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PERTH POERTY CLUB, founded early last year by local poet and writer Janet Jackson, hosts poetry
readings and performances every Saturday afternoon (from 2-4pm) at the Moon cafe in William Street,
Northbridge. Around 40 people regularly turn up to listen to a featured guest poet perform or read,
followed by an open mic session where other poets have a chance to test their wares in front of an
audience and enjoy a coffee and a chat as well. Janet’s website proximitypoetry.com has links to several
Perth poetry events around Perth. Mail email@example.com or call 0406 624 578 for more details.
IN A BIT OF BAD NEWS for Perth’s literati, the journal Indigo will not be published after volume 6 in
December. In nearly three years of life, Indigo has become a great forum for essayists, short-story writers
and poets to have work published and widely distributed in the WA community. But having been unable to
secure funding from the Department of Culture and the Arts, or a host organisation to permanently house
the journal, and with several setbacks (including having their offices flooded in March), Indigo has had to
shut up shop. Managing Editor Donna Ward is still trying to rally support and has urged people to write to
Arts Minister John Day, DCA Director General Allanah Lucas and The West Australian newspaper to protest
about the lack of funding support for a WA journal.
The suite of recent books for children by WA authors all
have an Aboriginal theme. With dreamtime tales and
original stories by Aboriginal writers, they introduce
children to great Aboriginal traditions of storytelling,
set in a familiar landscape (no annoying bunnies
bouncing through beech copses here). Fremantle Press
has released the third pair of books in the Waarda
series (The Magic Fair by Sally Morgan and Barlay!
by Cheryl Kickett-Tucker, $9.95 each), designed not
only to introduce us to some great stories but to
encourage literacy in Aboriginal children as well. Freo
has also released a charming new book by acclaimed
children’s author and illustrator Ambelin Kwaymullina,
How Frogmouth Found her Home, $24.95. Broome’s
Magabala Books has released Scaly-tailed Possum
and Echidna, $12.95, a dreamtime tale recounted by
Cathy Goonack with beautiful silk-painting illustrations.
Dead Man’s Gold by Michael Torres (Magabala Books,
$19.95) is also a great adventure tale for kids, set in
northern WA and beautifully illustrated by Sharyn Egan.
FOR THE KIDS
Wildflower Country: Discovering Biodiversity in
Australia’s South-West, by Stanley and Kaisa Breeden (Fremantle
Press, $75). The photographs in this book of mostly familiar flowers
and plants will mean you’ll never look at them the same way again.
They’re stunning. Stan is an Emmy-award winning documentary
maker and Kaisa a talented graphic designer, and the pair explain
the unique conditions in WA that have created this amazing
biodiversity. Imagine how great these pictures will look big. Images
from Wildflower Country will feature in an outdoor biodiversity
exhibition at the 2010 Kings Park Festival from September 1. Visit the
Kings Park website at kingsparkfestival.com.au.
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