Upcoming Newcastle Writers Festival Events

I’m very excited about the upcoming Newcastle Writers Festival. The Festival runs from the 1st of April to the 3rd (with a few sideshows and extras before and after), and I’ve got some amazing things happening through the weekend.

10am on Saturday the 2nd (Mulubinba Room, City Hall), I’ll be hosting a session with Cécile Barral and her daughter Oceane Campbell, who will be speaking about their memoir  The Silence Between Us. 

Saturday, 2pm in the Watt Street Gallery, I will be (finally!) launching my book The Density of Compact Bone. 

On Sunday, 10am, City Hall’s Cummings Room, I’ll be speaking with Kate Mildenhall, Inga Simpson and Jacquie Svenson on their “Stories to Change the World”, exploring the chonky topic of the role fiction can play when it comes to understanding climate change and inspiring action.  There are so many great events on – check out the full program here: https://www.newcastlewritersfestival.org.au

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Australian poetry Anthology

My poem “Dragonfly” has been included in the latest Australian Poetry Anthology (Vol 9, 2021-2022) edited by poetry powerhouses Lucy Dougan and Michelle Cahill (it’s an extra joy when people you admire pick your work).  The annual Anthology showcases poems submitted by current subscribers to Australian Poetry, whose website can be found here: https://www.australianpoetry.org

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Sydney Poetry Lounge Live

This Wednesday the 16th of Feb, I will be reading from my new book The Density of Compact Bone with poetry icon Les Wicks at the Sydney Poetry Lounge, The Friend In Hand Hotel, 58 Cowper St, Glebe.  Doors open at 7pm for a 730 start, and there is an open mic – come early to read your work!  RSVP or for more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/989756761899636

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Flying Island Book Launch & Benefit Show

This Saturday the 12 February at 2pm (AEDT) at The Shop Gallery in Glebe NSW, I’ll be assisting with a group launch of The 2021 Flying Islands Pocket Poetry Books. New authors include Morgan Bell, Anna Couani, Laurie Duggan, Daniel Ionita, Alan Jefferies, Brian Purcell, Jane Skelton and Sarah St Vincent Welch and the event will be simultaneously run in person and via Zoom.  RSVP/full details (including zoom link on the day) can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/253675503567825

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Poetry Corner on Casey Radio

This Sunday, 7th Feb, I’ll be a guest on Casey Radio’s inaugural “Poet’s Corner”, reading several poems from The Density of Compact Bone, and speaking with host Noonan Anne Michelle.  The show airs Sunday after the news at 5pm (AU EST) on 97.7 FM. You can listen live here: https://www.caseyradio.com.au

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This Gift, This Poem

So pleased to have a poem in this beautiful anthology This Gift, This Poem, published by Puncher & Wattmann and edited by Jean Kent, David Musgrave, Carolyn Rickett, and Jen Webb.

Copies are available here: https://puncherandwattmann.com/product/this-gift-this-poem/

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Common or Garden Poets: These Flying Islands

The Lovely Gillian Swain invited me to participate in the Common or Garden Poets initiative at These Flying Islands.  The initiative is a conversation in poetry around the garden, in its broadest sense, with the aim of creating a garden of words, voices, and visuals.  My poem is here: https://www.theseflyingislands.com/2021/12/common-or-garden-poets-8-magdalena-ball.html  

 

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5 poems in Live Encounters

Five of my poems have been published in the 12th Anniversary issue of Live Encounters.  These include “Kingfisher at Night”, “Tracks”, “Ultimate Grey”, “Hedy and Zebra” and “Crossroads”.  This is a bumper multi-part publication beautifully presented, with many wonderful poets, and I’m thrilled to be included.  To go directly to the journal click here

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Plumwood Mountain is a marvel – all of their issues are terrific and this latest, Embodied Belonging: Towards an Ecopoetic Lyric is no exception.  In addition to editor Sophie Findlay’s marvellous introduction, there are lots of gorgeous poems. I’m very happy to have a poem in this issue titled “Anatomy of a Lemon”.  You can check out the whole issue here

Plumwood Mountain Volume 8 Number 1

 

Or go straight to my poem: https://plumwoodmountain.com/anatomy-of-a-lemon/

I recommend you read the whole issue. There are amazing poems here.

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Me and Ricky in Plus 61J Media


The wonderful Miriam Hechtmann has written a piece on my uncle and me for Plus61j.  In it Ricky and I talk about each other, our shared history, how we support one another, our Judaism, our creative work and more. You can read the piece here: https://plus61j.net.au/australia/maggie-and-i-are-like-jewish-fugitives-walking-in-the-same-direction/

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