The Salon Series
At our summer Salon, we’re spotlighting artists who push formal limits and play outside the boundaries. Their work challenges assumptions and experiments with convention – whether fiction, poetry or music. Splash around in uncharted waters, colour outside the lines, start in the middle of the story, eat dessert first, and surrender to the unbounded and unexpected – who knows what…
Working with Words: Jazz Money
We spoke to Jazz Money, author of how to make a basket, about the influences and collaborative approach that define her writing.
Books and Ideas at Montalto
Tony Birch is one of Australia’s best, and best-loved, storytellers. Birch writes with fierce compassion. His prose is intimate, personal and tender, but always deeply political, concerned with challenging anything – person, power, portrayal – that would leave the dignity of a human life disregarded. A perennial Wheeler Centre – and Montalto – favourite, who better to welcome Books and…
Melbourne City Reads
Maxine Beneba Clarke: How Decent Folk Behave
Maxine Beneba Clarke is a literary force. Her award-winning short fiction, non-fiction and poetry fearlessly confront the power and privileges at play in contemporary Australia.
Clarke’s fourth poetry collection, How Decent Folk Behave, is a heartfelt and political exploration of the circumstances and forces that have led to our present pandemic-afflicted times. Its poems span topics including climate…
Working with Words: Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle
We spoke with author Zarah Butcher-McGunnigle about actually sort of hating writing.
Aural Events: Best of Australian Poetry
'The act of writing is an aural event.' Ania Walwicz
Best of Australian Poems is a new annual anthology collecting previously published and unpublished poems to create a poetic snapshot of the year that was. Capturing the richness and diversity of Australian poetry, the series will explore how poetic responses to the contemporary moment develop with each passing year.
Anything and everything in Poetry from across our archives.
Norwich’s Fine Literary Pedigree
By Lisa Dempster
In addition to being a celebration of all things literary, one of the most exciting things about Melbourne being a UNESCO City of Literature is the potential for us to connect with a network of writers and thinkers from our sister literary cities around the globe. Currently there are five Cities of Literature - Edinburgh, Melbourne, Iowa City, Dublin and Reykjavik…
Call for Submissions for the First Australian Poetry Anthology
Australian Poetry has announced plans to produce an anthology of poems by its members. The Wheeler Centre resident organisation is planning to make the publication a annual event as part of the suite of benefits it offers members.
The anthology will be edited by a team of volunteers that will include David Adès, Libby Hart, Heather Taylor Johnson, Vanessa Jones, Danny Lovecraft, Tim Metcalf…
Poem Sets New Printing Standard
From July to October 2010, Iowa City poet David Morice set himself a daunting task: to write a 100-page poem every day for 100 days. Entitled ‘Poetry City Marathon’, the poem was written as part of events to celebrate the naming of Iowa City as a City of literature by UNESCO (just like Melbourne).
The poet, who also goes by the name Dr Alphabet…
On Rhyme & Reason
The literary world has always been riddled with controversy. There’s a couple of controversies doing the rounds that we found of interest for what they say about about a new anthology of American poetry has brought to the fore age-old controversies about the vagaries of taste. A review in the New York Review of Books of the Penguin Anthology of Twentieth-Century American Poetry has…
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