POETRY IN CONVERSATION: CAITLIN MALING
Jun
8
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: CAITLIN MALING

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'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk.


AFRICA DAY 2017
May
25
6:00 pm18:00

AFRICA DAY 2017

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Join us on May 25th to celebrate Africa Day. The Centre for Stories will have an evening of song, film and conversation to mark a day of joy in honour of the continent as a whole.

POETRY WORKSHOP
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY WORKSHOP

  • Centre for Stories

Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic meeting where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. It provides a collaborative opportunity to share your work-in-progress. It will be focussed on page poets who consider themselves to be emerging. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate of food to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Bringing a poem and providing constructive comments on others' work is a must. 

AMY HILHORST is a Perth poet and researcher. Amy’s own poetry has been published in Writ, Verity La, Axon, Cordite and Westerly. Her research explores psychic disturbances in the poetry of Francis Webb, Bruce Beaver and Michael Dransfield, focusing on representations of a lyric subject in ‘breakdown’. 

Be quick! Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name
WRITE NIGHT
May
23
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre for Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you!

STORYTELLING FOR CHLDREN
May
19
4:00 pm16:00

STORYTELLING FOR CHLDREN

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Join us for our first ever Children's Book Club. This event hopes to provide a fun, creative space for parents and children to meet and interact. Bring your little ones and come along for an afternoon of listening, telling and creating stories. 

DINNER CONVERSATIONS: "WHAT I HAD IN MY LUNCHBOX"
May
12
7:00 pm19:00

DINNER CONVERSATIONS: "WHAT I HAD IN MY LUNCHBOX"

What I Had in My Lunchbox is a collaboration between My Open Table and Centre for Stories that hopes to celebrate the diversity, richness, hilarity and uniqueness of growing up in a multicultural household through the celebration of food and conversation.

WRITE NIGHT
May
9
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre for Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you!

May
6
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere April. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
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Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month. Entry through a donation on the day. Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB #2
May
3
5:30 pm17:30

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB #2

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Fem Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of novels by women about women. Through informal conversation about each text we will focus on the manifold experiences of being a women through different moments in history and across varying communities.

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AHWAZI-ARAB FEAST
Apr
27
6:30 pm18:30

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AHWAZI-ARAB FEAST

  • Centre for Stories

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories.

WRITE NIGHT
Apr
11
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR(Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: JEREMY BALIUS
Apr
6
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: JEREMY BALIUS

  • Centre for Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series will continue with JEREMY BALIUS. Jeremy is a poet, editor and publisher with an interest in experimental writing and language art. Born in Dallas, raised in Germany, educated in Los Angeles and a resident of Perth, he has a varied poetic practice. His work engages with issues of text, boundary, transformation, and has been anthologised and published in various local and international journals. He founded the publishing house Black Rider, and is editor of Outcrop with Corey Wakeling.

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPS are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name
BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB
Apr
5
5:30 pm17:30

BOOK CLUB: FEM BOOK CLUB

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Fem Book Club is an introduction to a diverse range of novels by women about women. Through informal conversation about each text this Fem Book Club will focus on the manifold experiences of being a woman through different moments in history and across varying communities. We will think about and challenge what it means to be a woman as an assumed universal experience. We will look at how women of colour, transgender and non-binary identifying writers, or those who suffer with mental health issues have vastly different experiences of ‘feminism’ or what it is to be a woman. Each month we will focus on an individual text and use it as a departure point to discuss the authors' wider oeuvre and importance in the realm of feminist conversation — how can we use these stories to navigate the world or inform how we think about our place within it? 

Your host for Fem Book Club is Kelly Fliedner who has a diverse practice as a writer, curator, teacher, producer and… book club master! Recently Kelly has worked with the Kochi-Muziris Biennale, based in South India, as Writer and Editor. Previously she was based in Melbourne and held various roles at West Space, a contemporary art organisation, Monash University Museum of Art, La Trobe University, and MPavilion. In 2016 she worked on creative projects for Next Wave Festival, Melbourne and the Biennale of Sydney. 

