Fast Times In The Poetry Biz: Two Cities, Two Events, One Date (23 July)

As I’m sure you all know, the modern poetry business is a fast-paced affair, full of people in sharp suits and pencil skirts clustered around laptops discussing third-quarter profit projections (OK, maybe that’s just business meeting stock photography for websites).

And sometimes, that poet life requires you to be in two places at once, a feat not even T.S. Eliot could accomplish without a lot of CGI. Such is the case on Wednesday 23 July, the date of both the Sydney launch of The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry, and a poetry reading at Circadian Rhythm in Dunedin, MC’d by Shae McMillan, at which Rhian Gallagher and I are the readers.

Since I can’t be in two places at once, and have made a prior commitment to read in Dunedin, I am unable to make the Sydney launch, but my co-editor P.S. Cottier will be in attendance, as will publisher Dr David Reiter, and a number of poets represented in the anthology will also read.

Meanwhile, I’m very much looking forward to reading and hearing other poets read in Dunedin – my home town from 1976-1993, and a place I still have lots of friends.

If you can be in two places at once, or even one place at once, here are the details of those two events:

The Stars Like Sand Sydney Launch, 23 July 2014: Part of Live Poets @ Don Bank, 6 Napier St, North Sydney, 7.30pm. Here’s the Facebook event and the Facebook event description:

IT’S THE NIGHT OF THE MASKED BARDS’ BALL! (Bring one to wear if you want). KYLA LEE WARD will perform her book ‘Land of Bad Dreams’. DAVID REITER will present ‘MY PLANETS’ .There is the Sydney launch of ‘STARS LIKE SAND” Anthology of Australian Speculative Poetry, featuring many of Australia’s best – from Interactive Press.¬†Plus: Open Section – recite, sing, tell a story or play an instrument.There will be dancing in the courtyard. It’s the Warm Winter Words Festival! Doors open at 7.30 pm. $7 admission includes hot supper and drinks. Readers from the anthology come in free. Further info/bookings: Convenor Danny Gardner (02) 9896 6956 Mobile 0422 263 373 or via dannylivepoets (at)

Come and commune with our guests in the cosy confines of historic Don Bank. Why not bring a friend?

Circadian Rhythm Reading, 23 July 2014: 8-10pm, Circadian Rhythm Cafe, 72 St Andrew St, Dunedin, with MC Shae McMillan, open mike, and guest poets Rhian Gallagher and Tim Jones. Here’s the Facebook event.

5 thoughts on “Fast Times In The Poetry Biz: Two Cities, Two Events, One Date (23 July)

  1. Thanks, Helen. I might be exaggerating the fast-pacedness of the \”poet life\” a little, but I figure I should make it sound as dramatic as possible while I can!

  2. Thanks, Rachel. There's a Tardis at the bottom of our garden, but the only thing in it is a faint, lingering smell of fish fingers and custard.

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