Breaking the drought for the first post in a very long time … at Whitmore Press we were saddened to hear news of the passing of the warm, kind, hugely generous Retta Hemensley from the former Collected Works Bookshop, Melbourne.
Retta was at the heart of virtually every CW event – including Whitmore Press launches, among many others over many years. She was as interested in people as she was in poetry. Along with Kris H, she invited everyone in, metaphorically and literally. She will be much missed, and mourned, by devotees of poetry from Melbourne and beyond.
In one of the last events to be held there, Collected Works bookshop was packed out for the 23 October launch of Marion May Campbell’s third body, with Jennifer Harrison delivering a brilliant launch speech, and Marion an enlivening, energetic reading. Thanks to all who attended, and to Kris and Retta for hosting this event and so many others over so many years.
Following its recent shortlisting in the Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards, Eddie Paterson’s redactor has this week been shortlisted in the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, John Bray Poetry Award, along with works by Peter Boyle, Pam Brown, Joel Deane, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Antigone Kefala – fine poets all.
It’s been a big couple of days for Eddie Paterson and redactor, published by Whitmore Press in February 2017.
Yesterday, after a reading of ‘redactor’, Eddie was named by Marieke Hardy in The Guardian as one of eight new writers we should be reading. Hardy writes, ‘when a writer such as Eddie Paterson falls across one’s radar the thrilling potential can’t be ignored. His latest collection, redactor, uses found texts from ordinary daily life to make word-magic on the page’. https://www.theguardian.com/…/eight-new-australian-writers-…
Today, ‘redactor’ has been shortlisted, along with works by Bella Li and Jennifer Maiden, in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The judges describe redactor as a ‘hilarious, politically alive vivid experiment. It’s a hand-held guide to finding the twisted wonderful poetry in every banal word we employ. https://www.wheelercentre.com/…/victorian-premier-s-literar…
Like a copy of redactor? Order here, and we’ll send it to straight to your door (free postage, do yourself a favour etc.).
Whitmore Press is delighted to announce the launch of November Journal, the latest collection by Diane Fahey.
Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Thursday 30 November, 6pm for 6.30 start
Launch by the poet Anne M Carson.
Drinks and snacks provided. All welcome!
In November Journal, Diane Fahey creates a record of her sojourn at Bundanon artists’ retreat with its view of fields, forest, plains, escarpments, and the Shoalhaven River. These one hundred poems in the tanka form are buoyant and contemplative, deftly unfolding a narrative while evoking the close-up particulars and encompassing dramas of the natural world.
If you’re in or near Melbourne, we hope you can take time out from the end-of-year rush to enjoy the intelligently quiet, reflective poems of one of Australia’s most renowned poets.
Can’t make the launch? Order November Journal online here, and we’ll mail a copy to your door – free postage.
Eddie Paterson’s redactor, published in February by Whitmore Press, was recently commended in the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize, along with collections by Bella Li and Judy Johnson. The award was won by Susan Fealy. All up, works by four marvellous poets. redactor, along with Cassie Lewis’s ‘The Blue Decodes’ (Grand Parade Poets), is also warmly reviewed by Joan Fleming in the latest issue of Australian Book Review.
And Meteorites by Carmen Leigh Keates is one of five collections to be shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, part of the Queensland Literary Awards 2017.
Congratulations to both Eddie and Carmen!
You can purchase copies of Eddie’s and Carmen’s books from the Whitmore Press titles page.
Whitmore Press poets Carmen Leigh Keates and Andy Jackson are guests at the Queensland Poetry Festival, currently being held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley.
Along with a host of stellar Australian and international poets, Carmen and Andy feature in the multitude of readings, discussion panels, book launches and workshops on offer at the festival. Other guests include Ali Cobby Eckermann, Stuart Barnes, Bronwyn Lea, Eileen Chong, Kit Kelen, Bella Li and David Musgrave, among many other talented poets.
Many congrats to Jill Jones for making the shortlist for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, part of the 2017 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for Breaking the Days (Whitmore Press).
Jill’s 2015 collection sits alongside those by other distinguished poets whose works have also been shortlisted: Peter Boyle, Paul Hetherington, Antigone Kefala, John Kinsella and Ellen van Neerven. More details at the State Library of New South Wales website.
The winner of the $30,000 prize will be announced at the State Library on
Meanwhile you can order a copy of Jill’s book here.