IAN McBRYDE‘s We the Mapless: New and Selected Poems has just been published by Brisbane’s Bareknuckle Press. In 2010, his sixth collection of poetry –  The Adoption Order (Five Islands Press) – was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Prize. In 2005, Ian’s fourth collection – Domain (Five Islands Press, 2005) – was short-listed for The Age Poetry Book of the Year. Ian is also an artist and has been a drummer for several progressive jazz-rock bands.

HEATHER TAYLOR JOHNSON is an American Australian poet and novelist living in Adelaide. She was written four booksb of poetry, the most recent being Meanwhile, the Oak (Five Islands Press, 2016). She is the editor of the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (UWAP, 2017). She has authored two novels: Jean Harley was Here, which featured on the ABC’s First Tuesday Book Club in May this year, and Pursuing Love & Death.

ANTHONY LAWRENCE has published sixteen books of poems and a novel. His most recent collection isHeadwaters (Pitt Street Poetry, 2016). His books and individual poems have won many awards, including The Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (NSW Premiers Award), the Blake Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the Judith Wright Callanthe Award (QLD Premiers Award), the Josephine Ulrick Poetry prize and the Gwen Harwood Memorial Award. He is a Senior Lecturer at Griffith University on the, Gold Coast, where he teaches Creative Writing and Writing Poetry.

WAFFLE IRONGIRL‘s writing has featured in the anthology Dirty Little Numbers: Erotic Stories published by Go Deeper Press and on the Melbourne Spoken Word audio journal Audacious 4.  She has featured at spoken word events across Melbourne, including at Owl & Cat, Mother Tongue, Griffinspeak, Passionate Tongues, and colonised the kitchen sink in Scott Wing’s immersive theatre show Debris.  She now writes and performs flash fiction and poetry about wind chimes, waffle irons and other morsels.



August 22nd


Tue 8pm  


La Mama Courthouse 349 Drummond St, Carlton

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Full $12 Concession $8

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