Poetry Reading and Writing Workshop

Poetry Reading and Poetry Writing workshop
Bealtaine Festival 2013
Wednesday, 15 May at 1.10pm

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Join Australian poets, Diane Fahey and Ali Cobby Eckermann for a poetry reading   (1.10pm - 2pm) followed by a  poetry writing workshop from (2.30pm  – 3.45pm).


No need to book, just drop-in on the day.

Diane Fahey grew up in Melbourne, and has also lived in Adelaide, London and Colchester. She now lives in Clifton Springs on the Bellarine Peninsula in south-eastern Victoria. Diane's poetry features both distinctively Australian, and European settings and preoccupations. She has written individual poetry collections on Greek myths, fairy tales, and insects. The poetry of place and nature writing, with a special emphasis on birds are abiding creative concerns.

Diane has been chosen, along with Ali Cobby Eckermann, for the Australian Poetry International Tour to Ireland in 2013, funded by the Literature Board of the Australia Council.


Ali Cobby Eckermann is a celebrated poet and writer. She lives in Koolunga, South Australia, where she has established an Aboriginal writer’s retreat. Ali has won several awards including First Prize in ATSI Survival Poetry competition in 2006, First Prize Dymocks Red Earth Poetry Award NT in 2008, and was Highly Commended for the Marion Eldridge Award in 2009. She has performed at prominent literary festivals in Australia and also overseas, including Ubud  Writers & Readers Festival in Bali in 2010 and Reaching the World Asia Pacific Summit in Bangkok in 2012 and has published poetry collections, verse novels and her poetic memoir, Too Afraid To Cry, is being released in 2013.

The National Library takes part each year in Age and Opportunity’s Bealtaine Festival. The Festival takes place in May and celebrates creativity in older people. There are lots of free info sessions on offer throughout May to celebrate Bealtaine.

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