A Feast of Poetry is a celebration of poetry, for all aspiring poets and lovers of poetry from children to seniors. It's on again this year in the gardens of the historic Raglan Gallery and Cultural Centre in Lambie Street, Cooma, on Sunday. This year, for the first time, a songwriting competition has been included. The day starts at 10am with performances by the songwriting competition winners and continues with announcement of the poetry competition winners from 11am. This year there were more than 300 entries from across Australia.There are on-the-spot competitions for all ages, book sales, food, coffee and prizes to be won. See: raglangallery.org.au.
''Part-time Freelance Writing: get started and keep going'' with Des McNicholas, on Saturday November 10 from 9.30am to 1.30pm, is an introduction to the knowledge and tools needed to build a successful part-time career. Des McNicholas is an established part-time freelance writer who has written hundreds of published articles on topics as diverse as management, financial planning, technology, computer games, helicopter rescues, national accreditation standards, military history and school fetes. Venue: ACT Writers Centre Workshop Room, Gorman House, 55 Ainslie Ave, Braddon, ACT 2612. Cost: $90 members, $80 concessional members, $150 non-members (includes six months of membership). Bookings, phone: 6262 9191. Or buy tickets at the ACT Writers Centre office. Payment is required at time of booking.
Thursday: 6pm In the next Canberra Times/ANU Literary Event: Meet the Author Series 2012,
former presenter of ABC's Radio National The Book Show, Ramona Koval, will speak about By the Book, a story about reading and living, and of the authors that have written themselves into her life, from Oliver Sacks to Oscar Wilde, Christina Stead to Grace Paley. In it, Koval discusses her childhood and provides insights into her extraordinary mother and tragic family history. Essentially though, it is a journey through Koval's diverse reading habits over time - from politics to science, feminism, travel, polar explorers, anthropology, classics, and even the Kama Sutra - interspersed with citations and a few personal anecdotes about the authors she has befriended along the way. Book sales and signings will follow the lecture. It's on at Theatre 3, Manning Clark Centre, Union Court, ANU. To book, see: ramonakoval.eventbrite.com. Phone: ANU Events on 6125 4144.
Friday: 7.30pm There will be an International Tanka Poetry Evening at Manning Clark House, 11 Tasmania Circle, Forrest, in which the award-winning poet from Japan, Noriko Tanaka, will perform a selection of her new work and that of other modern Japanese poets. She will be supported with musical items by Rupert Summerson on the shakuhachi, and Moko Eade on the koto. Saeko Ogi and Amelia Fielden will also read, bilingually from their joint book, Words Flower. Admission is $10, or $7 members of MCH and students. Entry price includes refreshments. Bookings: 6195 1808. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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