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2014 Perth Poetry Festival Poetry Readings
Thursday 14th August 2014
Festival Launch – 6.30–8pm – Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets WAPI members $10, non-members $15
Come and meet this year’s guest poet line-up at our Festival Launch. Enjoy convivial company at the award presentation for the 2014 Creatrix Poetry and Haiku prizes, the 2014 Song Lyric Contest winner. Keynote Address presented by John Kinsella followed by a feature performance by John Kinsella.
Features – 8.30–10pm – Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets Free
An introduction to this year’s guest poets. Includes poetry readings by Tony Curtis (Ireland), jeltje (Jeltje Fanoy) (Victoria) and local poets Liana Joy Christensen, Renee Pettitt-Schipp, Neil J. (Brillo) Pattinson and Christine Della Vedova. Open mic readings from the audience may be possible dependent on program constraints and time.
Friday 15th August 2014
Poets Aloud – 12 noon – 2 pm – Wetlands Stage, Perth Cultural Centre – Free
Consider yourself a bard? Come and hear some of Perth’s best poets including features by Neil J. Pattinson and Liana Joy Christensen plus other local and guest poets. Open mic*
Feature Poets – 6.30–8pm – Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets – WAPI members $10, non-members $15
An intensive performance by festival guest poets Tony Curtis, jeltje (with musical accompaniment by Sjaak de Jong), Judith Beveridge and Liana Joy Christensen.
Multilingual Poetry – 8.30–10pm – Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets – WAPI members $10, non-members $15
Many words Many voices
Enjoy an evening of poetry performed by bilingual and multilingual poets. Guests include Hessom Razavi, Annamaria Weldon, Dureshawar Khan Yousafzai and Jeltje Fanoy.
Come and be charmed by the wonderful diversity of languages and cultures we can all share through poetry.
Limited open mike spots available on the night for poets writing in a language other than English. (English translations welcome but not essential)
Co-hosted by Vivienne Glance and Afeif Ismail
Saturday 16th August 2014
Poets Aloud – 12 noon – 2pm – Wetlands Stage, Perth Cultural Centre – Free
Consider yourself a bard? Come and hear some of Perth’s best poets including features by Neil J. Pattinson, Christine Della Vedova and Renee Pettitt-Schipp plus other local and guest poets, Open mic*
Perth Poetry Club – 2–4pm – Moon Cafe, 323 William Street, near Newcastle Streets – By donation
An introduction to the guest poets with features by Tony Curtis, jeltje, Judith Beveridge, Liana Joy Christensen, Renee Pettitt-Schipp, Neil J. Pattinson and Christine Della Vedova.
WA SLAM FINAL – 7.00–8.30pm – The BAKERY, 233 James Street Northbridge WAPI members $10, non members $15
The WA FINAL for the Australian Poetry Slam: come down and witness the West Australian final where the audience—you—could be the judge! Who will win a trip to Sydney to compete in the national final.
If you want to compete in this competition, the only two WA Heats will be held at:
- HEAT ONE: SUNDAY 3rd AUGUST – 4-6pm – MOON CAFE, 323 William St, Northbridge.
- HEAT TWO: SUNDAY 10th AUGUST – 7-9pm – 181 William St, Northbridge
Find out more at: http://wapoetryslam.com.au and http://australianpoetryslam.com
Comic Poetry – 8.30–10 pm – The BAKERY, 233 James Street Northbridge – WAPI members $10, non members $15
There is a rich but often-neglected tradition of comic poetry. This event will feature some of Perth’s best comedians doing poetry and some of Perth’s best poets doing comedy. Line up includes – Peter Bibby, Allan Padgett, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Peter Rondell, Anil, Hessom Razavi, Meryl Manoy, Karen Murphy, Brian Langley, Mar Buvknell, Cuttlewoman, Catherine Jennings and Di Barkas.
10pm – midnight – The BAKERY, 233 James Street Northbridge – DJ Silence and selected poets and guests.
Sunday 17th August 2014
Visiting Poets – 2–4pm – Crow Books, 900 Albany Highway, East Victoria Park by donation
Featured readings by Tony Curtis, jeltje and Judith Beveridge.
Young, Gifted and Unpublished – 6.30–8pm – Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets. – WAPI members $10, non-members $15
A night all about the young emerging generation of poets in Western Australia featuring Neil J. Pattinson, Renee Pettitt-Schipp, Christine Della Vedova plus Perth’s best young poets. Sign up for open microphone* yourself, but get down early, spots will go fast!
Noiseworx and Festival Close – 8.30–10pm – Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets – WAPI members $10, non members $15
Many poets use sound as an integral part of their meaning, rather than the sound being merely an inevitable side-effect of vocalising their literary meaning. This event will celebrate artists who use voice, music, noise and found sound as part of the way they present poetry to the world. Plus open mic*.
* open mic subject to program and time constrainnts
OPEN PANEL DISCUSSIONS Free
Venue: Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets.
Join guest poets and others and express an opinion in open and informal discussions about poetry and the where and why of it.
Friday 4.30–6pm, 15th August 2014
Why Do More People Write Poetry Than Buy, or Even Read, It?
What are the benefits of writing poetry? Are these benefits transferable to the audience? Have we become too accustomed to the ‘free download’ that we no longer cherish hard copies? Should other media be incorporated into poetry to make it more ‘user friendly’? And why don’t poets read each others’ work?
Saturday 4.30–6pm, 16th August 2014
Call That a Poem?
The definition of poetry is constantly in flux dependent on current fads, fashions and idiosyncrasies. Have we stretched the boundaries too far and lost the distinctions that make a poem a poem? What are those distinctions? Do they even matter any more? Why do some poets and readers insist on clinging to rigid definitions of poetry?
Sunday 4.30–6pm, 17th August 2014
Is There Such a Thing as Australian Poetry Any More?
Has local culture been overwhelmed by the entertainment industry to become something that is more influenced by the dominant global (American?) culture than by local conditions? Was there ever poetry that could have been termed ‘Australian’ and if so, does it still exist or have poets embraced the global trend? Can poets still retain aspects of Australian culture that make their poetry distinctly Australian? Why is most Australiana such utter rubbish? What aspects should we preserve in poetry to maintain an Australian flavour, and why?
Venue: Northbridge Piazza Community Centre, upstairs corner James and Lake Streets
Sound and Imagery in Poetry – Judith Beveridge
Friday 15th August 2.30–4pm.
An interactive workshop suitable for all levels of ability where Judith will talk about the use of sound and imagery in poetry.
Poetry Live in the House – jeltje
Saturday 16th August 10 am – 12 noon.
Is there a place for poetry alongside contemporary music, or even performed with musical accompaniment? For the last decade or so, Jeltje has been performing and recording with improvising musicians. In this workshop, with musical accompaniment by Sjaak de Jong, she will discuss how, working with musicians, she became more aware of the rhythms of speech inherent in her own poetry. It also allowed her, as a migrant poet, to reach a larger audience as the music made her poetry performances more accessible to audiences not familiar with speech patterns associated with writers from non-English speaking backgrounds. This is an interactive workshop and suitable for all poets of varying levels of ability.
For background notes On This Workshop: ftloose.com.au
Making a Poem – Tony Curtis
Sunday 17th August 11.30am–1.30pm.
Join eminent Irish poet, Tony Curtis, for an enlightening session on ‘making poems’, an interactive workshop suitable for the all people interested in writing poetry, from the beginner to the advanced, emphasising Tony’s delight in talking to people about how they make their poems, and why.