PoetiCas September Reading: Ross Donlon and Katherine Gallagher

The next PoetiCas reading is Saturday Sept 26th
at our usual haunt,
Food Garden Oasis, 14 Mostyn Street(down the lane) Castlemaine

We hope you might come a bit early if you would like a drink or snack, so we can be all settled for a 2pm start.
There is wonderful warm food for you to enjoy before the reading -
it's a good idea to book if you want to eat : 5470 5548

This month our feature readers will be Ross Donlon and Katherine Gallagher.

PLUS our usual open section vying for the Castlemaine Cup.

Ross Donlon has been awarded The Varuna Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship.

He has won international poetry competitions and the spoken word event at the Tasmanian Poetry Festival, The Launceston Cup. Extracts from his book, The Blue Dressing Gown, were produced as a program for Radio National’s Poetica in 2013.

Widely published in Australia & Ireland he has read his poems in the U.K. Ireland, Norway & Romania, featuring three times at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in Shopshire, England. His latest book is Sjovegen (The Sea Road) – 50 tanka for Alvik, translated into Norwegian & launched in Norway in 2015.

He is publisher of Mark Time Books & has convened poetry & festival events in Castlemaine.

Katherine Gallagher is an Australian poet resident in North London since 1979.  She has five full-length poetry collections, most recently Carnival Edge: New & Selected Poems (Arc Publications, 2010) – 'its natural territory the exotic and unknown, the fringe and carnivalesque,’ Jane Holland, Poetry Review. Her sixth collection Acres of Light is due out in 2016,

 Winner of the Warana Poetry Prize, a Royal Literary Fund Bursary and a Society of Authors’ Foundation Grant, Gallagher has been shortlisted or a runner-up in various awards. William Wilde, editor of Australian Poets & Their Works: A Reader’s Guide. (OUP,1996).said of her poetry:  Sensitive, imaginative and at ease in either a colloquial or more formal style, Gallagher is especially impressive when she writes of those close to her or of the general human condition where loss, grief, or sorrow are conveyed with eloquence and compassion.




PoetiCas July Reading

PoetiCas- Castlemaine Monthly Poetry and Spoken Word Readings next reading Sat July 25th

Guest Poets: Andy Jackson and Klare Lanson

Plus the open sectionvying for the Castlemine Cup

The Food Garden,  14 Mostyn Street Castlemaine

Come early if you ewant some food or drinks. Maybe book if you want some lunch on 5470 5548

'Your Beautiful Names' Book Launch and Exhibition

'Your Beautiful Names' Book Launch and Exhibition

BOOK LAUNCH & Exhibition
Asylum seeker issues featured through art and poetry
Dean John Roundhill will launch Out of the Darkness on Saturday 28th March in the Anglican Church Hall at 3PM. This powerful and moving exhibition has been created by a group of Queenscliff artists and is hosted by Castlemaine Rural Australians for Refugees and Christ Church.
At the launch local poets will be reading poetry written in response to a collection of poems written by asylum seekers. An exhibition of this poetry, Your Beautiful Names, will be shown in the Word Mine.
Both exhibitions will be open from Saturday 28th March – Sunday 5th April. Free entry.

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Storytelling with Taffy Thomas

Got to hear Taffy Thomas- UK Storyteller Laureate, along with Andrew Mckenna, today at the Food Garden as part of the Festival.It was a real treat. I get to tell one of my poems next week with Taffy at 2pm Food Garden Castlemaine. What a privilege!

Sound Journey Meditation

Jason Hendrickson and I are running two sound meditation journeys as part of Castlemaine Fringe Festival.

A sound meditation journey is where you come, lie down and relax, while you are bathed in the resonating sounds of various instruments, creating a deep, relaxing aural journey for the listener.

The instruments we use include Tibetan Singing Bowls, Bells, Medicine Drum, Gong, Voice, and Mongolian Morin Khuur.