 

BOOK #1 — Rebecca Solnit The Faraway Nearby

Activist and writer Rebecca Solnit is widely attributed as having created the portmanteau ‘mansplaining’ with her 2008 essay Men Explain Things To Me, and she often writes on the environment, politics, place and art. Solnit’s The Faraway Nearby defies categorisation and creatively wanders between differing forms, subjects and moments in time. It is part memoir, literary criticism, travelogue and prose poetry and explores the difficult and complicated relationship between herself and her mother who is suffering with Alzheimer’s disease. The Faraway Nearby is an exploration of empathy and the role of storytelling — a perfect way to start this Fem Book Club at the Centre for Stories!

If you’re keen to come to each session, order and purchase the texts as soon as possible as some—like Faces in the Water—might be a little difficult to source. The Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

Please, don’t hesitate to contact Kelly at klfliedner@gmail.com if you have any questions. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Reading the book and participating in conversation is a must! RSVPS are essential. Confirm your attendance using the form below.

Name *
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Other Fem Book Club texts:

BOOK #2 — Wednesday 3 May 5.30-7.30pm — Zadie Smith NW

BOOK #3 — Wednesday 31 May 5.30-7.30pm — Toni Morrison The Bluest Eye

BOOK #4 — Wednesday 19 July 5.30-7.30pm — Alexis Wright The Swan Book

BOOK #5 — Wednesday 2 August  5.30-7.30pm — Maggie Nelson The Argonauts 

BOOK #6 — Wednesday 30 August 5.30-7.30pm — Janet Frame Faces in the Water

 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AFGHANI FEAST
Mar
30
6:30 pm18:30

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: AFGHANI FEAST

  • Centre for Stories

Food for Thought is a monthly dinner that hopes to raise funds to support detained or recently settled asylum seekers through the celebration of food, culture and the sharing of stories. Every last Thursday of the month a new community will come together and cook for 40 guests in a welcoming, comfortable and friendly environment.
 

WRITE NIGHT
Mar
28
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR(Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

BOOK CLUB: THE POLITICS OF OUR DAY
Mar
22
6:00 pm18:00

BOOK CLUB: THE POLITICS OF OUR DAY

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The Politics of Our Day with Robert Wood is an ongoing book club featuring non-fiction books for the person who likes history, politics and current affairs. 

Our first book Listen, Liberal examines contemporary American politics. Focusing on the professional classes and their relationship with the Democrats, Thomas Frank  provides a provocative and engaging account of the last two decades. He covers issues such as the housing affordability crisis, Wall Street bailouts and progressive successes in a knowledgeable and informed account. This will add to your understanding of Donald Trump’s electoral win and help us identify what makes tomorrow’s America a place with challenges and opportunities.

Thomas Frank was trained as a historian. He has been the editor of The Baffler and authored the popular book What’s the Matter With Kansas?  

Robert Wood has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Please read the book prior to the event. The Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

RSVPs to this event are essential. Please use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name

Other texts for The Politics of Our Day:

17th May - Mikhail Zygar - All the Kremlin's Men

21st June - David Shambaugh – China’s Future

19th July - Somini Sengupta – The End of Karma

16th August - Johan Norberg – Progress

POETRY WORKSHOP
Mar
21
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY WORKSHOP

Poetry Workshop is a safe and dynamic meeting where you can craft your poetry and offer feedback to other poets. It provides a collaborative opportunity to share your work-in-progress. It will be focussed on page poets who consider themselves to be emerging. This will be a friendly and relaxed environment so bring a plate of food to share if you like and an open frame of mind. Bringing a poem and providing constructive comments on others' work is a must. RSVPs are essential and space is limited. Book in using the form below.

AMY HILHORST is a Perth poet and researcher. Amy’s own poetry has been published in Writ, Verity La, Axon, Cordite and Westerly. Her research explores psychic disturbances in the poetry of Francis Webb, Bruce Beaver and Michael Dransfield, focusing on representations of a lyric subject in ‘breakdown’.  She is co-guest-editing a special online issue of Westerly, due for release in April 2017.

