South Perth POETRY PARK LAUNCH: (quoted from the invitation)
Mayor & Councillors of the City of South Perth warmly invite you to the opening of the South Perth Poetry Park at 5.30pm, Thursday 15th May 2008 at Neil McDougall Park, South Perth.
The Poetry Park will be opened by the Hon. Sheila McHale MLA, Minister for Disability Services, Tourism, Culture & the Arts.
Light refreshments will be served. RSVP essential on 9474 0800 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Poetry Park, I'm told was instigated by Ken Spillman ~ a wonderful initiative. For your information I've copied the press release which appears on this page:
Singapore Poets Invited to Launch Poetry Park in Australia 08 May
A Poetry Park will be launched at the Neil McDougall Park in South
Perth, Australia to celebrate the outstanding work and achievements
of Western Australia's poets. The opening also marks the launch of
Over There: Poems from Singapore & Australia, an anthology of
Singaporean and Australian poets, edited by Alvin Pang and John
The event to be held on Thursday, 15 May 2008 will be officiated by
the Honourable Sheila McHale MLA, Australian Minister for Disability
Services, Tourism, Culture & the Arts.
The Singapore contingent for the launch led by Lee Suan Hiang, Chief
Executive Officer, National Arts Council, will comprise Meritorious
Service Medal recipient, Professor Edwin Thumboo, distinguished poet and literary scholar, Professor Kirpal Singh, as well as acclaimed
Singapore poets, Alvin Pang and Ng Yi-Sheng, and publisher Ethos
Books for Over There, Fong Hoe Fang.
Says Lee, "Singapore's participation in such a major launch offers a
great opportunity for us to promote Singaporean literature and our
writers in Australia in a big way. Considering the large Australian
market for literature in English, it's indeed a milestone for us and
we look forward to more collaborative functions and programmes
between both countries in the future."
First of its kind in Australia, the innovative project was conceived
and coordinated by one of Western Australia's most prolific writers,
Ken Spillman. Says Spillman, "Western Australian writers have long
thought of themselves as isolated. That may be true in relation to
our east coast, but we are realising that proximity to the vibrant
artistic culture of Singapore is much more interesting than
connections with Sydney and Melbourne."
Spillman also feels that the attendance of prominent Singapore poets
at the launch will give the project an international dimension and
will strengthen ties between the literatures of Western Australia
and Singapore. "Alvin Pang's work with John Kinsella, one of
Australia's most celebrated poets, points the way forward. It's
clear that Singapore literature has entered an exciting phase, and
that we can learn a great deal from each other. We can inspire each
other, too - that's the greatest aspect of it all," he adds.
Over There is published under the NAC 50Fifty Co-publishing
Initiative for publishers. Says Fong, "We are very excited about the
level of collaboration and quality work that is coming out of our
engagement with the Australian literary world. We hope this will be
the genesis of what promises to be a brave new world of literary
bridges and sharing that will enhance relationships with our
neighbours far south."
About NAC 50Fifty Co-publishing Initiative
The 50Fifty Co-publishing Initiative is a step towards developing a
greater pool of Singapore literature and an investment in the
development of Singapore's literary publishing industry. The
initiative identifies works that are well-written, distinctive and
with a potential to generate domestic and international interest.
Books published under the initiative include The Lies That Build a
Marriage by Suchen Christine Lim (Monsoon Books), One Earth by Isa
Kamari (Original title in Malay - Satu Bumi) (Ethos Books), as well
as Over There: Poems from Singapore and Australia, edited by Alvin
Pang and John Kinsella (Ethos Books).
About the Poetry Park Project
The first phase of the Poetry Park project involves the installation
of panels displaying the work of 12 of WA's most highly-acclaimed
poets, as well as a "Poets Walk of Honour" featuring plaques bearing
the names of poetry winners of the WA Premier's Book Award. Poets
represented on the panels are John Kinsella, Philip Salom, Fay
Zwicky, Andrew Lansdown, Tracy Ryan, Rod Moran, Dennis Haskell,
Andrew Taylor, Alec Choate, Miriam Lo, Barbara Temperton and Roland
Subsequent developments of the park include poetry readings as part
of the community events, poetry festivals and the incorporation of
poetry into public art. The Poetry Park project is funded by the
City of South Perth with the assistance of a Lotterywest grant and
has the support of the State Library of Western Australia, WritingWA
and the South Perth Historical Society.