What to bring: A yoga mat or blanket to lie down on and a light throw to put over you.
Entry: By Donation

Sound Meditation Journey is on at the West End Hall, Sun 15 March at 4.30pm and Sat 21 March at 10am.


Fire and Honey

As part of the Castlemaine Fringe Festival:

Jinari Mountain and Allis Hamilton present an evening of poetry, stories and sung word. Two well-travelled and unconventional women share stories from their intrepid adventures deep into their own psyches and in a world cast large.

Date: Thu 19 March, 7pm
Venue: The Mount of Alex Bookstore, 273 Barker st
$5.00 entry.
Adult themes!

Limited seating, please arrive early
Enquires: 0400 820 913 0434 441 421

Bimblebox Art Project

To raise awareness to the Bimblebox Nature Reserve in Queensland that is under threat from one of Clive Palmer's Coal Mines, the Bimblebox Art Project asked writers and artist to create a piece on one of the 153 birds found in the Bimblebox. I wrote a poem about the White-Necked (Pacific) Heron for their national touring exhibition.


Yesterday I was introduced to the Welsh treasure box of story – the Mabinogion, by Christine Willison, at a storytelling event at Ballarat Art Gallery, hosted by Storytelling Victoria.
What a beautiful day spent with storytellers and enthusiasts from around over the world.
Through the stories we travelled back in time and into the hearts and minds of our ancestors.
We got to tell a tale or two ourselves as we roamed around the gallery at the end of the day.

 Photograph by Jackie Kerin

Photograph by Jackie Kerin

'Healing Well ' Exhibition

A couple of my new pieces of art
'The giantess town of Alone, grows heavy from gravity'
and other older works are going to be gracing the walls of
'Healing Well' ,
147 Mostyn Street
from tomorrow until further notice.
Feel free to pop in to have a squiz, and you might even be inspired for some wonderful healing treatments whilst you are there.

Edith Piaf dance piece by Allis Hamilton featuring Nadyr

I had a brain haemmorage that paralysed and made numb my left side. After a lot of work, having danced a lot before the stroke, i attempted to dance again and see what happened.
I am seated in this piece as it was easier for me to start gently.
i want people to know that a stroke is not the end of creativity, in fact that as long as you have a beating heart in love with life, anything is possible.

Coalface project- 153 musicians to save 153 bird species!

I am a part of this wonderful project. I created the sound for the Diamond Dove.

153 musicians create the sounds of the indigenous birds threatened by the proposed coal mine in the Bimblebox Nature Refuge (50km NW of Alpha, Central West, Qld) is 8000 hectares of privately owned, high conservation value land and supports a range of ecosystems.  It was purchased in 2000 by a group of concerned citizens for the explicit purpose of saving it from land clearing.  Our Federal Government believed this property’s conservation value was important enough to contribute tax dollars to its purchase.  A perpetual Nature Refuge Agreement was signed with the Qld State Government in 2003, and it forms part of the National Reserve System of Protected Areas.  At present nature refuges are not protected from mining.

Drawn-out Moments & Sketchy Lines

CASPA Gallery CASPA Lane off Hargraves St (Above Stonemans Bookshop) Castlemaine

Drawings and mixed media works on paper by
Jinari Mountain & Allis Maun
Opening Party: 6pm Friday 5th September
Life is like a drawing.
Sometimes it is approached with slow deliberate care, and sometimes it is rushed at with mad frenzied inspiration. In this exhibition you will see the skill and beauty of long laboured works and the energy and passion that can be transmitted to paper when an artists expresses in the flow.

Opening Party: 6pm Friday 5th September

Castlemaine Poetry Cup

In Februaury, I won the Castlemaine Cup, http://castlemainepoetryreadings.org/ a monthly poetry competition, which features usually two acclaimed poets and holds a lively open section, which is judged by the featured poets.

I was judged by the featured Mark Time poets, Ann de Hugard, B N Oakman, Tru Dowling, Ross Donlon, Rob Wallis, Ray Liversidge.

Here is my little cup.

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