Australian Poetry Centre

It’s an impressive sounding name, but if the launch of the Australian Poetry Centre last night is any guide, it should live up to it.

Located in a beautiful 19th century mansion in St. Kilda called Glenfern, the Australian Poetry Centre looks to become a centre for poetry in Victoria, and indeed Australia.

At the launch last night Chris Wallace-Crabbe spoke about the vision of the APC and there were readings by John Clarke, Francesca Haig and Dorothy Porter.

Clarke read a series of very funny poems based on the premise that most of the world’s great poetry has been stolen from Australia, Francesca Haig read a series of haunting love poems from her first book of poetry, Bodies of Water (FIP) and Dorothy Porter read sections from her most recent verse novel, El Dorado. (Picador 2007)

The wine flowed and the conversation spilled out of the old drawing room on to the front veranda and into the garden as well.

Funded at least partly by the Copyright Agency Limited, and supported by an enthusiastic board led by Melbourne poet, Professor Chris Wallace-Crabbe, the APC aims to

  • strengthen the presence and profile of Australian poetry within Australia and overseas
  • promote the writing, reading, and appreciation of poetry as an integral part of personal and community life

Australian Poetry Centre

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