Castlemaine Poetry Readings

The Castlemaine Poetry Readings program for 2014 begins with an exciting line up of inspiring poets from regional Victoria, Melbourne and interstate.
There’s also the Open Section with the Castlemaine Cup and fabulous raffle prizes.

February 23rd: Mark Time Poets. A rich reading from the great poets from Central Vic and Melbourne published by Mark Time Books.

March 23rd: Laura Shore (Byron Bay) and Paul Mitchell (Melbourne). Two fine poets and great readers. Laura Shore, the energy and talent behind the Byron Bay poetry scene is only appearing in Castlemaine. Paul Mitchell, known for his dramatic readings and theatrical presentation comes with his new book from Walleah Press.

April 27th: Sarah Day (Hobart) and Stephen Edgar (ex Hobart now Sydney). Two of Australia’s finest poets, both travelling expressly to read in Castlemaine. Sarah has been a very popular reader at various Castlemaine venues and in the famous Carmen’s Tunnel Festival reading of 2011. Stephen is making his first visit to Castlemaine but his reputation proceeds him – a great paring.

May 25th: Peter Bakowski and Bronwyn Lovell. Peter Bakowski is popular reader with a marvellous presentation and a huge following in Australian poetry. He comes with his latest book. Bronwyn Lovell is a rising star in Australian poetry, shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2013 and a standout at the Bendigo Writers’ Festival last year – a fine poet and great performer.

Cost: $3 donation to Pay the Poets

When: 4th Sunday of the month. 3pm – 5pm.

Where: Five Flags Hotel, Midland Hwy, Campbells Creek (few mins south of Castlemaine)


Poetry Reading: Five Flags Hotel & Castlemaine Poetry Prize

Award-winning poets Kathryn Lomer and Anne M Carson will read at the Five Flags Hotel this Sunday afternoon and winners of the Castlemaine Poetry Competition will also be announced.

Kathryn Lomer’s first poetry collection, Extraction of Arrows, won the Anne Elder Award. Her second, Two Kinds of Silence, won the 2008 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards’ Kenneth Slessor Prize. Another collection, Night Writing, will be published by University of Queensland Press in 2014.
Kathryn has published two young adult novels: What now, Tilda B?, which won the Margaret Scott Prize in 2011; and The Spare Room. She has also published a collection of short fiction, Camera Obscura, and a novel, The god in the ink. Kathryn lives in Hobart and works at the celebrated Museum of Old and New Art usually known as MONA.

Anne M Carson is a Melbourne writer and visual artist who has just had her first full-length collection, Removing the Kimono, published by Hybrid Publishers. She has won and been commended in numerous poetry prizes including most recently a Commendation in the 2013 Max Harris Poetry Prize. As a Creative Writing Therapist she has edited 3 books. She teaches Poetry Writing and Appreciation to adults.

Raffle for a book voucher courtesy Soldier and Scholar and books prizes including feature poets.
Open Section : 3 minutes max at the mike. Best poem in the Open Section wins the Castlemaine Cup – as judged by the feature poets.

Proudly sponsored and supported by:
The Five Flags Hotel and the Soldier and Scholar Bookshop, Castlemaine

Cost: $3

When: 3–5pm Sun 24 November

Where: Five Flags Hotel, Main Road Campbells Creek

Poetry Reading: Five Flags Hotel

This Sunday afternoon, Chloe Wilson and Mal McKimmie will read at the Five Flags Hotel.
Chloe Wilson’s first collection, The Mermaid Problem, was commended in the Anne Elder award and Highly Commended in the Mary Gilmore award. Her poems have appeared in Meanjin, Best Australian Poems, The Age, Going Down Swinging, Wet Ink, Blue Dog, fourW and Voiceworks, and are forthcoming in Award Winning Australian Writing 2013 and Australian Love Poems 2013. She was the winner of the 2012 Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, and has previously won the Lord Mayor’s Creative Writing Award (Poetry and Youth categories), the Page Seventeen Poetry Prize, and the John Marsden Prize for Young Australian Writers (Poetry 18-24 category). She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Melbourne.

Mal McKimmie is originally from Perth, WA, and lives in Melbourne. His employment history includes poetry tutor and editor, literary event coordinator, survey hand, deckhand, kitchen hand, vineyard labourer, fruit picker, and part-time ranger working with wild dolphins and visitors at an eco-tourist resort. He has also worked in welfare, with people labelled as having a ‘disability’ and people diagnosed as having a ‘mental illness’.
His poems have been published in numerous literary journals and anthologies. His first volume of poetry, Poetileptic, was published in 2005 by Five Islands Press, Melbourne. In 2006, ABC Radio National devoted a Poetica program to poems from this collection. His second collection, The Brokenness Sonnets I-III & Other Poems, also published by Five Islands Press, won the 2012 Age Poetry Book of the Year Award.

Raffle for a book voucher courtesy Soldier and Scholar and books prizes including feature poets.

Open Section: 3 minutes max at the mike. Best poem in the Open Section wins the Castlemaine Cup – as judged by the feature poets.

Proudly sponsored and supported by: Jenny and Mick at The Five Flags Hotel and Joyce at the Soldier and Scholar Bookshop, Castlemaine

All Welcome

Cost: $3

When: 3–5pm Sun July 28th

Where: Five Flags Hotel, Main Road Campbells Creek