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Best of Australian Poems 2022


First published in 2021, Best of Australian Poems is an annual anthology collecting previously published and unpublished poems to create a poetic snapshot of the year that was.


Celebrate the release of the second volume with Australian Poetry and the Wheeler Centre at an evening of conversation and poetic performances reflecting on the Australian poetic landscape and the state of poetry today.

Join guest editors and award-winning poets Jeanine Leane and Judith Beveridge as they discuss their approach to curating the collection and examining the contemporary moment through poetic responses. Then, enjoy readings and performances from some of the poets featured in the 2022 anthology.

Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry via the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.



You have the option to pay what you can for this for this event. As a guide, the suggested price is $15, although any amount will help cover our costs and keep these events accessible. Bookings are essential.

This event was originally scheduled for Tuesday 29 November 2022. Original tickets booked for this event are still valid.


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Judith Beveridge

Judith Beveridge has published seven volumes of poetry all of which have won or been short-listed for major prizes. Her latest volume, Sun Music: New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2018), won the Prime Minister’s Poetry Prize in 2019. She has edited and co-edited a number of anthologies including ... Read more

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane is a Wiradjuri writer, teacher and academic from southwest New South Wales. After a long teaching career, she completed a doctorate in Australian literature and Aboriginal representation and a postdoctoral fellowship at the Australian Centre for Indigenous History at the Australian Nat... Read more


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