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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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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Love in transmission on the airwaves

The Love in Transmission, Vessels of Love project was featured on Eastside Arts Friday radio show, produced and presented by PoetrySydney‘s Angela Stretch, with The Salons‘ directors, Angie, Joan and Penny providing background on the project, it’s noir aesthetics, and how they pulled it all together along with several readings from ‘the poets’, which included me, Albert Lin, Ali Whitelock, Gillian Swain, Luke Patterson, Paris Rosemont and Richard James Allen.  You can listen to the show now in the archive here: https://eastsidefm.org/episodes/1708644600/

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I am pleased to have been invited to submit a new poem to this month’s FemAsia Magazine. “Dikarya” is a type of fungi. A link to the poem follows.


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Vessels of Love is live

The Salons/PoetrySydney project of Love in Transmission is now live and I’m delighted to be one of the seven poets who have participated in this beautiful project.  There are all sorts of fun, poetic, beautiful things taking place in Sydney and online over the next few days including recordings and video poems, visual art cards and the famous phone poem both available at the Gleebooks pop-up shop on the corner of Glebe Point Rd and St Johns Rd in Glebe.  It’s all about love and we could all use a bit more of that.  Check it out including my amazing co-poets Albert Lin, Ali Whitelock, Gillian Swain, Richard James Allen, Luke Patterson, and Paris Rosemont here: https://www.thesalons.org/love-in-transmission

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