Invitation to a Booklaunch

you are warmly invited
to celebrate
a new poetry collection

to be launched by

Saturday 20th September
2.30 for 3pm
Hat Hill Gallery
3 Hat Hill Road

(See Map for Directions)

refreshments will be served
everyone welcome

grateful thanks to
gleebooks at Blackheath
Hat Hill Gallery
Société Jamais-Jamais

To read a sample from the book
visit Salt Publishing

(Sydneysiders please note -
True Thoughts
will be launched again
at gleebooks
in Glebe in November)

two upcoming art exhibitions


Excellent News

The Sydney-based literary journal Southerly
has appointed Kate Lilley as poetry editor.

         Kate Lilley with Kenward Elmslie’s Sung Sex at his Sydney reading in 2005

Kate Lilley's first book of poems, Versary (Salt Publishing, 2002)
won the Grace Leven Prize. Her second keenly anticipated collection Ladylike, is forthcoming from Salt. She teaches feminist and queer literary history and theory at the University of Sydney and has published widely on poetry and poetics. Her edition of Margaret Cavendish's The Blazing World (1666) is published by Penguin Classics.

For more on Kate Lilley click here
To read my review of Kate’s book Versary click here


Today I received some very sad news from Michele Cahill, the editor of Mascara Poetry : 'Some of you may know that on Sunday morning our dear friend, Tatjana Lukic, who had been suffering from a brain tumour, passed away, peacefully.'

                             Tatjana Lukic (foto by Karen Bachelor, 2003)

Tatjana Lukic was born in Croatia. She graduated from the University of Sarajevo in philosophy and sociology, and worked as a college teacher, poetry editor and sociologist/researcher in Bosnia, Croatia, Serbia and the Czech Republic. In the 1980s she published four books of poetry in the former Yugoslavia, and won several national awards. In 1992 she arrived in Australia with her young family as a refugee from the Balkans war. On her arrival here she did not speak English and described writing poetry in English as "one of the hardest and most challenging things" she had accomplished. Tatjana lived in Canberra where she worked as a researcher for a government department, and from where she wrote and translated poetry. Her publications include (Poetry Collections in Croatian): Saslusanje (Nolit, Belgrade, 1988), Izbor (Mali katalog poezije, Osijek, 1985), Sta sutim (Svjetlost, Sarajevo, 1984), Povijedanje, zacetak poja (Matica srpska, Novi Sad, 1981). Her poems have been published in Thylazine, Famous Reporter, Poetry Without Borders, Gangway and many others. Her book la, la, la , written with the assistance of a grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, is forthcoming with Five Islands press in 2009.

I corresponded with Tatjana and knew her as a gracious, enthusiastic, frank, witty and bright poet. Her presence on various online poetry discussion lists was refreshing and always stimulating. With other poets in the former Yugoslavia, she was compiling a bilingual collection of Australian poetry.

25 August 1959 - 10 August 2008
Loving mother of Jelena,
Much loved by Jelena, Jovan
and her many friends.

A Service for Tatjana will be held
at 11am, on Monday, 18 August, 2008
in the Chapel at Woden Cemetery.
Burial will follow in the Lawn Section.
After the funeral, Tatjana's friends are welcome to gather for light refreshments at the Common Room at University House at the Australian National University (Liversidge St, Acton).


The Reality Street Book of Sonnets

was recently released in the UK

Contributors: Robert Adamson, Jeremy Adler, Tim Atkins, Ted Berrigan, Jen Bervin, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, Christian Bök, Sean Bonney, Ebbe Borregaard, Jonathan Brannen, Pam Brown, Laynie Browne, Thomas A Clark, Adrian Clarke, John Clarke, Bob Cobbing, Clark Coolidge, Kelvin Corcoran, Beverly Dahlen, Ian Davidson, Edwin Denby, Laurie Duggan, Paul Dutton, Ken Edwards, Michael Farrell, Allen Fisher, Kathleen Fraser, William Fuller, John Gibbens, Harry Gilonis, Giles Goodland, Bill Griffiths, Alan Halsey, Robert Hampson, Jeff Hilson, Anselm Hollo, Lyn Hejinian, Piers Hugill, Peter Jaeger, Elizabeth James, Lisa Jarnot, Keith Jebb, Justin Katko, John Kinsella, Philip Kuhn, Michelle Leggott, Tony Lopez, Chris McCabe, Steve McCaffery, Jackson Mac Low, Richard Makin, Peter Manson, Brian Marley, Bernadette Mayer, Jay Millar, David Miller, Peter Minter, Geraldine Monk, Harryette Mullen, Philip Nikolayev, Alice Notley, Abigail Oborne, Ron Padgett, Bern Porter, Frances Presley, John A Scott, Tom Raworth, Peter Riley, Sophie Robinson, Stephen Rodefer, Maurice Scully, Gavin Selerie, Robert Sheppard, Aaron Shurin, Eléni Sikélianòs, Simon Smith, Mary Ellen Solt, Juliana Spahr, Lawrence Upton, Carol Watts, Ian Wedde, John Welch, Johan de Wit, Geoffrey Young.

And the thing is, there’s a really good deal on postage right now -
free postage & packing until the end of August 2008 on this title (surface mail outside of Europe). Visit the Reality Street
web site
to order and to read a review and an introduction to
this rich anthology, edited by Jeff Hilson

Read my review of Miriel Lenore's poetry collection in the garden in Cordite Poetry Review.

This is a detail from Micky Allan's engraved glass, polymer resin and pastel painting, Solar Dust II, from a wonderful exhibition called Inner Weather that just closed at the Tin Sheds Gallery in Sydney last weekend. But you can find out more about Micky Allan’s beautiful paintings by visiting her new website

Micky Allan and Steenus Von Steensen are exhibiting their collaborative works The Fall of Night I-IV, (2008 inkjet prints on paper), a montage of Canberra’s night skyline, lake and bush textures, that one reviewer described as "a Pink Floydesque shiver
of apprehension", as part of The Fall of Night: A Group Exhibition at Helen Maxwell Gallery, 42 Mort Street, Braddon, a component
of Vivid, the National Photography Festival, currently showing
all over Canberra.

Virginia Coventry has an exhibition coming up in Melbourne
later this month

Also in Melbourne :

'Nightladder' exhibition opening (featuring work by Angela Gardner, Lisa Pullen, Gwen Tasker) and a book launch 'holding Job's hand',poetry by Louise Waller and images by Clyde McGill. Published by Angela Gardner & Kerry Kilner's light-trap press, this is the first of their limited edition, fine quality books combining original prints and poetry in an equal partnership between art forms.

at Firestation Print Studio,
2 Willis Street, Armadale
It will be opened by Peter Christoff
6.00 pm - 8.00 pm. Friday 22nd August.


The famous Lee Marvin reading series in Adelaide continues to captivate the cultural hearts of South Australian poetry lovers.
The readings are on every Tuesday night.
Click here for the upcoming August program of luminaries,
entry fee, times and location.

              Lee Marvin - "I'll get along to hear 'The Circus' once I've finished
                the washing-up."