It’s the last Thursday of the month next week, 27th October. This means of course that another poetry event will be in full-swing at 7.30pm that night at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forest , ACT. The poets reading are three well-known Canberra poets, Adrian Caesar, Paul Hetherington and Harry Laing. Please join us over a glass of wine and light refreshments, $10 at the door. Contact Kathy Kituai (0478640169) for further information.
Harry Laing is a poet, comic performer and children’s author. His most recent collection of poetry Backbone (Bunda Press) came out in 2010. Harry co-runs Poetry Alive which organises residential poetry weekends and also poetry readings at the Stanley Street Gallery in Sydney. He has given many public readings and appeared at festivals. Harry’s first collection of poems for children, Shoctopus – poems to grip you! (Bunda Press) came out in 2015 and he presented at Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival in July 2016. Harry lives beside Monga National Park near Braidwood, NSW.
Adrian Caesar is a Canberra writer. He is the author of several works of non-fiction including The White (Picador, 1999) which won the Victoria Premier’s Award for non-fiction in 2000 and the ACT Book of the Year, 2000. He has also published a novel, The Blessing (Arcadia, 2015) which has been long-listed for this year’s Voss Award, and five books of poetry, the latest of which is, Dark Cupboards New Rooms (Shoestring Press 2014). His poems have also recently featured in The Best Australian Poems 2014 and ABR’s States of Poetry project.
Paul Hetherington is the author of eight volumes of poetry, the most recent is Burnt Amber, 2016. Blood and Old Belief was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award and the West Australian Premier’s award. He won the 1996 ACT Book of the Year Award for Shadow Swimmer and a 2002 Chief Minister ACT Creative Arts Fellowship. He is a founding editor of the National Library quarterly humanities and literary journal, Voices (1991-97), and is a member of the Board of Australian Book Review and was a former poetry editor of The Canberra times. He has been director of publishing at the National Library of Australia since 1994 and edited and introduced the final three volumes of the Library’s authoritative four-volume edition of diaries of the artist Donald Friend.