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States of Poetry Series Three - ACT | About Paul Munden

States of Poetry ACT - Series Three 31 May 2018
Paul Munden has published five collections, most recently The Bulmer Murder (Recent Work Press, 2017) and Chromatic (UWA Publishing, 2017). He was reader for Stanley Kubrick from 1988–98, and has been Director of the UK’s National Association of Writers in Education (NAWE) since 1994. He has worked as conference poet for the British Council and edited Feeling the Pressure: poetry and science o ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Three - ACT | About Miranda Lello

States of Poetry ACT - Series Three 31 May 2018
Miranda Lello is a Canberra poet and performer whose début poetry collection, A Song, The World To Come, was published in March 2017 by Recent Work Press. It took thirty-five years to write, and Miranda launched it on her birthday under a tree outside the National Film and Sound Archive, one of the places she loves most in Canberra. Miranda has performed regularly around Canberra over the past tw ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Three - ACT | About Lesley Lebkowicz

States of Poetry ACT - Series Three 31 May 2018
Lesley Lebkowicz has been publishing poetry since the early 1980s. Her last book, The Petrov Poems (Pitt Street Poetry), won a Canberra Critics’ Circle award, was shortlisted for the 2014 ACT Book of the Year, and won the 2014 ACT Writing and Publishing Award (Poetry). She has also published a collection of short fiction Washing my Mother’s Hair, and a translation of the earliest Buddhist vers ... (read more)

Brenda Niall is Critic of the Month

June-July 2018, no. 402 25 May 2018
Brenda Niall is Critic of the Month
Which critics most impress you? From many possibilities in Australia and elsewhere, I choose James Wood. Given enviable space in The New Yorker and the London Review of Books, Wood doesn’t waste it. His shrewd, elegant reviews show a critic at ease with diverse talents, He knows where his writers are coming from and where they’re going. Calm, scholarly, but passionate when passion is called f ... (read more)

Philip Mead is Poet of the Month

June-July 2018, no. 402 25 May 2018
Philip Mead is Poet of the Month
Which poets have most influenced you? You learn very different things from different poets, from formal aspects, some of them minute, to whole revelations about what a poem might be. This is always developing, and influences tend to come in waves or moments, with anthologies and magazines, subcultures and discoveries. But there are a lot of poets you keep going back to. You can learn from the ast ... (read more)

2018 Australian Book Review Film Survey

June-July 2018, no. 402 25 May 2018
Gail Jones Vittorio De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves (1948) is the tale of a poor man (Antonio) and his son (Bruno) living in postwar Rome. Antonio, searching for his stolen bicycle, moves in restless anxiety around city locations. Scenes recall de Chirico, Antonioni, and Pavese, but at its centre are the desperate, irresistible faces of the father and son. Men with movie posters ride bicycles holding ... (read more)

States of Poetry Series Three - ACT | About Paul Collis

States of Poetry ACT - Series Three 24 May 2018
A Barkindji man, born by the Darling River in Bourke, far north-west New South Wales, Paul is an emerging writer and poet, who works at the University of Canberra, teaching creative writing. Paul holds a PhD in cultural theory and creative writing. Dancing Home, his first novel, won the national 2016 David Unaipon Award for a previously unpublished Indigenous writer and was published by University ... (read more)

Letters to the Editor - June–July 2018

June-July 2018, no. 402 24 May 2018
Blimey, Blamey Dear Editor,John Arnold’s review of The People’s Force: A history of Victoria Police by Robert Haldane (ABR, May 2018) is an admirable appraisal of the work, which covers a colourful and important contribution to the state’s history. Arnold is, however, wrong to suggest that Christine Nixon was the most high-profile Commissioner to be appointed. That accolade surely belongs t ... (read more)

Alan Wearne is Poet of the Month

Online Exclusives 09 May 2018
Alan Wearne is Poet of the Month
Which poets have most influenced you? I work for an outfit called Narrative Verse in English, our company founder being a man called Geoff, Geoff Chaucer. After him it’s up for grabs, though given what I write, Pope, Byron, Browning. Clough, Meredith, Frost, and Kenneth Koch rate very highly. I’d like to have been influenced by Auden, but alas I wasn’t. Outside of English … Juvenal and Pe ... (read more)