Poets Corner @ Pages Cafe
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POETS CORNER ~ 20th October 2007

Another POETS CORNER event during the

SPRING POETRY FESTIVAL ~ 20th October 2007

will be hosted by FRANCES MACAULAY FORDE ~ invited guests so far are: LIANA CHRISTENSEN, ANDREW BURKE, ASHLEY J HICKS, JANET JACKSON and previous guest host DEANNE LEBER with BRYN GRIFFITHS to be confirmed.


Frances writes for page and screen and is very proud to be a member of the WA writing community. Her writing for children, film and poetry have been awarded and published in newspapers, magazines, books and on the net. A passionate supporter of those who write, she has been the usual host and facilitator of Poets Corner since 2005. Frances spent 14 glorious months dining on poetry and storytelling in Ireland before publishing her first book of poetry in 2003.


Liana is a lecturer at Murdoch University in the Resource Centre Support. Her self-published chapbook, Wild Familiars (Tone River Press), launched at the Spring Poetry Festival last year, won one of five "Honorable Mentions", out of a field of 156 entries, in the poetry category of the 14th Annual Writer's Digest International Self-Published Book Awards. This chapbook had its genesis in a joint print (with artist Kati Thamo) and poetry exhibition at the UWA club for the first Animals and Society Conference. I've now been invited as guest poet for the official dinner of the second conference in Tasmania in July. Check out the details on:- http://www.writersdigest.com/contests/self_pub_poetry06.asp ToneRiverPress@slow-stories.net

Ashley J. Higgs

Ashley J. Higgs is a writer, hyper-improv-singer-poet(HISP), video artist,
mystic technocrat. His poems are sung, spoken, whispered, screamed; verses
are twisted, changed, forgotten and transmogrified into sonic incantations.
Most recently, his mobile phone film ‘Lornie’s Leaving’, was shown in
an Art Koven group video event at Loop Bar, Melbourne, as part of MudFest
2007. He has transformed around Australian festivals: Artrage, and Perth
Fringe Festival, Outrage Festival Melbourne, This Is Not Art Festival,
Newcastle, St. Kilda Poets Festival, Melbourne Writers Festival, Overload
Poetry Festival, and the Totally Huge New Music Festival and National
Poets Festival, Perth. Poems and music have been aired on Melbourne 3RRR,
3PBS and 3CR, and Perth’s RTR FM. His work has appeared in The Western
Review, Verandah, Vehicle, Openmouth, Navigations, rHino, Southern
Review(Vol. 34, No. 2), Nova, Five Bells Poets Union newsletter, Unusual
Work, Boxkite, the essential Chris Mann, Ars Poetica and Scarp. Ashley
holds Diplomas of Visual Arts and Professional Writing and Editing, Centre
for Adult Education, Melbourne, and completed three years reading
Literature at Victoria College(now Deakin University). He currently
studies sculpture and spatial practice at VCA.

Andrew Burke

is an Australian poet who has lived most of his life on the west coast in Perth. In his teens, Burke read Kerouac and Ginsberg and other 'Beat' writers, and they gained his interest more than the Hardy and company he was studying at school. He started to ape their style in all he wrote, and published his first short story at 18. He has written on a daily basis ever since - stories, plays, poems, and - to feed wife and children - ads and videos, annual reports and press releases. Since 1990, Burke has taught creative writing and allied subjects at universities, TAFE colleges and writing centres. He is presently (2004) a PhD candidate at Edith Cowan University, writing a novel and an exegesis on post-modern styles in prose writing. Burke has published six books of poetry; Let's Face the Music and Dance (Peter Jeffery, 1975), On the Tip of my Tongue (FACP, 1983), Mother Waits for Father Late (FACP, 1992), Pushing at Silence (SALT, 1996), Whispering Gallery (Sunline Press, 2001), and Knock on Wood (Picaro Press, 2003). He has read and compeered readings from Singapore to Wagga Wagga. To add to the opportunities for Australian writers, Andrew Burke started Smokebush Press in 2004. The press was launched with a collection of poems and stories by Australian composer, Ross Bolleter, entitled All the Iron Night (Smokebush, 2004). Andrew’s blog is Hi Spirits: http://hispirits.blogspot.com/

Deanne Leber

was born in Western Australia in 1971. She has work published in various journals, magazines and newspapers, including Famous Reporter and in 2006 her work was exhibited at the “Reading the Collection” at the Fremantle Arts Centre. Deanne’s first collection of poems, “Book of Days”, an autobiographical journey into the ways we remember, is shortlisted for 2006 WA Premier’s Poetry Award. She is the Coordinator of the monthly ‘Poets’ Corner’ readings in the Pages Café of the Alexander Library, Perth, and is currently completing her PhD in Creative Writing at Edith Cowan University.

Janet Jackson

Janet was a featured guest of last year’s WA Spring Poetry Festival. She can be seen and heard at most Perth poetry events; ‘Walking on Water’, ‘Voicebox’, ‘Soul Share’ and of course ‘Poet’s Corner’. There is a gig guide on Janet’s website Proximity: www.proximity.webhop.net. Janet is also a poet of the page. Her poems have been published in print magazines since 1991 and online since 2003. She’s published three chapbooks: her latest, ‘In whatever voice’, is available today for $4. Looking for a publisher for a collection - Janet is still in recovery from Melbourne’s Overload Poetry Festival.

Please come along and support the poets of Western Australia!!!

If you would like to read or participate in the Open Mic sections of any Poets Corner event, please contact Frances Macaulay Forde here: poetscornerwa@yahoo.com.au or via her own website
2007-10-15 08:42:39 GMT
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