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	Image: Brett Whiteley I have swallowed a monstrous dose of poison (detail) © Wendy Whiteley

Sunday Poetry 2012

Poetry readings at the Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Featuring guest poets and an open mic.

For enquiries, contact Angela Stretch, coordinator:
mobile 0434 898 578 or email

Image: Brett Whiteley I have swallowed a monstrous dose of poison (detail) © Wendy Whiteley

Fourth Sunday of the month, 2pm
Further dates to be advised


Duration 1 hour
Location: Brett Whiteley Studio, Surry Hills

Ross Donlon

Ross Donlon has published poems in newspapers and journals and was winner of the Wenlock Festival Poetry Prize, 2010, within the Arvon International Poetry Competition. He has read at festivals in Australia as well as at the Wenlock Poetry Festival, England. His latest book is The blue dressing gown and other poems. Donlon was born in Sydney and now lives in Castlemaine, Victoria where he convenes a popular poetry reading. In 2012 Donlon will be artist in residence in Norway and in Ireland at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre. He will be guest poet at the Wenlock Poetry Festival in England and the Strokestown Festival, Ireland.


Sunday 26 February 2012 2pm – 3pm

Nora Krouk

Born 90 years ago in Harbin, China, Norah Krouk has written Russian poetry since childhood, switching to English while living in Hong Kong. Her Russian poetry has been published in various Shanghai magazines, New York’s New Review and Israel’s Yegund Yotseisin, as well as in the anthology Russian poetry in China, published in Moscow in 2000 (winner of Russian Booker). In 1993 she won the Fellowship of Australian Writers’ Jean Stone Award and won first prize for poetry in the 2008 Antipodes Russian Literature Festival.


Sunday 25 March 2012 2pm – 3pm

Toby Fitch

London-born Toby Fitch’s chapbook Everyday static was published by Vagabond Press in 2010. His first full-length book of poems, Rawshock, will be published by Puncher & Wattmann this April. Currently Fitch is undertaking a creative doctorate on Rimbaud, Mallarmé and various poetic tropes, including mistranslation, concrete and absinthe poetry, at Sydney University. He hosts the monthly poetry night at Sappho Books and is the poetry reviews editor for Southerly.


Sunday 22 April 2012 2pm – 3pm

Kate Middleton

Kate Middleton is Sydney’s first City of Sydney Poet, a 12-month appointment, supported by Arts NSW in partnership with the Centre for New Writing at UTS. During her appointment, Middleton will produce six ‘ekphrastic’ poems responding to iconic artworks by Brett Whiteley, Margaret Olley, Grace Cossington Smith and Martin Sharp. In 2009 Middleton published Fire Season, which was awarded the Western Australian Premier’s Award for Poetry.


Sunday 27 May 2012 2pm – 3pm

Laura Shore and APJ2.1 launch

Laura Shore’s poetry has featured in literary magazines in the US, Italy, New Zealand and Australia. She won the 2009 FAW John Shaw Nielson Award and the 2006 CJ Dennis ‘Open Poetry’ Literary Award. Her latest book, Water over stone, won IP Picks Best Poetry 2011. Recently, Shore was awarded a KSP Emerging Writer’s Residency in Western Australia.

In addition, instead of open mic, poets John Carey, Margaret Bradstock, Brook Emery and Kate Lilley will read as part of the launch of Australian Poetry Journal 2.1: Technology (edited by Bronwyn Lea), with an official address by Martin Langford.


Sunday 24 June 2012 2pm – 3pm

Astrid Lorange and Eddie Hopely

Astrid Lorange is a poet, teacher and editor whose books include Eating and speaking, Minor dogs and Pussy pussy pussy what what (Au lait day Au lait day). She recently guest-edited an issue of Cordite and is a regular contributor to Jacket2.

Eddie Hopely is a poet, teacher, and small press publisher from the United States. He organised Blanket, a Philadelphia poetics/talk series, and is the author of chapbooks such as Cannot contract, Rude door and New international collaboration in pen and ink.


Sunday 22 July 2012 2pm – 3pm

Sarah Attfield

Sarah Attfield is originally from London, and her poetry reflects the lives of the London working class, especially those who, like herself, come from council estates. She is currently working on poetry based around songs from the 1980s.
Abstract: The working class experience in contemporary Australian poetry


Sunday 26 August 2012 2pm – 3pm

Geoffrey Datson

Geoffrey Datson is a poet and sound artist, combining spoken word and instrumentation in his performance and recordings. His first book of poetry Then, and then: a memoir was released two years ago in limited edition with a double CD. These works were performed at Reality Bites, Gloucester and Byron Bay literary festivals.


Sunday 23 September 2012 2pm – 3pm

Fiona Wright

Sydney poet and editor Fiona Wright has been published in journals, newspapers and anthologies in Australia, Asia and the USA. Her first poetry collection Knuckled, shortlisted for the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, has been described as immortalising Sydney’s western suburbs.
Review on ABC Radio National


Sunday 28 October 2012 2pm – 3pm

Ruark Lewis and Brian Fuata

Sydney-based Ruark Lewis is a visual artist and writer. He participated in the 2006 Biennale of Sydney and the 2010 Sydney Writers Festival. With composer Rainer Linz, Ruark created Euphemisms for The Intimate Enemy, a sound installation for the 2008 Nuit Blanche Festival, Toronto. Last year he was Artist-in-Residence at Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre, Arnhem Land and a survey of his work was recently showcased at Hazelhurst Regional Gallery.

Brian Fuata is a writer and performance maker whose work involves improvisation to generate movement and text. His current work has been investigating theatrical frameworks of representation and narrative through game-play, in both public and private spaces.


Sunday 25 November 2012 2pm – 3pm