Poetry d’Amour 2014: Love Poems on Valentine’s Day

Poetry d’Amour 2014 brought love poems on Valentine’s Day in Mandurah and at the Japanese Gardens at Perth Zoo.

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Kate Wilson – Photo Coral Carter

Performances by Montreal Poetry Prize winner Mark Tredinnick and writer, joined by some of Western Australia’s favourite poets: Amanda JoyHessom Razavi and Kate Wilson who performed with Summerhouse Choir. Poetry d’Amour 2014 award winning poets such as Maree DawesGail Willems and Shane McCauley were joined by local award winners.  MC for South Perth was ABC Presenter Karen Tighe, and WAPI’s own Gary de Piazzi featured as MC for Poetry d’Amour in Mandurah.

Many thanks to our sponsors Green House Realty Mandurah, the City of Mandurah, City of South Perth, Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery, Claire Bates Graphic Design, Beba Hall, Stephany Durack and supporters Crow Books, Corona Books and the Fremantle Chocolate Factory.

Find more information and biographies click here

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Poetry d’Amour 2014

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Poetry d’Amour brings Australia’s best loved poets and performers live on stage on Valentine’s Day, by the water in Mandurah and under the stars at the Japanese Gardens at Perth Zoo. Mark Tredinnick, Ailsa Piper, Amanda Joy, Hessom Razavi, Kate Wilson with Summerhouse Choir, Gail Willems, Shane Mc Cauley and Ross Jackson will make your heart sing with a range of love poems, and music with romantic strings and tunes by Mike Burns. MC for Perth is ABC presenter Karen Tighe.

Book early to avoid disappointment! Go to the Poetry d’Amour page to find out more, or book here.

Poetry d’Amour Limited Edition Prints


Beba Hall is a West Australian artist who lives in Perth. She has a B.A. in Design from Curtin University and has worked as a graphic designer and illustrator. Beba has been exhibiting as a visual artist since 1999, and is the recipient of a number of awards with works held in private and public collections.

Each year Beba has donated a stockroom image to be used as the cover of the Poetry d’Amour anthology.  This year, Beba painted Dream Lovers in the Garden of Omar especially for the 2014 Anthology.

Beba Halls Dream Lovers in the Garden of Omar is now officially released in Limited Edition to raise funds for Poetry d’Amour.

Just 10 prints will be made available:

5 small images  203 mm x 254 mm  (8” x 10”) for $250 each printed on Hahnemuhler Fine Art Paper

Unframed $250            Framed  $350

5 large images printed on Archers’ Paper  420 x 596  (A3 sized image) printed on Archers Paper

Unframed  $450            Framed  $650

The Original Artwork is available for Sale from Beba Hall. POA  www.bebahallartist.com
Each image will be individually signed and numbered by the Artist. 

Please contact Stephany Durack on 0413 277 299 or durack_s@tpg.com.au to order your print or find out more. Or email your interest to Gary or Tineke directly and they can pass your order over and we can make arrangements over the phone.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to have an image of lasting quality, this is the first Art Print Beba has agreed to release, so is highly collectable.

Poetry d’Amour 2014 line-up announced

Following the last two years’ successes Poetry d’Amour 2014 brings established and new talents to a live stage on Valentine’s Day in Mandurah and in South Perth. There will be performances by Blake Poetry Award winner Anthony Lawrence and Mark Treddinick, editor of Australian Love Poems (Inkerman and Blunt). They will be joined some of Western Australia’s favourites: Amanda Joy, Hessom Razavi and Kate Wilson who will be performing with Summerhill Choir. For further details, read more on the events page.

Book now!

Poetry d’Amour Mandurah

Alcoa Mandurah Art Gallery
Mandurah Performing Arts Centre
Ormsby Terrace, Mandurah
Friday 14 February 2014, 11-12.30pm
Booking link

Poetry d’Amour under the Stars
Japanese Gardens, Perth Zoo.
Friday 14 Feb 2014, 7-9.30pm
Booking link

Tickets: $45/$35 Concession

Line-up 2014

Mark Treddinick
Amanda Joy and Anthony Lawrence
Kate Wilson and Summerhill Choir
Hessom Razavi
with Poetry d’Amour 2014 Award Winners
MC Karen Tighe (South Perth)

Find more information and biographies click here

Winners Poetry d’Amour 2014 Competition

The competition was judged by Dr Liana Joy Christensen.

Winners are:

First Prize – Shane McCauley

Second Prize – Ross Jackson 

Highly Commended
Debi Hamilton
Rosie Barter

Heather Taylor Johnson
Danny Gunzburg

Rural, Regional and Remote (sponsored by Stephany Durack) – Maree Dawes

Peel region award (sponsored by the City of Mandurah) – Gail Willems


The winning poems, together with selected entries from the competition, are published in ‘Poetry d’Amour 2014: Love Poems’ edited by Liana Joy Christensen, and available from Crow Books, Corona Books and the State Library bookshop.

