The 2017 Peter Porter Poetry Prize Ceremony

23 March 2017

The Unicorn and the Angel 1975This year the Porter Prize attracted almost 1,000 entries from about 25 different countries. Our three judges – Jill Jones, Felicity Plunkett, and Ali Alizadeh, – have shortlisted the following poems:

‘Four Egrets’ by Ronald Dzerigian (USA)
‘Sentence to Lilacs’ by Louis Klee (VIC)
‘Laika’ by Anthony Lawrence (NSW)
‘Drone’ by Michael Lee Phillips (USA)
‘pH’ by Damen O'Brien (QLD)
‘The Snow Lies Deep’ by Jen Saunders (NSW)
‘and it is what it is’ by Jessie Tu (NSW)

Join us at Collected Works Bookshop at 6 pm on Thursday, 23 March for the Porter Prize ceremony – always a highlight on the ABR calendar. Following readings of Peter Porter’s own poetry by a range of Melbourne poets, the seven shortlisted poets will read and introduce their poems. Then the overall winner will be announced. He or she will receive $5,000 and a print of Arthur Boyd’s The unicorn and the angel.

Refreshments will be served.

Where: Collected Works Bookshop
1/37 Swanston St
Melbourne, Victoria
When: 6 pm, Thursday, 23 March 2017

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States of Poetry - Tasmania

ABR will celebrate the 2017 Tasmanian States of Poetry anthology in Hobart on Thursday, 6 April. Peter Rose and State Poetry Editor Sarah Day will host a reading from the six poets included in this year’s anthology: Adrienne Eberhard, Graeme Hetherington, Jane Williams, Karen Knight, Louise Oxley, and Tim Thorne. The event will take place at the Hobart Book Shop, 22 Salamanca Square at 5.30 pm. Further details will be forthcoming. Refreshments will be served.

Where: The Hobart Book Shop
22 Salamanca Square
Hobart, Tasmania
When: 5.30 pm, Thursday, 6 April 2017

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Shakespeare: Australian Book Review in England

June 14–25, 2017

The Globe TheatreThe Globe Theatre


Following the success of the 2016 tour to the United States, Australian Book Review is delighted to offer a 12-day tour to England for readers, ABR supporters and friends. Visit Stratford-upon-Avon, the Glyndebourne Opera Festival and London on this exclusive tour. Enjoy several great performances – and the English summer – in the company of enquiring and like-minded travellers.

There is a strong but not exclusive focus on Shakespeare and literature, with additional visits to writers' homes, major libraries and concert halls. As in the United States, ABR has used its extensive professional contacts to arrange special functions and access to sites not normally available to the public.

The tour is led by Australian Book Review's long-time Editor Peter Rose and Christopher Menz, a former gallery director who has much experience as a tour leader. Additional input is provided by local guides, librarians and art gallery lecturers. Accommodation is in centrally-located four-star hotels.

ABR has engaged Academy Travel, a leading Australian small-group cultural travel company, to manage the tour.

Enquiries and Bookings

For further information and to secure a place on this tour please contact Frederick Steyn at Academy Travel on (02) 9235 0023 or 1800 639 699 (outside Sydney) or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information from Academy Travel about the ABR UK tour, including a detailed itinerary, please visit their website.

Endorsements from ABR’s 2016 US tour.

‘My recent experience travelling on the east coast of the United States with the inaugural ABR tour group was a truly exceptional one. The knowledge and expertise of the tour leaders meant our itinerary took us to places, and even introduced us to people, not usually accessible to ordinary travellers. In all, it was truly memorable!’

ABR’s small group tour to the United States in 2016 focused on literature, history, art and theatre. The program was well-thought-out, varied and balanced. The tour leaders were attuned to particular interests of individual group members and helped them where necessary to further explore those interests in the different venues we visited. One of the excellent features was the number of private viewings and guided tours specially tailored for our group.’