I am jetting off to Melbourne tomorrow, so if you are anywhere near Castlemaine, I would love to see you at their monthly gig, as I am stoked to be featuring there this coming Sunday. All the details below:
Castlemaine Poetry Reading
Sunday, February 27th
The Guildford Hotel
3pm – 5pm.
Into its sixth year, The Castlemaine Poetry Readings restarts on February 27th with a Triple Treat; a dynamic Queensland poet, a sage translator / presenter of Asian poetry, and the 2011 launch of one of Australia’s major poetry journals.
This Lost Shark will be joined by Richard Perry and the launch of Famous Reporter, edited by Ralph Wessman, who will also be at the Guildford on the day.
Richard Perry will read his translation of Chinese and Japanese poems. A great presenter, Richard is Emeritus Professor of Fine Arts at York University, Toronto, Canada, the institution at which he taught Asian art history and humanities for over thirty years. His academic degrees are from Harvard University and the University of Michigan. While residing in Canada, he also served as chief music critic for a number of daily metropolitan newspapers, and as book and recordings editor for several journals. Since moving to Australia, he has taught popular courses in Zen Buddhist painting and poetry at the Centre for Ideas, Victorian College of Arts, Melbourne, and has given a number of public readings of Chinese and Japanese poetry. He claims to have written one or two commendable haiku himself. A rare chance to hear poetry from China and Japan in the hands of an oustanding academic and performer.
From Tasmania, Ralph Wessman brings Famous Reporter, one of Australia’s leading poetry journals, to launch the 2011 issue. Central Victorian poets, Lorraine McGuighan, B N Oakman and Ross Donlon will read poems.
Stellar poets, Jane Williams (Tas) and Julie Beveridge (Qld) will also be at the reading.
The Wow Factor is off the scale for this one. A great start to 2011… the best reading this side of Rocky Hall. Still at the Guildford Hotel, 15 haiku from Castlemaine – 15 minutes for humankind. Early attendance recommended for the best seats.