Monday, 11 July 2011

Fremantle Poetry Month Second Update

As T.S. Eliot said ‘Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.’ Find out which kind of poet you are by entering our cantankerous tanka competition. Updates from judges Wendy Jenkins and Andrew Lansdown will be posted each Tuesday until Friday 22 July when the competition will be closed. This is an amazing opportunity to receive professional feedback on your work.

This week’s Friday afternoon with the editor will be with critically acclaimed and Fremantle Press author and Westerly poetry editor, Barbara Temperton. She will discuss her tips on writing poetry and what she looks for in selecting submissions for Westerly. Ask Barbara a question and we will post the answers to the best on Friday. Our favourite question will win a copy of Fremantle Poets 2: Two Poets. Again general questions only: we cannot accept any submissions.

On the wintry evening of July 7 we launched our poetry 2011 titles: The Argument, The Moving World and Fremantle Poets 2: Two Poets. There was an impressive turn out at the Fremantle Arts Centre from poetry appreciators and writers alike. The evening ran smoothly, launched by His Worship the Mayor Brad Pettitt and the audience was treated to some brief but excellent performances by Liana Joy Christensen, Caitlin Maling, Amanda Joy, John Charles Ryan, Michael Heald, Tracy Ryan, Andrew Lansdown and Kevin Gillam. Some of the presenters were selected to be a part of Fremantle Poets 3: Performance Poets. Find out who here. I’d also like to say a special thank you to Anna Dunnill and Kiki Hunwick, the co-curators of Thonglines, for creating and running the Thonglines slideshow that played throughout the night. The art exhibition is on display in Clancy’s throughout July.

Stephanie Sutcliffe, Marketing Assistant

One of the thongs on Christmas Island before it was used in the Thonglines exhibition.

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