OUR NEXT EVENT Melbourne Poets Union Annual Multilingual Poetry Reading Saint Charlie Bar and Garden October 25th, 7pm
The next Melbourne Poets Union event will be a night of Multi-lingual poetry at Saint Charlie bar in Brunswick St Fitzroy. This is an annual event that has traditionally been held on Sunday afternoons at the Immigration Museum on Flinders St. This year we're mixing things up, getting wild with a Thursday night on one of Melbourne's most famous bar/entertainment streets. Yes you can enjoy a variety of languages while enjoy a drink or two (or three). Happy to announce that our features this year are:
Ashima Shukla (reading in Hindi) Chris Lynch (reading we believe in Hiri Motu, one of the official languages of Papua New Guinea) Ela Fornalska (reading in German)
Plus open mic so you can read in most any language you like. This is a special event and a chance to consider that poetry is represented in every language on the planet; from Sappho to Li Bai to Rumi to Keats to Wisława Szymborska. Bring your own poem for the open mic or bring a favourite poem, perhaps from your childhood or formative years.
Entry is $10 to help pay our outstanding feature poets and food will be available at the venue. It's going to be a "wow" of an evening not to be missed.
OUR LAST EVENT Melbourne Poets Union Celebrates... @ Wesley Anne, September 25th
Melbourne Poets Union belatedly celebrates the opening of the 24th Annual International Poetry Competition (MPU IPC) with 2018 Judge Joel Deane, and from the MPU Dorothy Poulpoulos!
Special reading of the 2017 winning poem Kite by Mark O'Flynn, with and an always brilliant open mic because this isn't just about competition, it's about poetry!
Melbourne Poets Union invites everyone in the poetry world with something to celebrate to join us, whether it's a new a book, being published anywhere print or online a successful YouTube clip, a good gig or just your love of poetry!
Come to Wesley Anne September 25 from 6:30pm and share your success stories and your poetry on the open mic!
Joel Deane is a poet, novelist, speechwriter and journalist. He has published six books, including three collections of poetry. His most recent collection of poetry, Year of the Wasp (Hunter, 2016), was a finalist for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award and the Queensland and South Australia Premiers’ Literary Awards. Year of the Wasp also won the Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize, enabling Joel to spend February and March touring Ireland and Northern Ireland. He is currently working on his third novel. Dorothy Poulopoulos is an award-winning Melbourne-born poet whose writing delves into love, death and identity. She writes in both English and Greek. Dorothy is the author of A Brushstroke of The Soul, a collection of 70 poems in Greek and The Art of Finding, a chapbook of poems in English, by Owl Publishing. Dorothy will be presenting poems from The Art of Finding and a future collection at The Wesley Anne. The Art of Finding is hot off the press and will be available for sale on the night. This chapbook will also form part of a panel discussion about the role of poetry in society, on Saturday the 20th October at 2.30 pm @ Steps Gallery, 62 Lygon Street Carlton, along with another 5 poetry chapbooks in the same series, co-ordinated by Helen Nickas. All welcome.
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