Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poetry In Primary and High School

In the last few weeks of school, I was happy to take poetry workshops at both Randwick Public School for Year 3 and Sydney Girls High for Years 8,9,and 10.

As a writer and poet it is good to be in contact this way with students responding and writing their poems. It's always refreshing to hear students' points of view. At the Primary School, we were trialling part of a new educational program I am developing which is based on poetry. This helped give insight as we move towards an exciting publication.

Poetry Body Sculpture at Sydney Girls High Workshop

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Convivial Tasmanian Launch

On the 6th of November fellow editor Rachael Bailey and I were welcomed at the Hobart National Museum and Art Gallery by members of the Tasmanian Writers Centre, for the launch of Women's Work (Pax Press) to an audience of about 60 people. Dr Terry Whitebeach gave an insightful and amazingly detailed launch talk and eight Tasmanian poets read their own work after which much cake and champagne were enjoyed. We scored the social pages of The Mercury newspaper and an early morning interview with  ABC radio, all engineered by the energetic poet, Gina Mercer. We were ably supported by Hobart bookshop's presence on the night with plenty of copies. Not only that, staying at the gorgeous Art Hotel, Rachael shared a breakfast table briefly with Australian legend, cricketer Glen McGrath.

Gina Mercer and Libby Hathorn