Majura Café Poets – Poetry Patisserie 2021

Self published, Australia, 2022
Cover design Karen May
Internal design Clint Wright

Cover photo depicts Le Bon Mélange Café Patisserie Gungahlin

The Majura Café Poets have been meeting since 2009 under the leadership of Canberra poet Fiona McIlroy. Despite the limitations of COVID lockdowns and uncertainty, the group has continued to gather and enjoy collegial support for their writing over the last two years and has produced this excellent slim volume of selected works.

Fiona McIlroy talks to Barbie about Poetry Patisserie 2021, and several of the poets read their poems
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Lizz Murphy –  Poetry reading from The Wear of my Face

Hosted by Yass Bookstore
Liberty Theatre, Comur Street, Yass, NSW
Saturday 30 April 2022 at 3pm

Canberra region poet Lizz Murphy’s exquisite recent publication The Wear of my Face is reviewed on our website at: https://www.livingartscanberra.com.au/lizz-murphy-the-wear-of-my-face/

All welcome, free entry, afternoon tea provided.

Photo: Living Arts Canberra

Michele Seminara – Suburban Fantasy

UWAP, Australia, 2021
Cover design Alissa Dinallo

This collection of poetry is achingly beautiful and beautifully aching – traversing themes of domestic discord, the treatment of and expectations placed upon women in our society and other matters of social import.

Michele Seminara talks to Barbie about Suburban Fantasy
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Photography, ceramics and poetry at Tuggeranong Arts Centre

Christina Lowry –   Memento Vivere: Remember to Live
Emma Crocker and Elspeth Rowell – Secure Escape
James Farley and Lachlan Brown – Walking in Isolation
From 5 February 2022, with hand building workshops on Saturday 26 February and Saturday 5th Mar 2022

The exhibitions explore changing definitions of collaborative practice, in the context COVID of social distancing  and lockdowns.

Christina Lowry talks about Memento Vivere: Remember to Live
James Farley discusses Walking in Isolation
Emma Crocker and Elspeth Rowell on Secure Escape
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Omar Musa – Killernova

Penguin Random House, Australia, 2021

This book presents two wings of Omar Musa’s arts practice, the written word and his wood cut artworks.

Omar is widely known and highly regarded as a performance poet. Spoken word is an entirely different medium from poetry that is written, then published, into some sort of permanency – something a tad disturbing to this poet.

Omar Musa talks about Killernova
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Colin Campbell – Poems

Stringybark Publishing, Australia, 2021

Poems is an intimate and affecting collection of work by a poet with an assured mastery of the English word and phrase. Many of the poems speak of his love for his mother and for the Suffolk countryside of his boyhood, often felt to be one and the same.

There are constant echoes of Gerard Manley Hopkins and Dylan Thomas in Colin Campbell’s beautiful language, along with the lilt and fall of the Suffolk dialect he sometimes employs in his story telling. For this is what these poems are, the stories of his life and loves, from the sadness and shame of his unmarried mother to the cruelty of the cane-wielding school master.

Colin Campbell talks to Barbie and reads some of his poems. Music is from Dubussy’s Clair de Lune
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Harry Laing and Anne Ryan – Rapperbee – Poems to Give you a Buzz

Ford St Publishing, Australia, 2021

Harry Laing’s poetry and Anne Ryan’s illustrations marry perfectly in this collection, exuding energy and a delight in the wonders of the everyday. Indeed, the poet’s intent is to ‘normalise’ poetry, to make it an easy, accessible vehicle for ideas, observations and feelings.

Barbie gave Harry Laing a buzz to talk about Rapperbee
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Ella Kurz, Simone King and Claire Delahunty (eds) – What We Carry

Recent Work Press, Canberra, Australia, 2021

This superb collection of poetry is about childbearing.  The editors speak in their introduction of ‘the ineffable mosaic of wonder, fatigue, love, elation, discomfort and tedium experienced during pregnancy, birth and early parenthood.’ The works selected also speak of the diversity of experience around the whole notion of childbearing – birth, pain, blood, loneliness, heritage, abortion, IVF, infertility, still birth, rape. But also, joy.

Barbie speaks to Ella Kurz about What We Carry
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