LA MAMA POETICA
Tuesday, 31st October, 8pm at the La Mama Courthouse Theatre. Featuring Anthony Lawrence, Petra White, Tony Page, Lady Longdrop & Talya Rubin (Canada) .
ANTHONY LAWRENCE Anthony Lawrence has published sixteen books of poems and a novel. His most recent collection is Headwaters (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, Gold Coast, where he teaches Creative Writing and Writing Poetry.
PETRA WHITE Petra White was born in Adelaide in 1975 and has lived in Melbourne since 1998, where she works as a policy advisor. Her latest book is ‘Reading for a Quiet Morning’. Previous books include ‘A Hunger’, ‘The Simplified World’ and ‘The Incoming Tide’, which was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Prize and the ACT Poetry Prize.
TONY PAGE First active on the Melbourne poetry scene in the 1980s, Tony Page has read from his work at the Edinburgh Arts Festival, The Venice Conference on Commonwealth Literature, Shakespeare & Co in Paris, plus venues in the USA. As a theatre director, he has mounted amateur productions of Shakespeare, Beckett and Brecht, among others. For twenty years, he worked in Thailand and Malaysia, but now lives in Australia. He has published five collections of poetry, the most recent being Dawn The Proof (Hybrid Press, 2016).
LADY LONGDROP Kendra Keller (aka Lady Longdrop) is a poet, story weaver, performance artist and creator, often combining her own ecstatic text and vocal score with powerful performance to create moving and confounding offerings. A deep and sensuous connection to landscape is a persistent theme in her work. Her current practice is a journey of (re)discovery, folding movement, visual and theatrical elements into her play with the poetic. She performs regularly at events and festivals around the country.
TALYA RUBIN (Canada) Talya Rubin is a writer and performance maker. Her poetry won the Bronwen Wallace Award for the most promising emerging Canadian poet. She has been shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize and the Winston Descant/Collins prize for Best Canadian Poem. In 2015, she won the Battle of the Bards at Harbourfront, Toronto and was invited to attend the International Festival of Authors (IFOA). Her first book of poetry, Leaving the Island, was published with Vehicle Press in April 2015. Talya currently lives in Montreal with her husband and young son. She also runs an interdisciplinary performance company, Too Close to the Sun.