Working with Words: Corey Wakeling
Corey Wakeling is an Australian poet and academic based in Japan. His second full-length work of poetry, The Alarming Conservatory, is out in February. He spoke with us about Eileen Myles, grease traps, alternative realities and weeping for Wolverine.
The Next Big Thing
Hot Desk Edition #3
At summer’s cusp, it’s not just the weather that’s getting warmer. As their residencies draw to a close – and their creative goals draw nearer (we hope!) – our latest gang of Hot Desk Fellows will dribble down to The Moat to share early excerpts and insights from their projects.
Join Ingrid Baring, Bobuq Sayed, Alexandra Collier, Jane Howard, Lorelei…
Questions I’ve Asked Myself: Jaye Kranz
Ahead of The Festival of Questions, Jaye Kranz contemplates actions, reactions, the examined life ... and a freezer full of dead birds.
The Next Big Thing
Hot Desk Edition #2
In this edition of the Next Big Thing, hear works-in-progress from our second company of Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellows of 2017. Christopher Bryant, Koraly Dimitriadis, Elizabeth Flux, Lou Heinrich, Jordi Kerr, Tim McGuire and Mia Slater will share from the projects they’ve worked on over the past ten weeks inside the Wheeler Centre.
The Wheeler Centre
A Celebration of John Clarke
On Sunday 2 July, crowds filled the Melbourne Town Hall to pay tribute – and share in the humour of – the late satirist John Clarke. Here, we're sharing photos and a full audio recording of the event, as well as a rundown of the evening's programme.In this episode
Aunty Carolyn Briggs
Welcome to Country.
A few words on John.
Brian Dawe — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Thank you, welcome, and a little bit about the programme for the evening.
Lorin Clarke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Seamus Heaney’s ‘Post Script’.
An excerpt from ‘Quiz Answers’, a series printed in the Age and on John’s website.
On working with John Clarke.
On working with John as an editor. Ended with John reading from The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse (CD).
Reading from John’s latest collection of little stories, ‘Commonplace’, in Meanjin.
Reading from John’s book, The Tournament.
Wendy Harmer — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Martin Flanagan — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Reading her own poem, ‘John John Morrison Morrison’, heavily influenced by A. A. Milne, whom John believed to be heavily influenced by Australian poet RACV Milne (and whose work, discovered by John, is here).
On John and golf, frisbee, diving, and Shane’s cameo role in Stiff and The Brush Off.
Reading Part III of Auden’s ‘In Memory of W.B. Yeats’.
Paul Kelly, Vika and Linda Bull, Paul Dempsey, and Jeremy Smith
Singing Meet Me in the Middle of the Air, by Paul Kelly.
Reading Anthony Cronin’s ‘For a Father’.
Andrew Denton — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Reading ‘Frustration’ and ‘Comment’ by Dorothy Parker.
Reading ‘A Child’s Christmas in Warrnambool’ from John’s book, The Even More Complete Book of Australian Verse.
Reading extracts from Flann O’Brien's column in The Irish Times.
On bird-watching. Ended with Callimachus's poem, 'Heraclitus'.
John Wolseley — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)
Kaz Cooke — (Photo: Jon Tjhia)Related reading 15 Apr 2017 Note Remembering John Clarke / Life &…
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Slam Critic Slammed
Poetry’s fortunes in the wider world can seem grim at times but for lovers of poetry - its writers and readers - the form is more often than not little less than an obsession. As such, the poetry community can be deeply divided.
Last month, local slam poet Emilie Zoey Baker came into the Wheeler Centre to deliver an impassioned defence of slam poetry…
Launch of a Thousand Sails
Last night the Wheeler Centre hosted the launch of Australian Poetry. The event’s evocative title, ‘A Thousand Sails’, was taken from a poem by Chinese-Australian poet Ouyang Yu, who used the image to describe the diversity of Australian poetry. Australian Poetry is the result of the merger between the Australian Poetry Centre and the NSW-based Poets Union.
Featuring poets Yvette Holt, Dagmar Leupold, Chris…
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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