Friday, July 29, 2011

Queensland Poetry Festival: Spoken in one strange word

I have been given the opportunity to be a guest blogger for the Queensland Poetry Festival (QPF) which is on in Brisbane next month. How exciting! I get to interview poets that are part of the festival and post some pictures of them, their poems and the interviews I do with them. So remember to drop by "Dada Doesn't Catch Flies" over the next few weeks leading up to QFP (26th-28th August) as I feature some extraordinary contemporary poets!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Penguin classics winner!

I won a Penguin Black Classics Subscriber only giveaway! I am a subscriber to Penguin Australia's email list and they had a competition where you had to say what your favorite Penguin Black classics is for your chance to win 10 Penguin Black Classics. My favorite was The Pillow Book by Sei Shonagon, I have read it so many times over the years and it is a book that I keep returning to and re-falling in love with.

I was so excited when I got the email to say I had won, but then I had the hard task of choosing ten Black Classics - there are so many great books to choose from! This was the eclectic list that I settled on and they arrived yesterday:

1. Baudelaire Charles Selected Poems
2. Keats John Complete Poems
3. Kierkegaard Soren Fear & Trembling
4. Seneca Dialogues & Letters
5. Shackleton Ernest South:The Endurance Expedition
6. Caesar Julius Conquest of Gaul
7. Darwin Charles Voyage of the Beagle
8. De Quincey Thomas Confessions of an English Opium-Eater
9. Huysmans Joris-Karl The Damned
10.Goethe The Sorrows of Young Werther

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Queensland Poetry Festival...

Hello! I have been busy writing, reading, note taking and transcribing since I got back from Melbourne. I interviewed three more poets for the PhD while I was away. So that brings the list to seven now: Laurie Duggan, Alan Wearne, Robert Adamson, John Tranter, Kris Hemensley, John A Scott and Robert Kenny. Still a few more to go!

Also with the wedding only seven weeks away I am now devoting my weekends to wedding related organising. So life has been busy but wonderful since my return. However, as we all need a break from time to time, today I booked my ticket for the Queensland Poetry Festival which is on at the Judith Wright Centre next month from the 26th to the 28th. You can check out the program and list of artists here. Looking forward to a long weekend of poetry and seeing some friends read. Might see you there!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Bridge Street Richmond, China Town, National Gallery of Victoria and the State Library

I had a great time in Melbourne. Between the conference, the book launches and poetry readings, interviews with poets, visiting the Vienna Art and Design and King Tut exhibitions, and catching up with friends, it was a hectic week. Now, back to reality, more soon!

Monday, July 4, 2011

On the Road...

I am all packed for my adventure to Melbourne tomorrow. I am heading down to the Poetry and the Contemporary Symposium, as well as the Tutankhamen Exhibition, and I have interviews lined up with three poets for my thesis. I am very excited to be meeting with Kris Hemensley, John A Scott and Robert Kenny.