‘About Our Place’ – Bendigo Writers Festival Grand Finale 2014

Central Victorian writers, story-performers and poets are invited this Sunday night at the Bendigo Writers Festival to an event called ‘About Our Place.’ It is sponsored by Bendigo TAFE writing program and will be run by writer and poet Neil Boyack. The event will be in place of the poetry slam event held previously and will be similar in structure (though non-competitive and stories will be welcomed). Recite/perform for 3 minutes (max) a story or a poem about anything related to Central Victoria – hence the ‘my place’ theme. Locals and others wishing to participate will congregate at the event (at festival’s end) to celebrate, share thoughts and catch-up with friends.

Where: The Capital, in the Hub, View St., Bendigo

When: Sunday 10 Aug. Register after 3.45; Perform 4-5pm


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

Write Poetry & Song Lyrics

Want to write poetry and song lyrics as a Cert IV or Diploma subject? This Professional Editing & Writing unit will provide you with a thorough knowledge of the basic elements of Poetry and Poetic writing including rhyme, rhythm, symbolism, cadence, verse/stanza forms and structures, metre, POV etc., as well as an understanding of musical styles and development of song structures. It will look at different aspects of history and theory to use in or challenge your own creative practice. You will gain performance knowledge and how copyright and royalties apply to lyricists and poets, and will be encouraged to develop networks to maximise exposure and publish your work.

If you would like to know more, come along to the next class on Thursday 27  February, sit in and talk to teacher Dr Ian Irvine. You will be inspired!

Contact: Ian Irvine – 5434 1583, iirvine@bendigotafe.edu.au

When: Thursdays 9.15am-12pm. 30 weeks.

Where: Castlemaine campus (of Bendigo TAFE), Templeton St.

Eat Your Words: Workshop with Ross Donlon

This is a workshop for poetry and prose writers to create work inspired by food. Ross will introduce ideas for writing about fruit, vegetables, meals, food and place, and the experience of eating, so that participants leave with useful drafts to develop. Each participant must bring a favourite piece of fruit or vegetable and a recipe that is interesting or special for them.

Bookings are essential and numbers are limited.
To secure your place contact: Ann de Hugard, ph 54722647

Download ross donlon workshop flyer for booking form.ross donlon workshop flyer

Cost: $ 25 / $20 members

When: Saturday 1 March 2-4pm

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.

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)

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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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

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.

October Reading: John Flaus & Terry Jaensch

You are invited to a special reading this coming Wednesday by two of Castlemaine’s best: poets/actors John Flaus and Terry Jaensch. This promises to be a fascinating event with two contrasting voices and styles.

There will be an open mic (with a strict 2-minute limit), a raffle and a book swap table (bring something you’ve read, take home something you haven’t).

Bring your own published book to sell.

Castlemaine Wordmine Readings are a great opportunity to network.
We would love to see you there.

Cost: $5 /$2 members. If you aren’t a member yet come and join on the night ($12.50 for the remainder of the year).

When: 7.45pm Wed 9th Oct.

Where: Word Mine Room, Anglican Church Hall (cnr Forest & Kennedy Sts), Castlemaine.