IF Maitland Indie Festival & Art Fest

The 2022 Maitland IF program has just been released and I’m very excited to be participating in a few exciting events.   The festival runs from October 21st to 30th and features a wide range of literary and artistic events with workshops, family events, readings, panels and lots more.  Most of my sessions are on Saturday the 22nd of October, and include hosting a Flying Island multi-book launch from 10-11am and a brilliant panel called Wild Women of Poetry with some of my favourite poets (and friends) Anne Casey Jennifer Compton, and Ali Whitelock, hosted by the incomparable Gillian Swain.  The full festival program is available here: https://ifmaitland.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/IF-2022-Final-Program-Printable-3.pdf

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That Poetry Thing that is on at Smith’s Every Monday

It was a long drive from Newcastle to Canberra and back again the next morning, but worth every mile to be able to perform with this great bunch of talented poets at the iconic Smith’s Alternative  including my co-feature Daniel Ionita, and an open mic featuring the who’s who of Canberra’s thriving poetry scene like Lizz Murphy, PS Cottier (current poetry editor of the Canberra Times), Jacqui Malins, Martin Dolan, Gemma Nethercote Way, Andrew Moss, and Philip Norton to name just a few all beautifully managed by sparkling MC Sarah St Vincent Welch. What an honour.

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Raining Poetry in Adelaide

So excited to be included for the second time in Raining Poetry in Adelaide. The way it works is that poem are temporarily stencilled onto the pavement and become fully visible when it rains. The full poetry map is here: tinyurl.com/RPIA2022

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Whale Tales!

I was invited to submit a poem to this stunning exhibition at Lighthouse Arts to celebrate the migration of whales along the east coast of Australia.  My poem, titled “Migaloo” (after the beautiful and well-known Albino humpback) will be printed either A1 or A2, framed and exhibited beside stunning artworks about whales. There will be photographs, print works, paintings and other media on display including artworks by Aboriginal artists Emily Lloyd, Siarn Staley, Saretta Fielding, Wanda Matthews and her sister Charmon accompanying the Awabakal whale story provided by Bronwyn and Shane Frost. The exhibition opens Saturday 6th August and will run until Sunday 18th September, with the Exhibition Space open on Saturdays and Sundays between 10am and 4pm.  You might even catch sight of a migrating whale!

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That Poetry Thing

Very excited to be reading with Daniel Ionita at That Poetry Thing, Monday 29th August 7pm at Smith’s Alternative. This will be my first gig on Ngunnawal Country, in Canberra. There will be an open mic, so please come join us. Tickets can be obtained here: https://www.smithsalternative.com/events/that-poetry-thing-77280?fbclid=IwAR2nyd9Tf2t6G-HUz-JWbM8lxWPC8YbAYfSIl11oJ8uqXR9hDFv8FYPHNmE

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2022 Naji Naaman Literary Prize

The Density of Compact Bone has been awarded an Honor Prize in the international Naji Naaman Literary Prizes 2022. These prizes have been running annually since 2002, and are awarded every year to authors of literary works of all genres, aiming to revive and develop human values.

This year’s prize had 3,322 participants, from eighty two countries, writing in several languages and dialects (with new entries of Hausa, Igbo, Quechua and Sambalic). 68 winners were chosen in all, and for complete works (the Honor prize or Prix d’honneur), 20 winners were selected.  Winners are granted the honorary title of life member of Maison Naaman pour la Culture.

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“Philology” at Backstory 13

A new poem of mine, “Philology”, has just been published in Backstory – issue 13.  The poem was written about my great-grandmother Rebecca Samberg, who is the subject of my forthcoming book provisionally titled Bobish (due for publication by Puncher & Wattmann in late 2022). You can read the whole issue here: http://www.backstoryjournal.com.au/category/issues/issue-thirteen/

Or straight to “Philology” here: http://www.backstoryjournal.com.au/2022/05/24/philology/

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Petit Poetica

I’m thrilled to be performing with the amazing musician Nadav Kahn at Poetica Petit Woollahra Gallery at Red Leaf on the 2nd of June, 6-8pm. This is a collaboration with the gallery and Poetica Bondi and will be a wonderful intimate night of poetry, music and interview followed by an open mic at poets in the audience. Here is a link to the gallery: https://www.woollahragallery.com.au/  Registration for the event is here: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/poetica-petit-poetry-night-registration-324428021947


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Yom HaShoah at Poetry Super Highway

My poem “News from the Old World” has been published in Poetry Super Highways 24th Annual Yom HaShoah Remembrance Day Poetry issue. Yom HaShoah (Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah) runs from Wed, 27 Apr 2022 – Thu, 28 Apr 2022 this year and commemorates the the six million Jews murdered in the Holocaust along with the heroism of survivors and rescuers.  This is a moving issue and can be read in full here: https://www.poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/24th-annual-yom-hashoah-holocaust-remembrance-day-poetry-issue/

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Rochford Street Review

The wonderful Rochford Street Review has published six poems from The Density of Compact Bone along with Denise O’Hagan‘s stunning launch speech which Denise was not able to give due to Covid restrictions.  The book was later launched at the Newcastle Writers Festival by Gillian Swain (who did a fabulous job), but the Sydney event never happened.  Denise’s speech is a work of art in itself and I’m so pleased it is getting a public airing.  You can read the speech here: https://rochfordstreetreview.com/2022/04/19/denise-ohagan-launches-the-density-of-compact-bone-by-magdalena-ball/  

and the poems here:

Magdalena Ball: Six Poems

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