Archive Festival 2014

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New Poetry: Free event
Tuesday, May 20 2014 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Free, no bookings
Carrington Hotel, Katoomba, 15-47 Katoomba Street, Katoomba
Philip Hammial, Mark O’Flynn, David Brooks, Roberta Lowing, John Watson
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Join us to toast the conclusion to another successful program at the Carrington with the launch and readings from three new poetry books by eminent Blue Mountains authors. David Brooks launches (B) by John Watson, Philip Hammial launches The Searchers by Roberta Lowing, and Mark O’Flynn launches Detroit by Philip Hammial.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers House.

Philip Hammial (Australian)

Philip Hammial has had 26 collections of poetry published, two of which were short-listed for the Kenneth Slessor Prize and one of which was short-listed for the ACT Poetry Book Prize. Hammial has represented Australia at eight international poetry festivals, most recently (February 2014) at the Festival Internacional de la Poesia at Granada, Nicaragua. His poems have appeared in 26 poetry anthologies and in 105 journals in ten countries.

Mark O’Flynn (Australian)

Mark O’Flynn has published four collections of poetry, most recently Untested Cures, plus three novels including Grassdogs and The Forgotten World, He has also published the comic memoir False Start. A collection of short fiction, White Light, was in 2013. His reviews and short fiction have appeared in a wide range of magazines both in Australia and overseas. He lives in the Blue Mountains.

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David Brooks (Australian)

David Brooks, poet, novelist, essayist and translator, is co-editor of Southerly and until recently was Associate Professor of Australian Literature and Director of the Writing Program at the University of Sydney. His latest books are The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adoré Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry, and his fourth novel, The Conversation. A vegan and animal rights advocate, he lives in the Blue Mountains and, when he can, on the coast of Slovenia.

Roberta Lowing (Australian)

Roberta Lowing’s poems have been published in Meanjin, Blue Dog, Overland, Five Bells, and Best Australian Poems. Her first poetry collection, Ruin (a sequence on the Iraq War told in four voices, IP Press) was co-winner of the 2011 Asher Literary Award. Her first novel Notorious was shortlisted for the 2011 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and the 2011 Commonwealth Book Prize. The Searchers, published by Island Press and launched by David Brooks, is Roberta’s second collection of poetry.

John Watson (Australian)

John Watson is the author of many books including A First Reader, Montale: A Biographical Anthology, Erasure Traces, Views from Mt Brogden & A Dictionary of Minor Poets, Occam’s Aftershave, plus River Syllabics, Four Refrains, The Tale of Gawain, Three Obituaries, Louise, Olivia by Olivia, and 70 Sketches. He has won the Newcastle Poetry Prize Blake Prize for Poetry and Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize.