This month Melbourne Poets Union is holding court for the very first time at the gorgeous Hares and Hyenas bookshop, bar and performances space in Fitzroy.
Our features are two of Melbourne's finest poets, Andy Jackson and Lia Hills and we have Maurice Mcnamara for our MC, and he's smooth like raspberries.
What more could you want? An open mic? Yes, we have one of those too. Things we do for you ;-)
Cost $10/$9, members $8
Andy Jackson has performed at dozens of events and festivals (including The Age Melbourne Writers Festival, Prakriti Poetry Festival [in Chennai, India], Goa Literary & Arts Festival, Australian Poetry Festival, Queensland Poetry Festival, Clifden Arts Festival [Ireland], Newcastle Young Writers Festival and Overload Poetry Festival), had poems published in a variety of print and on-line journals, been awarded grants from the Australia Council and Arts Victoria, been the recipient of an Australian Society of Authors mentorship, and self-published two collections of poetry. He has been awarded residencies from Victorian Writers Centre, Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre (Perth) and Asialink. He is also an infrequent collaborator with musicians, sound artists and other writers.
His first full-length collection of poems, Among the Regulars,was published by papertiger media in 2010 – this book was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry (the Kenneth Slessor Prize) and Highly Commended in the Anne Elder Award. A collaborative puppetry-poetry performance with Rachael Wenona Guy entitled Ambiguous Mirrors won the City of Yarra Award for Most Innovative Work at the Overload Poetry Festival in 2009. He won the 2008 Arts ACT Rosemary Dobson Award for Best Unpublished Poem for Secessionist.
For more info - https://amongtheregulars.wordpress.com/2-2/
Lia Hills is a poet, novelist and translator. Her work has been published, translated and performed in countries as varied as Japan, Switzerland and the US.
Her debut young adult novel, The Beginner’s Guide to Living (Text Publishing, 2009) received starred reviews and was shortlisted for the Victorian, Queensland and Western Australian Premiers’ Literary Awards, and the NZ Post Book Awards, amOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAong others. Her novel has been sold into ten countries so far, including Germany, Brazil and the US (Farrer, Straus & Giroux), and released into the adult, young adult and crossover markets.
Recipient of an Arts Victoria grant in 2012, Lia has travelled regularly to the centre of Australia to work on an adult ‘road’ novel, The Crying Place, set partly in the Pitjantjatjara lands. As part of her research, Lia has stayed in Aboriginal communities and is learning the Pitjantjatjara language.
Upon the release of her first poetry collection, the impossibility of flight (IP, 2008), both the collection and individual poems garnered awards. Her work as poet also includes the widely-praised Moving Galleries, a poetry/art project on Melbourne’s train network. Co-initiator, Lia worked with the project from its inception, and was appointed director when the project became an independent entity in 2011.
For more Lia - http://www.liahills.com