Late Night Festival Poets @ Hadley’s

Hadley's Orient Hotel 16 September, 2017 20:30 - 21:30

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Jessica Wilkinson
Omar Sakr
Kristen Lang
Michael Stratford Hutch
Karen Knight
Pete Hay
Toby Fitch
Cameron Hindrum

Over two nights, 11 local and interstate poets will perform at Hadley’s in partnership with Australian Poetry.

Saturday night features Jessica Wilkinson, Omar Sakr, Kristen Lang, Michael Stratford Hutch, Pete Hay and Toby Fitch with MC Cameron Hindrum.

Jessica Wilkinson is a poet, essayist, critic, editor and performer whose works include marionette: a biography of miss marion davies, and Suite for Percy Grainger. She is currently writing a poetic biography on the life of choreographer George Balanchine. Jessica teaches Creative Writing at RMIT University and is the founding editor of Rabbit: a journal for nonfiction poetry.

Omar Sakr is an Arab-Australian poet whose debut collection of poetry, These Wild Houses, was released in 2017. His poetry has been published in English, Arabic and Spanish in numerous journals and anthologies. He is also the poetry editor of The Lifted Brow.

Kristen Lang writes in North West Tasmania, near Sheffield. She has published SkinNotes (Walleah Press, 2017) and, forthcoming, The Weight of Light (Five Islands Press, 2017). Her earlier publication, Let me show you a ripple, includes both poetry and photography and followed in part from her PhD, awarded by Deakin University in 2004. She won the ACU Prize for Poetry in 2015 and was awarded second place in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize in 2017.

Michael Stratford Hutch is an emerging writer, artist, and musician. They have been published in Island Magazine, PLATFORM Magazine, Voiceworks and Picton Grange Quarterly Review. They were the Highly Commended recipient of the John Marsden / Hachette  Young Australian Writers’ Prize (U18 Poetry) in 2014, was shortlisted again for the award in 2015 (18–24 Poetry), and was the recipient of the inaugural Tasmanian Writers’ Centre Hot Desk Residency in 2016. They live and work between Hobart and Sydney.

Karen Knight has been widely published and anthologised since the early 1960’s. She has written four collections of poetry, her most recent Postcards from the Asylum (Pardalote Press, 2008) has won some major awards i.e. 2005 Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship Award which included a three week residency in Scotland funded by Varuna-The Writers House, NSW and UNESCO City of Literature, Edinburgh.

Pete Hay is a Tasmanian poet, scholar and activist who has published six volumes of poetry; one of these as editor, and one, Last Days of the Mill, in collaboration with a visual artist (this book won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Tasmanian Book Prize). His most recent books of poetry are Girl Reading Lorca (Picaro, 2015) and Physick (Shoestring, 2016). He also writes personal essays (collected in 2002 as Vandiemonian Essays, with a second volume planned for 2017), commentary (including a stint as a newspaper columnist), and history.

Toby Fitch Toby Fitch is poetry editor of Overland and program director for the Australian Poets Festival. His books include Rawshock, which won the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry 2012, Jerilderies and, most recently, The Bloomin’ Notions of Other & Beau (Vagabond 2016). He lives in Sydney.

Cameron Hindrum is a writer, poet, playwright and teacher, based in Launceston. Since 2003, he has coordinated the annual Tasmanian Poetry Festival, and for nearly 20 years he has organised spoken word events, readings, literary events and poetry slams for a variety of organisations, including the Australian Poetry Slam, Tasmanian Living Writers Week, the Tasmanian Writers Centre and the Junction Arts Festival.


$15.00 General  |  $10.00 Member / Concession / Student

Online ticket sales will be cut off from Friday 15 September at 2.00pm. Remaining tickets will be available for purchase at the door.