'Storm Music' in Skylight 47

This Thursday 15 September at Clifton Library, County Galway, Robyn Rowland shall launch Skylight 47 latest issue of their magazine. And delightfully, one of my poems, featuring donkeys and wrens, is in the magazine.

About Skylight 47, (taken from the festival website) : "The first issue of Skylight 47 was published in January 2013 to celebrate ten years of Galway’s Over The Edge poetry readings in the City Library. It was only supposed to be a single issue, but founding editors Kevin O’Shea, Susan Lindsay and Nicki Griffin were so taken with what they had produced, they decided to carry on.

Their editors have changed: Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan are now at the helm of the publication. They are still associated with Over The Edge, which provides them with tremendous support.

Their newspaper format allows us room to spread our wings, and gives the work of our contributors space to breath. "

PoetiCas – August 27, Sue King-Smith & Judith Rodriguez + Launch of Castlemaine Poetry Festival

POETiCAS This Saturday!
AND - you may have heard the rumours: Castlemaine will be home to its very own POETRY FESTIVAL here in October. The team at PoetiCas, together with the Castlemaine Word Mine, has been busy this past year making this possibility a reality, with funding and support from Mt Alexander Shire Council and Regional Arts Victoria. We are now very happy to be able to share the vision with you all at last.

We will be launching the official program for the 2016 Castlemaine Poetry Festival at this month's PoetiCas reading. Hitherto hidden secrets will be finally revealed - the who's who of our headline poets - the when and where of all our exciting events! Copies of the program will be available for you to take home.

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PoetiCas – April 23 Derek Motion & Nathan Curnow

We are excited to announce that our April reading will feature two wonder boys of Australian poetry: Derek Motion and Nathan Curnow.

Derek Motion is a poet from Narrandera, NSW, where he also works across the Western Riverina region as a Regional Arts Development Officer. He was winner of the Judith Wright Overland Poetry Prize in 2009, and the fourW Poetry Prize in 2015. His first poetry collection 'lollyology' was published in 2012 and a second is now on its way. Blogs at typingspace.com

Nathan Curnow lives in Ballarat and is a past editor of Going Down Swinging. His work is published widely, both locally and overseas, and features in Best Australian Poems 2008, 2010 and 2013 (Black Inc). His books include The Ghost Poetry Project, The Right Wrong Notes and most recently, The Apocalypse Awards. He is a winner of the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, a father of four daughters and a regular swimmer of the pool’s black line.

Food Garden
14 Mostyn Street, Castlemaine

Sat 23 April 1.30 for 2pm start -4pm
Come early for a delicious organic vegan/vegetarian lunch or to get your coffee
before the show begins.

$5 donation at the door.

Ten x 3 minute spots for the open section, so bring your poems and read them for us.

PoetiCas – Freya Mathews & Tru S. Dowling

PoetiCas will reconvene on Saturday 27 February
At Food Garden 14 Mostyn Street ( down the lane)
The reading begins at 2pm, but we ask,
that you come at 1.30 ( or earlier to enjoy a delicious lunch)
to be settled, cuppas in hand for the start of the reading.

This month, our readings will coincide with the Sustainability Festival
and our guest readers will be veering towards this element in their writing.

Open Section allows three minutes at the mic per reader.
$5 donation on entry please.

Our feature readers this month are:

FREYA MATHEWS is Adjunct Professor of Environmental Philosophy at Latrobe University. Her books include The Ecological Self (1991), Ecology and Democracy (editor) (1996), For Love of Matter: a Contemporary Panpsychism (2003), Journey to the Source of the Merri (2003), Reinhabiting Reality: towards a Recovery of Culture (2005), Ardea: a philosophical novella (forthcoming 2016) and Without Animals Life is not Worth Living (forthcoming 2016). She is the author of over seventy articles in the area of ecological philosophy. Her current special interests are in ecological civilization; indigenous (Australian and Chinese) perspectives on “sustainability” and how these perspectives may be adapted to the context of contemporary global society; panpsychism and critique of the metaphysics of modernity; and wildlife ethics and rewilding in the context of the Anthropocene. In addition to her research activities she manages a private biodiversity reserve in northern Victoria. She is a fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

TRU S. DOWLING is a Bendigo poet, performer, mother, word-lover and gardener. Her work is published in Blue Giraffe, Poetry Monash, Famous Reporter, Eureka Street, The Mozzie, Platform, Offset (VU), Land Lines (MPU), A Lightness of Being (PCP) and Antipodes (Wayne State University Press, forthcoming), amongst others. She holds a Diploma of Professional Writing & Editing, a BA (majoring in philosophy, and literature H1), and teaches with Bendigo-Kangan Institute’s professional writing course. Tru’s other roles are writing workshop presenter, emcee, street poet, freelance editor and singer songwriter for folk band The Wagtales; community collaborations with artists and musicians inspire and invigorate her. Recent successes include the Francis Webb Award (2012), the Castlemaine Poetry Cup (2013), the Dahlia and Arts Literary Prize, the Joseph Furphy Literary Award (2014), and the 2015 Castlemaine Poetry Prize. Her poetry chapbook is Memoirs of a Consenting Victim, (Mark Time Books, 2011); her latest project is a verse novel about a boy growing up the way others expect, set in 1940s Castlemaine, entitled Butcher, Baker, His-story Maker.


I have failed to keep this page up of late.

Just to keep you in the loop. For PoetiCas – Castlemaine's poetry reading, in October

we had the marvellous Chris Wallace-Crabb be our guest reader and he ran two workshops for us over that weekend.

In November, we announced the winners of the Castlemaine – Midland Express Poetry Prize

and had White Rabbit play some poetry tunes.



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.