Four Women Writing

Jennifer Compton, who delights in bringing the page to the stage, will read from ‘the moment, taken’ (Recent Work Press, 2021) alongside award-winning poet Gayelene Carbis and author of ‘I Have Decided to Remain Vertical.’. Esther Ottaway (TAS) illuminates her own hidden autism and that of girls and women, sharing poems from ‘Intimate, low-voiced, delicate things’ (2022). Thuy On, author of Decadence (UWAP, 2022), deftly muses on language, literature and love.

“With unflinching honesty, piercing insight and formal ingenuity, Ottaway’s language blows apart the myths to clear a space for grief, solidarity and beauty. Be prepared to be shaken and embraced.”

– Andy Jackson on Esther Ottaway

“Funny, clever and keenly observed, Decadence is a profound musing on literature and language, that deftly skewers the would-be gatekeepers of verse. With this second collection, Thuy On has cemented herself as a vibrant, unique and captivating new voice in Australian poetry.”

– Maxine Clarke on Thuy On

Poetica October 2023 will be livestreamed on October 17, Tuesday, 8pm. Livestream playback will be available for 72 hours.

Poets: Esther Ottaway, Jennifer Compton, Thuy On, Gayelene Carbis

Esther Ottaway‘s collection ‘Intimate, low-voiced, delicate things won the Tim Thorne Prize for Poetry in the Tasmanian Literary Awards in 2022. Her new poetry collection is ‘She Doesn’t Seem Autistic, which creatively illuminates her own hidden autism and that of girls and women, most of whom are being misdiagnosed and unsupported in a medical system designed for boys. 

Jennifer Compton delights in bringing page to thestage. She has won the Melbourne Poets Union Open Mic Prize (2017), been highly commended in the Melbourne Spoken Word Prize (2017, 2018), and her work has repeatedly appeared in The Best Australian Poems. She recently released her 11th book of poetry, ‘the moment, taken’ (Recent Work Press, 2021).

Thuy On is the Reviews Editor of online publication ArtsHub. She’s an arts journalist, editor, critic and poet. Her two poetry books have been published by the University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP): ‘Turbulence’ (2020) and ‘Decadence’ (2023).

Gayelene Carbis has been awarded the Ros Spencer and My Brother Jack Poetry Awards. Gayelene’s first poetry book, ‘Anecdotal Evidence’was aFinalist in the International Book Awards in 2019. Her most recent poetry collection is ‘I Have Decided to Remain Vertical (Puncher and Wattmann, 2022). 

MC: Amanda Anastasi

Image by Fernando Cortes

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