2016 Perth Poetry Festival

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5 – 14th August

A celebration of spoken word featuring national poets Kevin Brophy, Matt Hetherington, Robbie Coburn and local poets Jennifer Kornberger, Horst Kornberger, Josephine Clarke, Jakob Boyd and Alex Biddle with many opportunities for participation.

Download a one page version of all Festival events; 2016 Program

For program of readings and performances click here

For biographies of guest poets click here

For Festival workshops click here

To purchase tickets for workshops click here

To purchase tickets for select readings and performances click here

Follow the  Festival on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wapoetsinc/


The 2016 Perth Poetry Festival is part of the City of Perth Winter Arts Festival 2016 and supported by:2016 Logos long

Ros Spencer Poetry Prize 2016

A new poetry contest from WA Poets Inc. for original and unpublished poems of up to 60 lines with an open theme.

First Prize $500

This Contest is closed for judging.

Award winners will be announced as part of the Perth Poetry Festival Event, 7pm on Sunday 14th Aug. at The Northbridge Community Room.


2016 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest

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$600 in cash plus other prizes for selected awards

  • Top ranking and selected poems published in the anthology Poetry d’Amour 2016
  • Winners in the Open and Regional categories will have the opportunity to 
perform their winning entry at the launch of the anthology at the Japanese Garden, Perth Zoo on 19 November 2016*

Additional prize categories include:

  • An incentive award for entries from people under 21 years old
  • Remote and Regional WA Award for entries from people living in remote and regional Western Australia

This contest is closed for judging

Winners will be announced at the launch of the anthology Poetry d’Amour 2016 on 19 November 2016 and posted on the web as soon as possible afterwards.

Poetry d’Amour Workshops

4Unfortunately these workshops have been cancelled

A series of workshops designed to facilitate the best love poetry we can produce.

WEEK 1: Saturday April 30, 10 am – 12:30 pm. Dr Neil Preston

The Psychology of Romantic Love: in defence of the madness of falling in and out of love Part 1: The Love Potion and the Sword of Eros

WEEK 2: Saturday May 7th 10-12:30. Amanda Joy

Love in Bright Landscapes: Rewilding Your Words


World Poetry Day

When: March 21, 2016, 7.30am-8.30am

Where: Murray Street and Hay Street Malls

With the aim of connecting people through the gift of poetry, school kids, workers and shoppers in the CBD will be given a hand-written haiku attached to a fresh flower created specially for the occasion by West Australian poets in collaboration with volunteers from the Centre for Stories,

City of Perth is proudly supporting the World Poetry Day celebration and local artist and floral lover, Alina Tang, has designed a card specifically for the poetry inscription.

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Love Poetry under the Stars

4Valentine’s Day, 7 – 9.30 pm. Sunday 14th February

WA Poets and Poetry d’Amour have another exciting program of love poems and music on Valentine’s Day for you.

This year we will evoke the world’s best poetic voices live on stage with MC Karen Tighe and local poets Dennis Haskell, Amanda Joy, Kate Wilson, Jaya Penelope, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Laundry Man (aka Jacob Boyd), Veronica Lake, Tineke Van der Eecken, Gary De Piazzi. and others. Guest musician is Steve Tallis.

Bring a picnic and join us at the Amphitheatre behind Mattie Furphy House, Claire Copse. Swanbourne. BYO picnic,  drinks, rug & cushions (limited seating available). Door opens 6.30pm.

Entry: $15 (WAPI Members/Concession $10) at the door OR

for credit card bookings click here (a booking fee applies)

Poetry with Alwyn Marriage

PoetryNightAlwynMarriageJoin us for a combined FAWWA/WAPI poetry event at Mattie Furphy House (Claire Copse, Swanbourne) next Wednesday (3rd February 7 – 9 pm) featuring UK publisher and poet, Alwyn Marriage and local poets Glen Phillips, Shane McCauley and Peter Jeffrey for an evening of poetry and discussion.

Entry: $10 FAWWA/WAPI members, $15 non members (wine and cheese included).

 For more details click here

Bush Poetry Showcase

Presented by WA Bush Poets and Yarn Spinners Assoc.

Australia Day, Tuesday 26th January 2016

Wireless Hill Park, Ardross

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Enjoy the best Oz family entertainment this side of the Rabbit Proof Fence.

Bring family & friends, a chair or blanket to sit on, sun protection and refreshments, sit back and enjoy traditional and contemporary bush poetry by some of WA’s top Bush Poets

Free entry but donations gratefully accepted.

more information at http://www.wabushpoets.asn.au/

City of Rockingham’s 2015 Community Christmas Poetry Competition

Entries will soon be open for the City of Rockingham’s 2015 Community Christmas Poetry Competition.

The 2015 Community Christmas Poetry Competition aims to create a sense of good will and community pride during the festive season. Entrants are invited to submit up to three poems of no longer than 24 lines on the theme of ‘Christmas’.

Entry is free. The winning entry will be displayed on posters throughout the Rockingham area during the festive period. The winning poet will receive 2 copies of the poster as well as a first prize of $200.

Submissions will be accepted from 14 September and close 2 November.

To enter:

  • Send a maximum of 3 poems, attached to an email in rtf or doc format, to customer@rockingham.wa.gov.au with “POETRY SUBMISSION: Your Title” as the subject line.
  • The body of your email must include your name, address, phone/mobile number, email address, and the title & line counts of your poems. To ensure anonymity, do not include your details on your entered poems themselves.
  • Do not post entries. Only entries received via email will be accepted.
  • Each poem must be no longer than 24 lines. All poems must be based around the theme of ‘Christmas’.
  • Poems must be original, unpublished, not have received an award in another competition, and not be under consideration elsewhere from the time of entry in the awards until the official announcement of the winners.
  • To ensure anonymity no writers names to appear on MS. The winner may be invited to read their winning poem at the launch of the 2015 Community Christmas Lights Display at the Rockingham Foreshore, Saturday 5 December 2015.
  • Employees of the City of Rockingham and their family members are ineligible to enter.
  • The judges’ decisions are final, and no correspondence will be entered into. Any attempt to lobby judges or City of Rockingham employees, or influence decisions, may result in disqualification.
  • Entries close 2 November 2015, and winners will be contacted by phone or email prior to public announcement.

The 1st prize winning entry will be published on an A3 poster which will be displayed throughout Rockingham during the festive period, as well as the City of Rockingham webpage.

1st PRIZE:         $200 + 2 copies of the Christmas Poster

For more information, visit the website.