HEAR nine established and emerging Australian poets - all based in the Southern Tablelands and Highlands - during the Poetry and Place tour of regional libraries this week.
The series of poetry readings is called Poetry: The Indelible Stencil and the poets featured include Jane Baker (from Yass), Margaret Berry (Boorowa), Nicola Bowery (Reidsdale), Russell Erwin (Bannister), Harry Laing (Reidsdale), Robyn Lance (Goulburn), Elizabeth Lawson (Queanbeyan), Lizz Murphy (Binalong) and Mark Tredinnick (Burradoo).
Goulburn poet Robyn Lance celebrates the senses, a sense of the ridiculous or a sense of justice. Published in Best Australian Poems 2005 and 2008, Quadrant, LiNQ etc.
She was awarded the Jennifer Lamb Veolia Creative Arts Scholarship last year.
Russell Erwin from Banister is also a well-known and respected poet.
He has published three books: one, Taken By The Enemy was runner- up to Rosemary Dobson in the Age Book of the Year Award. He has won the ANUTech poetry prize and was included in Best Australian Poems 2004, as well as work appearing in anthologies and literary journals.
Project coordinator Lizz Murphy said each of these poets describe the places they journey to, explore our place in the world and write about places in it.
“They have won local, regional and national awards. They are published in literary journals, e-zines and anthologies. Most have published books - some have new poetry releases to share,” Ms Murphy said.
“At each Poetry and Place event you will meet a selection of poets, hear them read from their work and have an opportunity to join in a discussion around the place we live in.”
“Make a space in your place for poetry.
“Come to a library near you or take a drive to another regional library to meet more published poets.”
The Poetry and Place readings and forums are at Queanbeyan Library today at 6pm for 6.30pm; Boorowa Library tomorrow at 12.30pm, Yass Library tomorrow at 6pm for 6.30pm, Crookwell Library and Gallery on Friday at 1pm and Goulburn Library on Friday 7pm, and Bowral Library: on Monday, November 15 at 7pm.
Poetry: The Indelible Stencil is supported by the Regional Arts Fund an Australian Government initiative and delivered in partnership with the Country Arts Support Program, STARTS and its member local governments.