The first half-hour of this month’s POETS CORNER @ PAGES CAFÉ on 19th July 2008, will be devoted to reading by Annamaria Weldon from her recently launched book 'The Roof Milkers' published by Sunline Press, which spans three decades of poems and two homelands.
After a childhood in North Africa, London and Guatemala, completing her education back in Malta and working there as a journalist, editor and emerging poet, she came to WA in 1984 and joined the West Australian newspaper.
Her credits since include writing for the The Australia Council, poems and short fiction in anthologies (OOTA’s November Light- 1999 and Tidelines- 2000; ) and publishing in journals (including Yellow Moon, Five Bells and Indigo Vols. 1 & 2). Annamaria won both 1st and 2nd place in the 2007 Ena Taylor Poetry Award (Peter Cowan Writers Centre) 2007.
With her mentor Kevin Gillam at FAWWAs 2007 Poetry Masterclass, she developed her manuscript and will share readings from the book with us today.
The rest of the afternoon will be devoted to the FAWWA Anthology 'Lines in the Sand':
Trisha Kotai-Ewers ~ Page 46: Trisha should very much be acknowledged for her considerable efforts as the instigator and facilitator of many projects such as this anthology, the restoration of Matty Furphy House and this year’s anniversary celebrations. Through the last 12 years Trisha has given her all as President of FAWWA and therefore deserves to introduce the anthology and read her poem.
Glen Phillips ~ page 146. An internationally published poet who has performed here and overseas, Adjunct Associate Professor of English at ECU, Director of the International Centre for Landscape & Language and author or editor of more than a dozen books – 4 more at press at the moment! He’s an honorary life member and former State and National president of the FAWWA and one of two editors of this book.
Pat Johnson ~ Page 131. Pat recently gained a graduate Diploma from Curtin University’s Creative Writing Program; she’s a Committee member of FAWWA who loves her fairy tales and nursery rhymes.
Peter Bibby ~ Page 45. Peter’s short stories, poems, songs, plays & filmscripts have been published, performed and broadcast. He's the founding publisher of MAGABALA Books, has been awarded many times through Tom Collins, Lyndall Hadow, the Donald Stuart Short Story Award AND was nominated for an EMMY AWARD in 2006 by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences.
Cecily Scutt ~ Page 132. As a storyteller and writer her work has appeared in literary journals, anthologies and on ABC Radio. An Emerging Writer in Residence at Tom Collins House during 1999, Cecily is currently working on her novel.
Frances Macaulay Forde ~ Page 28. Writes for the page and screen, is host and originator of Poets Corner and published her first book of poems in Ireland in 2003. She’s judged the WA Screen and AFI Awards, is the co-moderator of the AWG On-Line Screen Writers Group and was elected a three-year member of the Peer Assessment Panel for ArtsWA.
Andrew Burke ~ Page 59, 89. Andrew writes for stage, page, screen and ear. A Ph.D in Writing from ECU, he’s taught in China, the Kimberleys and currently at FAWWA. He’ll guest host Poet Partners at Poets Corner next month on the 16th August 2008.
Mardi May ~ Page 100. Writes short fiction, poetry and social history. Mardi is a former Writer-in-Residence and current member of the Literary Advisory Board at Katharine Susannah Pritchard Writing Centre.
Sarah French ~ Page 69. Sarah is a prize-winning poet, published throughout Australia. Her first collection ‘Songs orphans sing’ was published by Five island Press New Poets Series 2007 and commended in the 2008 Anne Elder National Prize for a 1st Poetry Collection.
Murray Jennings ~ Page 123. Murray won the inaugural Lyndall Hadow Short Story Competition and the 2006 Tom Collins Poetry Award. For many years he was a broadcaster and journalist then Head of WAAPA Broadcasting Dept for ten. He recently published his first poetry/short prose collection, Flash Company.
I'm looking forward to hearing poems & short pieces of prose or excerpts read by the authors. Our usual Open Mic has been cancelled to accommodate as many contributors as possible.
If you are a contributor and would like to read this afternoon, please register with me on the day, at the Cafe.
See you there!
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