Performance: ‘Elemental’ at the Bendigo Planetarium

Elemental is a unique performance that explores the universe through the eyes of artists. Taking place inside a planetarium, this show combines live music, poetry, surround sound and video, and the voice of UK scientist John Gribbin to explore the universe and ascribe meaning to our celestial experience.

Artists include: Emilie Zoey Baker, Alicia Sometimes, Sean M Whelan, Ryan Van Winkle, Andrew Watson, Ai Yamamoto, Alex Scott, Nat Bates, Dan Gorman, Chris Nelms, Claire Fischer and an introductory astronomy talk by Craig Kendal. Live performances by Klare Lanson and Neil Boyack.

Alicia Sometimes is one of the organisers of this ground-breaking performance.

Book here:

Cost: $35/$20

Where: The Bendigo Planetarium – Discovery Science & Technology Centre, 7 Railway Place, Bendigo (also The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne).

When: Friday July 18 at 6pm and 8pm.



Launch: Crow and Other Poems by Ann de Hugard

You are all invited to the launch of CROW and other Poems by Ann de Hugard, published by Mark Time Books.

Proceeds from the sale of books will go to Refugees without Fences.

To be launched by: Rev Ken Parker.

When: Tuesday 27th May at 5 30 pm.
Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

Launch: ‘Awakening’ by Ross Donlon


Ross Donlon’s new Mark Time chapbook, Awakening, titled after Shona Nunan‘s bronze sculpture, is a collection of 18 ekphrastic poems written from the collection of Castlemaine Art Gallery.
Most of the poems were written while Ross was a poet-in-residence at the gallery during the centenary celebrations in late 2013. Some have now been accepted for publication in The Canberra Times, Cordite and elsewhere.
The Rev Ken Parker, who will launch the chapbook, is the past president of the gallery and a great spokesman and appreciator of poetry.
After his launch Ross will do a short walk, talk and read tour of the gallery, chatting about the process and reading some poems.
Morning tea, coffee and biscuits available. Hope to see you there.
To be launched by: Rev Ken Parker
When: Saturday, May 3rd at 11am
Where: Castlemaine Art Gallery

Launch: Bendigo Writer Out of the Closet

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Central Victorian writer Mary Pomfret is about to launch her latest short story collection, Cleaning out the Closet. The themes of the collection are many and varied, but Mary says ‘essentially these stories are about love and its many aspects– the light and shade of it, the yin and yang, the sadness and the joy.’

‘Some of the stories in this collection are not new, but they have a special place in my heart.’

Born in Manchester, Mary grew up in Tasmania and has made Bendigo her home. Mary is a PhD student at La Trobe University, Bendigo and is working on a creative thesis under the supervision of Dr Sue Gillett who will be guest speaker at the launch. Bendigo writers will read from the collection.

The book is published by Ginninderra Press and is available from Dymocks Bendigo bookstore and online at

To be launched by: Annette O’Brien

Cost: free

When: April 10th at 7pm

Where: The Basement on View, Bendigo

Contact details:  MOB 0411 109 202


Launch and Performance: Venie Holmgren

Venie Holmgren, an accomplished poet and performer, will launch her latest collection of poetry The Tea House Poems this Saturday afternoon. Venie is Castlemaine Word Mine’s most mature member (91 years of age). To be launched by Nola Firth, MC’d by Ross Donlon.

Cost: free

When: 2pm Sat 30 November

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.
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Launch: The Complete Quirks of Margaret Goff

Margaret Goff will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart.
Effervescent Lancashire lass turned Australian, Margaret Goff, will give a performance of some of the quirky works from her new book The Complete Quirks of Margaret Goff, at her Castlemaine launch this Sunday afternoon.

Margaret’s poems and songs have been received with enthusiastic applause in concert, at festivals, in theatres, clubs, pubs and on radio. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.

As a teacher of creative writing for over twenty years, Margaret has nurtured and encouraged a wealth of talent in her students of all ages in Western Australia and Victoria, and she also ran classes for several years at Castlemaine Continuing Adult Education.

Before Margaret’s performance and launch, there will be a discussion about creating books. One of Margaret’s Castlemaine students, Sue Turner, has recently had her first book published. She and her co-author and publisher Dr Sally Berridge will discuss the challenging process of making a story into a book: working with a mentor, editing, designing and publishing the final manuscript.
Sue and Sally’s book The Munro Court Story: An Australian housing development of energy–smart houses in water-wise gardens will also be available for sale.

Wines, tea, coffee and light snacks will be available for purchase before and after the event.

Cost: Gold coin donation

When: 1.30pm for 2pm Sunday 20 October

Where: The Maurocco Bar, Midland Hotel, 2 Templeton Street, Castlemaine.