Be quick! Spaces are limited and RSVPs are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance.   

Name *
Name
BOOK CLUB: SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB
Mar
16
12:40 pm12:40

BOOK CLUB: SHORT STORY BOOK CLUB

  • Centre For Stories

Join Laurie Steed at our monthly Short Story Book Club for people who read and write short stories, as well as those who simply revel in the written word. It explores exquisite, iconic short fiction collections from the Australian literary canon, from modern classics such as Ryan O’Neill’s The Weight of a Human Heart through up to soon to be published, award-winning collections such as Australia Day by Melanie Cheng. Throughout, we’ll tease out why these stories resonate, examine the greater motivations behind their work, and revelling in the joys of perfectly constructed tale. 

In our first collection, Heat and Light, author Ellen van Neerven takes readers on a journey that is mythical, mystical and still achingly real. In ‘Heat’, we meet several generations of the Kresinger family and the legacy left by the mysterious Pearl. In ‘Water’, van Neerven offers a futuristic imagining of a people whose existence is under threat. While in ‘Light’, familial ties are challenged and characters are caught between a desire for freedom and a sense of belonging. Heat and Light presents a surprising and unexpected narrative journey while heralding the arrival of an exciting new talent in Australian writing. 

Laurie Steed is the Patricia Hackett Prize winning author of You Belong Here, and lives in Perth, Western Australia. His work has been broadcast on BBC Radio 4 and published in Best Australian Stories, The Age, Meanjin, Westerly, Island, The Sleepers Almanac and elsewhere.

Please read the book prior to the event. The Centre for Stories preferred bookstore is Boffins. We value our local book sellers and think they are an important part of the literary community. Boffins may not stock all of the books in our book club or the authors from our events, but you can order books through them and they will tend to your needs in a timely fashion. Please visit them here. Mention our name for 10% off!

RSVPs to this event are essential. Please use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

Name *
Name
WRITE NIGHT
Mar
14
6:00 pm18:00

WRITE NIGHT

  • Centre For Stories

Do you struggle to carve out distraction free writing time? Are you looking for a safe group environment to work on your work in progress? Would you like to meet other writers in your community? Then this group is for you! Our aim is to facilitate two forty minute writing blocks, distraction free, with prompts for those who need them. You may not always be happy with what you write during this time (and be honest, who ever really is at first) but your word count will increase! This is your time, and your safe space. Come and write with us every second Tuesday in the beautiful, historic setting that is the Centre for Stories in Northbridge and watch your project take shape.

·       6pm – 6.15pm Warm up exercises

·       6.20pm –7pm  First writing block

·       7pm –7.15pm  Dinner and discussion break (BYO food or use the time some other way –  writers only participating in the second block should arrive during this time.)

·       7.20pm – 8pm Second writing block

Please feel free to bring snacks or an evening meal to eat at the break, but note that we need to respect the Centre and be as tidy as possible. You will need to bring your own laptops or pen and paper to work on.

COST: Writing Centre members $5, Non-members $10 (pay at door)

Emily Paull: Emily is a writer, blogger and a bookseller, with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History & Creative Writing from Murdoch University and a Graduate Diploma in Writing/Publishing from Deakin University. Her short fiction has appeared in METIOR, (Re)Sisters and the 2016 Margaret River Press Anthology Shibboleth and Other Stories. She will also feature in the 2017 anthology. Emily was shortlisted for the 2015 John Marsden/Hachette Australia Young Writers’ Award and was a young writer in residence at the KSP Centre in the Perth Hills in 2014.  She writes short fiction and historical fiction.

Belinda Hermawan: Belinda is an aspiring novelist and short fiction writer. She is a HR professional in her ‘other life’, and holds a double degree in Law and Arts (Political Science & International Relations) from the University of Western Australia. She is currently the Studios Manager at artist-run-initiative Paper Mountain and also works in Digital Communications for WA’s peak literary body writingWA. She is also a former president of the Fellowship of Australian Writers WA writers’ centre. 

