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Poetry in Sydney – Live Poets @ Don Bank – Robert Adamson, Kate Lilley

February 27, 2013

 
*SYDNEY Poetry

Live Poets kicks off its 2013 season with 2 major figures on the Australian poetry scene Robert Adamson and Kate Lilley

  • Wednesday 27 February 2013 Doors open: 7.30 pm.
  • $7 entry includes supper and drinks

Live Poets @ Don Bank
6 Napier St North Sydney
SPECIAL GUESTS: Robert Adamson talking about the turning points in his writing career and reading a selection of poems.
Kate Lilley reading from and discussing the origins of her critically acclaimed second book of poetry ‘Ladylike’ (Uni of WA Press).
As usual there is an Open Section where anyone is welcome to recite, sing, tell a story or play an instrument.
 
Live Poets kicks off its 2013 season with 2 major figures on the Australian poetry scene.
Robert Adamson is a doyen among Australian poets and has published 17 books of verse and won numerous prizes including the NSW and Victorian Premier’s Prizes, the Banjo Award,
(his book ‘The Clean Dark’ won all three of these in 1990), the Kenneth Slessor Award, the CJ Dennis Award and the Grace Leven Prize.
 Robert Adamson was past editor of New Poetry magazine and Ulitarra and was President of the Poetry Society of Australia from 1974 to 1980.  Yet Robert Adamson first came to writing while in a penintentiary and was sent to a Boys Home in his youth after stealing a rare bird from Taronga Zoo.
All this will be looked at in his discussion with Danny Gardner at Live Poets. 
 
Kate Lilley’s ‘Ladylike’ has been acclaimed as a landmark exploration of the creation of the self in a variety of poetic forms – which makes a ‘quantum leap’ in the way it comes together as a concept.
This is not a total surprise considering Lilley’s first book ‘Versary’ had a spectacular debut and won the Grace Leven Prize. It’s also significant that Kate is the daughter of poets Dorothy Hewett and Merv Lilley.
Kate Lilley, who is an Associate Professor in the English dept at the Uni of Sydney, grew up in Perth and Sydney, gained a Phd at the University of London after honours at the Uni of Sydney and spent 4 years as a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford.  She is widely anthologised in poetry, poetics, feminist textual history and queer studies. She edited the last collection of her mother’s work for UWAP in 2010.
 Kate Lilley will have lots to discuss about the origins of ‘Ladylike’ and her approach to her mother’s poetry in conversation with the convenor before her recitation.
 
This evening provides a rare opportunity to get to know these two fine talents better. There will be time for questions from the audience.
 
To boot: the Open Section at Live Poets always throws up some highlights and supper under the stars in the courtyard something to savour.  All for just $7 at the door.

Doors open: 7.30 pm. $7 entry includes supper and drinks.
Further info: Danny Gardner (Convenor) (02) 9896 6956 Mobile 0422 263 373 or at dannylivepoets@yahoo.com.au

Poetry in Sydney 2013

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