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EVENT:  Australian Poetry Journal Launches in the South – Big Read
VENUE: Alliance Francaise (The Ballroom)
ADDRESS: 51 Grey St, St Kilda
DATE: Tuesday 2nd October
TIME: 7:00 pm for 7:30 pm – 8.30 pm
COST: Free, just turn up. Refreshments – and books ($20, usually $27.95)  – will be available for sale on the night. Cash only.

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We’re thrilled to be launching ‘Australian Poetry Journal’, Volume 8.1, at the inaugural St Kilda Writers Week 2018. Generously supported by Renan Goksin and Gilgamesh Connections, the AP Big Read (8 poets x 5 mins) includes prominent Aboriginal poet Lionel Fogarty, Nguyen Tien Hoang, Ella O’Keefe, Duncan Hose, Rory Dufficy, Claire Gaskin, Jennifer Harrison and Gareth Morgan. Intro by 8.1 guest poetry editor Gig Ryan. Hosted by Jacinta Le Plastrier.

‘Australian Poetry Journal – 8.1’ features new works by more than 50 Australian poets. Alongside Gig Ryan’s guest curating are curious and insightful articles and reviews, including an interview with the three editors responsible for Lionel Fogarty’s New & Selected Poems (re:press, 2017), a tribute to John Forbes on the 20th anniversary year of his death, and a wrap-up of this year’s 2018 AP/NAHR Northern Italian eco-poetics fellowship, awarded to Eunice Andrada. The designer of APJ 8.1 is Stuart Geddes. Australian Poetry, the national poetry organisation, based at Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre, publishes new works by 350+ poets each year across its national publications and festivals program.


Cover artwork : John Nixon

Untitled, (Orange) wood circle 2017

Enamel and timber on canvas 

25 x 20 cm

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Courtesy: Laure Genillard, London

Photo Credit: Plastiques.co

John Nixon is represented by Anna Schwartz Gallery.



Gig Ryan’s seventh book, New and Selected Poems (Giramondo, 2011) was the winner of the 2012 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry and the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. She has also written songs with DisbandSix Goodbyes’ (1988); and Driving Past, ‘Real Estate’ (1999) and Travel’ (2006). She was Poetry Editor of The Age from 1998 – 2016. She is a freelance reviewer, and is currently working on another book of poems.



Lionel George Fogarty, born in 1957 (not 1958 as is commonly stated), is an Aboriginal poet and activist. He was born at Barambah, now known as Cherbourg Aboriginal Reserve, in the South Burnett region of southern QLD. He attended Cherbourg State School, and until ninth grade, Murgon High School. He says his introduction to poetry was not at school but came through his interaction with Murri people in Cherbourg and Murgon. After leaving school he had several casual jobs, before leaving for Brisbane at the age of 16. He has been active in many of the political struggles of the Aboriginal people, particularly in southern Queensland, from the Land Rights movement, to setting up Aboriginal health and legal services, to the issue of black deaths in custody – Fogarty’s own brother, Daniel, died in police custody in 1993. Fogarty has also travelled widely in the US and Europe, reading from his work and participating in conferences of Indigenous peoples. His poetry collections include, Kargun (Cheryl Buchanan, 1980), Yoogum Yoogum (Penguin, 1982), Kudjela (Planet Press, 1983), Ngutji (Cheryl Buchanan, 1984), Jagera (Cheryl Buchanan, 1990), New and Selected Poems: Munaldjali, Mutuerjaraera (Hyland House, 1995), Minyung Woolah Binnung: What Saying Says (Keeaira Press, 2004), Yerrabilela Jimbelung: Poems about Family and Friends (Keeaira Press, 2008), Connection Requital (Vagabond Press, 2010), Mogwie-Idan: Stories of the Land (Vagabond Press, 2012), Eelahroo (Long Ago) Nyah (Looking) Möbö-Möbö (Future) (Vagabond Press, 2014), and Lionel Fogarty Selected Poems: 1980 – 2017 (re.press and Aboriginal Humanities Project, 2017). Awards include: Kate Challis Raka Award for Mogwie-Idan: Stories of the Land, 2015; Scanlon Award for Indigenous Poetry, 2012; Queensland OPAL Award – Murri Achievement (Writers) Award, 1994; and the Patricia Weickhardt Award, 1989.


Ella O’Keefe is a poet and researcher who lives in Melbourne. Her chapbook Rhinestone was published in 2015 by SOd press and her poems have appeared in publications including Overland, Hunter Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry Anthology, Text Journal and Active Aesthetics: Contemporary Australian Poetry Anthology.


Duncan Hose is a poet, painter and scholar. His published books include Bunratty (Puncher & Wattmann, 2015), A Book of Sea-Shanty (Bulky News Press, 2014), One Under Bacchus (Inken Publisch, 2011) and Rathaus (Inken Publish, 2007). He is preparing a critical treatise called Prick’d by Charm: The Pursuit of Myth in Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes.

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Jacinta Le Plastrier is the Publisher and Chief Executive at Australian Poetry, the national poetry organisation, based at Melbourne’s The Wheeler Centre. Also a journalist, writer and critic, her poetry collection, Incubatio, is forthcoming from Puncher & Wattmann.

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Jennifer Harrison has published eight poetry collections, most recently Air Variations  (University of Canberra, 2017) and Anywhy (Black Pepper, 2018). She manages the Dax Poetry Collection.


Claire Gaskin has been publishing poetry and teaching writing since the 1980’s. Her collection, a bud, completed in the receipt of a Literature Board grant, was published by John Leonard Press in 2006 and short-listed in the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Her collection, Paperweight, was published by Hunter in 2013.


Gareth Morgan is a poet and a postie from Melbourne. He has been previously published in Rabbit and Cordite Poetry Review.


Nguyen Tien Hoang lives in Melbourne. His recent collection, Captive and Temporal (Vagabond Press, 2017), was short-listed for Dame Mary Gilmore Poetry Prize and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.


Rory Dufficy is a Junior Research Fellow in Arts at Ormond College, University of Melbourne.

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