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

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)