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Australian Poetry: Beginnings


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The Wheeler Centre joins forces with Australian Poetry to celebrate the release of the latest Australian Poetry Journal with a night of readings and discussion. Coinciding with the publication of Thirty Australian Poets by the University of Queensland Press, it’s evident that Australian poetry and Australian poetry publishing are alive and well. But is there a way of getting more poetry jumping off book store shelves? Will digital publishing bring new audiences to poetry? Some of Australia’s most respected poets discuss these topics and more.


David McCooey

David McCooey is a poet, critic and associate professor in literary studies and professional & creative writing at Deakin University. David’s first book of poems, Blister Pack (2005), won the Mary Gilmore Award, and was short-listed for four other major awards, including The Age Book of the Ye... Read more

Maria Takolander

Maria Takolander was born in Melbourne in 1973 to Finnish parents. She is the author of three previous poetry collections, including Ghostly Subjects (Salt, 2009), which was shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award. Her poetry appeared regularly in The Best Australian Poems and The Bes... Read more

Justin Clemens

Justin Clemens is a philosopher, translator, social critic, poet and academic. He has published three collections of poetry, The Mundiad (Black Inc, 2004), Villain (Hunter Publishers, 2009) and Me ‘n’ me trumpet (Vagabond, 2011). Justin is primarily known for his work on French philosopher Alain... Read more

Mark Tredinnick

Mark Tredinnick is the author of Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, and eight other works. The Lyrebird (Picaro, March 2011) is his most recent book of poems, and a new collection (Body Copy) will be published in 2012. Mark’s poem ‘The Wombat Vedas’ won the Newcastle Po... Read more


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