Science Write Now: Wet Gully Elegy

The latest issue of Science Write Now, “Underground”, is up on the website and I’m very happy to have a poem included titled “Wet Gully Elegy”, written after Kimberly Brown‘s painting ‘Making Our Own Way’.  You can go straight to the link: http://sciencewritenow.com/read/10-the-underground/wet-gully-elegy to read the poem, my science inspiration piece, and listen to me read it (to the accompaniment of Nine Inch Nails).  The poem is about life, death and the forest generally, but it is also a very specific elegy for my mother, who died 10 years ago.   Of course the whole issue is exquisite – with essays, fiction and poetry from many wonderful creative people. You can check it out here: http://sciencewritenow.com/

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Limmud Oz 2024

On Sunday the 9th of June, I’ll be hosting a panel of exceptional modern Jewish poets at Limmud Oz.  Miriam Hechtmann, Hazel Smith, David Adès, and Marcelle Freiman will be joining me at Limmud to read poems and talk about such things as how the relationship between identity and creative practice, the impact of world events on their work, poetry as a means for engaging with the complexities of the world, diaspora, migration, and memory.  I’m sure it will be an enriching and powerful session.  Find out more about the session here: https://limmudoz2024.sched.com/event/1dW4n/australian-jewish-poetry  Check out the whole program here: https://www.limmudoz.org.au/program and book tickets here: https://www.limmudoz.org.au/tickets.

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Write Here! Workshop on the verse memoir

Lake Macquarie’s annual Write Here program is on again at various venues around Lake Macquarie from the 16th to the 19th of May and includes sessions on everything from comedy writing to audio books, crime writing, and lots of different types of memoir (which is very popular at the moment).  I’ll be giving a workshop on the 18th at Toronto library on Writing the Verse Memoir – that is, using the tools of poetry to create a memoir. The workshop will be hands-on and you will leave with a good idea of how to utilise the tools of poetry to enhance your own storytelling – whether that’s a straight memoir or whether you want to utilise the elements in fiction, biography, or any other genre.  You’ll leave the session with plenty of material!  More information and booking details here: https://library.lakemac.com.au/Events/Writing-the-verse-memoir-Magdalena-Ball

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Poetry reading

On May the 1st, I’ll be joining Kolkata academic and author Ketaki Datta for a poetry reading and Q&A in which we talk all things poetry and take questions from the audience. Time is 2pm IST which is 630pm AU EST.  I’ll post a link to join remotely as soon as it becomes available.  Session will also be recorded.

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Q&A at Books Forward

I’ve been getting review queries from Books Forward for many years.  Late last year Ellen Whitfield asked me to do a Q&A for their 2024 blog series, and the published result is here:  https://booksforward.com/interview-with-magdalena-ball-managing-editor-of-compulsive-readers/

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Newcastle Writers Festival!

I’ll be at the Newcastle Writers Festival from Friday the 5th through to Sunday the 7th of April.

My Sat the 6th starts with Deborah Conway on her new book Book of Life at 10am (expect some music), at 130pm, Writing Country and Connection with Susie Anderson, Sara M Saleh and Rob Waters.  Then a 4 book launch of new Flying Island Books including Tide by Ivy Ireland, Tarp Green Light by Carl Walsh, Beautiful Flames by Mark Mahemoff and Nibs & Nubs by Josh Stenberg.  On the Sunday I’ll be talking trauma and verse with Ali Whitelock and Jenny Blackford. It’s my favourite weekend of the year and I can’t wait.  If you’re there, please do come and say hello!

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Hello Keanu!

Coming in April, I’m thrilled to be included, along with so many brilliant writers, in this one-of-a-kind Australian poetry anthology that brings together pays tribute to Keanu Reeves, celebrating the actor’s well-known acts of kindness, generosity, and inclusivity.

More details here: https://momolobooks.com/

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An Unshared Secret Book Discussion and Reading

On the 24th of March, after reading poetry at 8am with LitBalm in the US, I’ll be transported to Kolkata for a literary book discussion at AU EST 730pm with author Ketaki Datta and critic Saikat Majumdar That’s 2pm Kolkata time.

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Lit Balm

Very much looking forward to reading poetry from Bobish with my three friends Beth Spencer, Willo Drummond and KA Rees at internationally respected, online venue Lit Balm, hosted by Cassandra Atherton. For those in the US, EST is 5pm on the 23 of March and for those in Au, it’s 8am, Sunday the 24th.  Join us from anywhere (and do read your own work on the open mic): https://www.facebook.com/events/756747076561065?ref=newsfeed

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Bimblebox 153 birds

Some years ago, I was asked to write a poem for the Bimblebox 153 Birds exhibition.  The exhibition, which includes music, poetry and artwork, has been touring the country with the aim of engaging, educating and engendering people’s connection with Bimblebox; to take the Bimblebox Nature Refuge beyond the fence-line and bring an experience of it to people throughout Australia; to build an understanding of the value of natural environments like Bimblebox; to engage in conversations around climate change, coal mining, biodiversity and what value we place on water, land and the environment.  The exhibition is currently at Tableland Regional Gallery, Atherton in North Queensland from 5 March – 6 April 2024. Full details here: https://bimbleboxartproject.com/2024/02/29/bimblebox-153-birds-at-tableland-regional-gallery/

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