ACU Prize for Poetry
Entries are now open for the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry. The 2020 prize will be awarded for outstanding unpublished poetry with the theme Generosity, reflecting on Katerina Stoykova Klemer's supposition, "If truth doesn't set you free, generosity of spirit will". Entries close on July 6 and winners will be announced on September 22. Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe will be the judge. First prize is $10,000; second prize is $5000; third prize is $3000. Australian residents are eligible to enter. The shortlisted, commended and winning poems will be announced on Tuesday, September 22. Inquiries can be made to firstname.lastname@example.org. Further information: artsandculture.acu.edu.au.
Online literary events
July 7: How to Create Characters with Charlotte Barkla, a Zoom workshop for kids aged eight and up, at 2pm. More information and tickets: harryhartog.com.au/events.
July 8: Live Storytime with Gabriel Evans is a free event at 10.30am. More information and tickets: harryhartog.com.au/events.
July 8: The Safe Place: A Conversation with Anna Downes & JP Pomare is on at 6.30pm via Zoom. More information and tickets: harryhartog.com.au/events.
July 9: Home Events Writing Workshop: How to Map Journeys with Danielle Binks, for ages nine and up, live streamed from 11am. More information and tickets: harryhartog.com.au/events.
July 15:Loud & Proud: A Conversation with Tea Uglow & Maeve Marsden will be live streamed via Zoom at 6.30pm. Free. More information and reservations at harryhartog.com.au.
Canberra author Zoya Patel and Human Rights medalist Yen Eriksen have released a new six-part podcast, Margin Notes, sharing the stories of marginalised communities and exploring intersectional issues through the power of memoir. Margin Notes can be streamed through iTunes and Spotify, with new episodes released weekly.
Meet the author
Penguin Random House Australia has launched an online book club called The Huddle to connect readers with authors on Facebook. On Fridays from 3pm to 4pm a Facebook post will go up featuring the book of the week. Readers will be encouraged to comment on the post and discuss the book. The author will be ready and waiting to answer readers' comments and talk about their research. penguin.com.au/book-clubs/2604-the-huddle.
That Poetry Zoom
July 6: Coral Carter has published two collections, Descended from Thieves (Mulla Mulla Press 2012) and Backyard Listening (Mulla Mulla Press 2019). She was inaugural writer in residence for the Northern Territory Writers Centre 2013. She reads most weeks at Perth Poetry Club. Free entry by Zoom. Open mic.
July 13: Stuart Barnes's first book, Glasshouses (UQP, 2016), won the Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize. He's working on his second poetry collection, Form & Function.
July 15: Former prime minister Julia Gillard co-authored Women and Leadership with development economist Dr Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala. In this virtual ANU/Canberra Times Meet the Author live event at 6pm, Gillard and former governor-general Quentin Bryce will discuss the book, sharing the experience and advice of some of our female leaders in their own words. It will be introduced and chaired by Vice-Chancellor and President of The Australian National University, Professor Brian P. Schmidt. Signed copies by Julia Gillard of Women and Leadership will be available for sale at Harry Hartog bookshop, ANU. anu.edu.au/events/virtual-live-event-in-conversation-with-julia-gillard.
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