No RSVP necessary- just turn up on the night!

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SIOBHAN HODGE
Mar
9
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SIOBHAN HODGE

  • Centre For Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series will continue with Siobahn Hodge who is a local poet with an international history and an interest in a diverse range of subject matter. 

SIOBHAN HODGE has a PhD in English literature. Her thesis focused on Sappho’s legacy in English translations. Born in the UK, she divides her time between Australia and Hong Kong. Her chapbook of reflections on Sappho, Picking Up the Pieces, was published in 2012 as part of the Wide Range Chapbooks series. She is currently the Reviews Editor for Writ Review and an Associate Editor for Rochford Street Review. She has had critical and creative works published in a range of places, including Cordite, Westerly, Axon, Contrapasso, Peril and Plumwood Mountain. Her upcoming chapbook, to be published with Cordite Books, is called Justice for Romeo.

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPS are essential. Use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

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BOOK LAUNCH: BLOODLINES BY NICOLE SINCLAIR
Mar
7
6:00 pm18:00

BOOK LAUNCH: BLOODLINES BY NICOLE SINCLAIR

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Join Margaret River Press at the Centre For Stories for the launch by Rosemary Sayer of Bloodlines, a debut novel by Nicole Sinclair.

This is a thoughtful, heartfelt work with a well-executed use of multiple narratives and varying perspectives. This enjoyable read marks the emergence of a sincere and refreshing new voice in the Australian literary world (Four Stars, Books + Publishing)

Bloodlines is a layered novel with shifting settings, times and voices. At its heart it is a story about love – love found and love lost – and the choices that shape us. It offers insight into the complexities of daily life in Papua New Guinea and how it feels to be an outsider in our closest neighbour’s land.

Thirty-one-year-old Beth, who’s grown up in Western Australia’s wheatbelt, is running from her past when she heads to an island in Papua New Guinea. Interwoven with Beth’s narrative about the joys and brutalities of island life is the story of her parents' passionate, tender love for each other. Shifting between the perspectives of five memorable characters, this ambitious, big-hearted, and at times confronting novel, heralds an exciting new voice in Australian literature.

Nicole Sinclair’s short fiction and non-fiction has appeared in the Review of Australian Fiction, Westerlyindigo Journal and Award Winning Australian Writing, and also forms part of the artworks along Busselton Jetty. Her short stories have won the Katharine Susannah Prichard Short Fiction Award and the Down South Writers Competition. Bloodlines is Nicole’s first novel and was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle 2014 TAG Hungerford Award. Nicole has lived and worked in Papua New Guinea and now lives in the south-west of Western Australia with her husband and two (very young) daughters.

RSVPs to this event are essential. Please use the form below to confirm your attendance. 

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WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT
Mar
4
11:00 am11:00

WRITERS BLOC :: WRITE HERE MONTHLY EVENT

  • Centre for Stories

Are you ready to kick writing's butt? Or do you want to catch up with literary folk in a place with good coffee? Well, you can do both at #WriteHere February. 

You'll have plenty of time for writing individually, surrounded by other writers.

There are also events running concurrently in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Adelaide so if you're on Twitter, jump in the #WriteHere hashtag and see who else is involved. 
__
Write Here is an opportunity to get some writing done. It's not a critique group but we'll happily discuss your ideas at the end of the session. If you're interested in getting some feedback on your work, thewritersbloc.net is a great place to get it.  

Write here is a monthly event and regularly held on the first Saturday of every month. Entry through a donation on the day. Reserve you place through meetup. 

http://www.meetup.com/Writers-Bloc-Perth/

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SAMPURNA CHATTARJ
Feb
22
6:00 pm18:00

POETRY IN CONVERSATION: SAMPURNA CHATTARJ

  • Centre For Stories

'Poetry In Conversation' is a chance for you to listen to some of Perth’s best poets in an interview format with Robert Wood. These sessions are designed as an introduction and exploration of how poets write, read and talk. They will feature readings of poems as well as the opportunity for you to hear about the poet’s influences, process and work. This will give you the chance to listen to the stories behind the poetry for which they are known. Come along, grab a glass of wine and settle in to hear what our best wordsmiths are up to.

