Welcome to the first Cuplet of 2019! It’s a big one - with Alison Whittaker, Mark Tredinnick, Ali Whitelock, Greg McLaren and Magdalena Ball.
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There will not be an open mic section at this event.
ALISON WHITTAKER is a Gomeroi multitasker from the floodplains of Gunnedah in NSW. Between 2017–2018, she was a Fulbright scholar at Harvard Law School, where she was named the Dean’s Scholar in Race, Gender and Criminal Law. Her debut poetry collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire, was awarded the State Library of Queensland’s black&write! Indigenous Writing Fellowship in 2015, and was published by Magabala Books in 2016. Her latest book, Blakwork, was published in 2018. Alison was the co-winner of the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize in 2017 for her poem, 'Many Girls White Linen'. Most recently, she was the Australian Indigenous Poet-In-Residence for the 2018 Queensland Poetry Festival.
MARK TREDINNICK is a celebrated poet, essayist, writing teacher, and mentor. His many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book, and his honours include the Montreal International Poetry Prize and two Premiers' Prizes. He teaches poetics and writing in the Faculty of Transdisciplinary Innovation at UTS. For seven years Mark lived with his family in the Katoomba; his landscape memoir The Blue Plateau (winner of the Queensland Premier's Literary Prize and shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Prize) celebrates the mountains and divines their natural and social history. Judith Beveridge has called Mark "one of our great poets of place." He lives these days in Bowral, but travels widely as a speaker, teacher, mentor and poet.
ALI WHITELOCK is a Scottish poet. Her debut poetry collection, and my heart crumples like a coke can, is published by Wakefield Press and her memoir, Poking seaweed with a stick and running away from the smell, was launched to critical acclaim in Australia and the UK in 2010. Her poems have appeared in The Moth Magazine, The American Journal of Poetry, The Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine, The Canberra Times, Bareknuckle Poet, The Bangor Literary Journal, The Glasgow Review of Books, Neighbourhood Paper, The Burning House and many others. For further info see: www.aliwhitelock.com
GREG MCLAREN is a poet, critic and teacher who grew up in the Hunter Valley coalfields in the 70s and 80s and now lives in the lower Blue Mountains. His books include Windfall, Australian Ravens and The Kurri Kurri Book of the Dead, all with Puncher & Wattmann, and After Han Shan. He is working on a post-apocalyptic novel set around Cessnock, of course.
MAGDALENA BALL is a novelist, poet, reviewer and interviewer, and is Managing Editor of Compulsive Reader (compulsivereader.com). Her work has been widely published in journals and anthologies, and she is the author of several novels and poetry books, the most recent of which, High Wire Press, was published in 2018 by Flying Island Press. She has also co-authored six poetry chapbooks, and has shortlisted in or won a number of literary prizes including the Queensland Poetry Festival Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Find out more about Magdalena at http://www.magdalenaball.com
and your host
CLAIRE ALBRECHT is writing her PhD in Poetry at the University of Newcastle. Her current work investigates the connections between poetry/photography and sex/politics. Claire's poems appear in Cordite Poetry Review, Overland Literary Journal, Plumwood Mountain, The Suburban Review and elsewhere. Her manuscript sediment was shortlisted for the 2018 Subbed In chapbook prize, and the poem 'mindfulness' won the Secret Spaces prize. Her debut chapbook pinky swear launched recently and is sold out, for the moment. Claire edited the 2018 Cuplet Anthology The Clambake which you can buy at the event!