Launch: ‘Even if the Sun’ by Nola Firth

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‘Even if the Sun’ is Nola Firth’s first collection of poetry, to be published as part of the Melbourne Poetry Union Poet Series chapbooks.

‘This is a remarkable collection, shaped in such a way that it seems wholly natural and inevitable that the poetry should move from personal memories of the dark book case and determined blue eyes of her father to appreciations of the ‘hot, tough and corrugated’ Australian country, and then finally to the ‘unfolded flight’ of an inner journey towards, perhaps, silence. Like all good poetry it is addictive, and of course this small book ends all too soon. These beautifully sturdy light-filled poems deserve a broad readership.’ Kevin Brophy

Readings also by editors: Sue King-Smith, Anne Elvey, Kevin Brophy,
Sue Gillett, and Philton.

To be launched by: Ross Donlon, award winning Castlemaine poet
and publisher of Mark Time Books

When & Where: 6pm-8pm Fri 11 October,
Collected Works Bookshop, Level 1/37 Swanston St, Melbourne


Free event, refreshments provided

Launch: ‘Every Breath’ by Ellie Marney

Every Breath, the first book in a YA murder mystery series published by Allen & Unwin, is Ellie Marney’s first novel. The official launch will be at Readings, followed by a Castlemaine-style bash with music, food, drinks, giveaways, signings and readings. An event for all ages.

To be launched by: Carmel Shute, convenor of Sisters In Crime.

When & Where: Official launch – 6.30pm, Thurs 12th Sep, Readings Carlton.
Launch Party – 6pm, Fri 20th Sep, Castlemaine Library Foyer.


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Launch: ‘Shark’ by Terry Jaensch

Shark reaffirms the originality and depth of Terry Jaensch’s poetic vision. Here are poems that explore the territories of childhood, human relationships and the natural world, but never with anything less than an unsettling sense of what it means to be operating from the margins or entering the unspoken core. At once witty and affecting these poems of love and suffering are superbly honed, rigorous and above all emotionally resolute.’ Transit Lounge publishing

Terry Jaensch is an Australian poet/actor and monologist. His first book of poetry Buoy (FIP) was shortlisted for the Anne Elder Award by the Fellowship of Australian Writers. He has worked as Writer-in-Community, Poetry Editor (Cordite) Artist-in-Residence, Dramaturge, Artistic Director of the 2005 Emerging Writers’ Festival, poetry teacher and in a variety of arts/community and local government programming positions. In 2004 he wrote and recorded 15 monologues based on his childhood in a Ballarat orphanage for ‘Life Matters’ ABC Radio. He was awarded an Asialink residency in Singapore where, with poet Cyril Wong, he co-authored the volume Excess Baggage & Claim (Transit Lounge).

Terry has won awards including the Melbourne Poets’ Union International Poetry Prize, the Victorian Writers’ Centre Poetry Slam and was on the winning team of the Melbourne Writers’ Festival Poetry Slam. His work has been anthologised, most recently in Out of the Box: Contemporary Australian Gay and Lesbian Poets (Puncher and Wattmann) and published in journals nationally and in the US, Germany, Japan, Singapore and India. His poems have been translated into Korean, Bengali, Russian and interpreted as classical Indian dance. In 2011 he presented at the Seoul International Forum for Literature as part of an Australia/Korea poetry exchange facilitated by Asialink and Cordite. He has trained as an actor, having studied at the Herbert Berghof Studio and Stella Adler conservatory in New York.

To be launched by: Cate Kennedy

When: 2-4pm Sun 7th July

Where: The Garden Room, Buda Historic Home and Garden,
42 Hunter Street, Castlemaine

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Performance & Launch: James Griffin

James Griffin is a songwriter, poet, music and spoken-word performer, a literary broadcaster. He has performed all over Australia, from tiny pubs to stadium gigs opening for  Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello.

James co-wrote Snake Skin Shoes, a top-ten hit for the Black Sorrows, and Changi Banjo, which won country music star Lee Kernaghan a golden guitar for heritage song of the year at the Australasian Country Music Awards.

As a broadcaster James has been the host of the Words literary interview program on ABC TV, the co-host of Australia Talks Books on Radio National and a music presenter on Triple J.

At The Comma, James will perform with guitar, original songs, poems and stories about living in Australia. James will also be launching and signing Songs for a Season at Ghost Town Bridge, a combined book and CD of original songs and poems set in an imagined country town. The work is a celebration of the key role of country towns in Australian life and culture.

Cost: Admission  free

When: 3.30-6pm Sun 9th June

Where: The Comma, cnr of Hargraves and Forest Streets, Castlemaine