The 'Poetry in Conversation' series kicks off with Sampurna Chattarji who will also be appearing at JLF Melbourne, a brand new festival that will see the Melbourne Writers Festival joining forces with Jaipur Literature Festival.

SAMPURNA CHATTARJI is a poet, novelist, translator and children’s author. Her fourteen books include the novels Rupture and Land of the Well; and the poetry collections The Fried Frog and other Funny Foodie Freaky Feisty Poems and Absent Muses. Her translation of Joy Goswami’s Selected Poems was shortlisted for the Khushwant Singh Memorial Prize for Poetry and her translation of Sukumar Ray’s Abol Tabol has been a Puffin Classic titled Wordygurdyboom! since 2008. 

ROBERT WOOD has interned for Overland and Wild Dingo Press, worked for Australian Poetry, edited for Peril and Cordite, been a columnist for Cultural Weekly and is on the faculty of The School of Life. At present he works for the Centre for Stories. 

Event RSVPs are essential. 

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THE MOON ABOVE OUR HEADS
Dec
10
3:00 pm15:00

THE MOON ABOVE OUR HEADS

  • The Centre for Stories

 Saturday 10 December

The Moon Above our Heads:  Stories of Courage

(served with coffee and chocolate) 

3–5 pm

Ticket price: $19

For this year's Human Rights Day, Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes, Mary Ann Kenny, Baden Offord, John Ryan and Yasue Arimitsu will be sharing the stories and books that have influenced and impacted upon their enduring human rights work. Join us for an afternoon of celebrating courage in adversity, tolerance and understanding, and above all else—our common humanity. 

'This year, Human Rights Day calls on everyone to stand up for someone's rights! Many of us are fearful about the way the world is heading. Disrespect for basic human rights continues to be wide-spread in all parts of the globe. Extremist movements subject people to horrific violence. Messages of intolerance and hatred prey on our fears. Humane values are under attack.'

—United Nations

FACILITATOR

Baden Offord holds the Dr Haruhisa Handa Chair of Human Rights Education and is Professor of Cultural Studies and Human Rights. He is the Director of the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University. Born in Aotearoa New Zealand, of Maori and Pakeha heritage, Baden has lived most of his life in Sydney and Byron Bay, as well as several years in Aotearoa/NZ, India and Japan. He was educated at The University of Sydney, Australian National University and Southern Cross University. 

SPEAKERS

Yirga Gelaw Woldeyes is a researcher and poet from the holy town of Lalibela, Ethiopia. His poetry was published in a book titled Yeteraroch Chuhet (The Cry of Mountains), which uses Amharic to reflect on Ethiopia’s history of loss and resilience. Yirga holds both a Master's and a PhD from the Centre for Human Rights Education at Curtin University, where he is now a lecturer. 

Mary Ann Kenny is an Associate Professor in the School of Law and the Programme Manager of the Graduate Certificate in Australian Migration Law and Practice. She teaches migration law, refugee law and international human rights and she has been a legal practitioner and migration agent for over 20 years. As a legal practitioner Mary Ann continues to provide vital pro bono advice and assistance to refugees and asylum seekers.

John Ryan is Head of English at Southern Cross Distance Education School and President of the North Coast Branch of the NSW English Teachers Association. John has published in cultural studies and in the field of human rights education. His most recent article, 'Peacebuilding education: enabling human rights and social justice through cultural studies pedagogy' was a collaboration with co-panelist Baden Offord. John won a NSW Premiers' Scholarship in 2003.

Yasue Arimitsu is Professor Emeritus of English and Australian Studies at Doshisha University, Kyoto, Japan. She has edited and contributed to Contemporary Australian Studies: Literature, History, Film and Media Studies in a Globalizing Age (2016). She was the president of the Australian Studies Association of Japan (2010–2013), and is currently the president of the Australia New Zealand Literary Society of Japan (2014–).

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