POETRY D’AMOUR 2014 Love Poems

2014 Poetry d'Amour Cover


Cover art by Beba Hall Dream Lovers in the Garden of Omar

Poetry d’Amour 2014: love poems - Edited by Liana Joy Christensen

This is the new collection of love poems published and co-ordinated by WA Poets Inc for Poetry d’Amour.

“The playful, silly and humorous are as much a part of love as the deeper, darker passions. Poets from across the nation have sung their hearts out. The anthology contains many new voices together with more complexly orchestrated harmonies from professional poets.” Liana Joy Christensen, Editor

The volume counts 118 new and unpublished poems by 69 poets, including some of Australia’s most prominent. 2013 Blake Poetry Prize winner Anthony Lawrence, and Mark Tredinnick as well as WA’s finest and emerging writers.

ISBN 9780987363336 (Paperback, 154pp)

RRP $ 19.95

Available from

Crow Books, 1/900 Albany Highway East Victoria Park WA 6101

Stae Libary Bookshop, Alexander Library Perth Cultural Centre

Corona Books, Centro Mandurah 330 Pinjarra Road Mandurah WA 6210

Or order here

Invitation; Poetry d’Amour Winners and Launch

The Poetry d’Amour team has been busy working behind the scenes to prepare a third year of events with Poetry d’Amour 2014. The 2014 Poetry d’Amour anthology, edited by Liana Joy Christensen, competition judge, will be launched and the winners of the 2014 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry competition will be announced on 21 November 2013 at 7pm at Mattie Furphy House, cnr Wood & Kirkwood Sts, Swanbourne. Also at this event will be the launch of the 2014 Poetry d’Amour program of live performances on Valentine’s Day. The evening will feature a fantastic line-up of poets culminating in an open mike, if time permits. Visit the Poetry d’Amour facebook page for more information https://www.facebook.com/poetry.damour please click here

2014 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Prize

WA Poets Inc. Invites entries to 2014 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Prize

Your original, unpublished love poem offers the opportunity for:
- Over $500 in cash prizes plus book bonuses for selected awards
- Performance mentoring* for selected winners valued at $500
- Top ranking poems published in the “Poetry d’Amour Anthology 2014”
- Winners in the General and Regional categories will have the opportunity to perform on Valentine’s Day, Friday 14 February 2014*

New prize categories include:
- An incentive award for entries from people under 21 years old,
- City of Mandurah Award for entries from people living in the Peel Region and
- Regional WA Award for entries from people living in regional WA and remote areas

* conditions apply

Entries close at midnight on 25 August, 2013 and may only be submitted by email.

For details about the entry fee, conditions of entry, prizes and entry form, please click here

2013 WA Poetry Festival

15th – 18th August

Join national poets:

  • TTO
  • Graham Nunn

and local poets:

  • Allan Boyd
  • Brian Langley
  • Helen Child
  • Jaya Penelope
  • David Vincent Smith

supported by:

  • Tineke Van Der Eecken
  • Scott-Patrick Mitchell
  • Maitland Schnaars
  • Danny Gunzburg

and many others as they read and perform some of their finest poetry.

Details coming soon.

KSP’s 2013 Writers’ and Performance Festival of the Asian-Australian Voice

Friday, Saturday, Sunday 12, 13, 14 April

New Australian Voices Festival to showcase the writing of Asian Australians and impact on culture

Katharine Susannah cordially invites you and all your friends and family to a unique Writers Festival celebrating the Asian-Australian Voice. Featuring special events, gourmet foods and wine, and notable authors flown in from all corners of the country, this Festival promises to be the highlight of KSP’s year! Fill a table at our Literary Dinner, or grab five minutes in the spotlight at our Open Mic Night, or enjoy some Asian teas whilst listening to the vibrant Panel banter of six accomplished authors. Become a Friend of the Festival for an exclusive weekend pass to four events! Tickets are now on sale, phone Shannon at KSP on 08 9294 1872 to book and for payment details.

Open Mic Night ($15) Friday 12 April, 6-9pm Darlington Hall

Writers’ Workshop ($40) Saturday 13 April 1-4pm KSP House.

Literary Dinner ($48) Saturday 13 April, 7-10pm Caduceus Clubroom at Gloucester Park.

Panel Discussion ($20) Sunday 13 April, 10am-1pm KSP House.

Dim Sum Lunch ($20) with Asian Teas and Author Talk Sunday 13 April, 1-3pm KSP House.

More info at http://kspf.iinet.net.au/events.html