Talking Writing: Wrighting

For our November Talking Writing, The Centre For Deep Reading will present Wrighting, an event focusing on the work of Judith Wright.

The event has two parts, an open reading zone in the day and an evening presentation featuring special guests Michael Farrell, Meredith Wattison, Peter Minter and Amanda Stewart.

The day* (starting from noon) is an informal open reading zone designed for readers who thrive on structured reading time and companionship.

The evening event (6.30-8.00pm) will feature presentations and reflections by poets and writers on Wright’s work in relation to birds, fire, the spoken voice and indigenous settler relations.

At CDR we always want to get words in the air, so there will be audio recordings of Judith Wright reading her poems, as well as a short exceprt from Frank Heimans’ film Shadow Sisters (about the friendship of Judith Wright and Oodgeroo Noonuccal).

The evening will finish with a short reading by the presenters, reading works of their own that respond, resonate, extend or reflect on Wright’s work.

Attendees are welcome to come to either section of the day seperately or attend both.

Thursday 23 November, 6.30-8.00pm

NSW Writers’ Centre, Callan Park, Rozelle

$10 for non-members, free for members

Members are also welcome to bring a guest for free




Michael Farrell is originally from Bombala, now living in Melbourne. His recent books are I Love Poetry and Cocky’s Joy (Giramondo); A Lyrebird: Selected Poems (Blazevox), and Writing Australian Unsettlement: Modes of Poetic Invention 1796-1945 (Palgrave Macmillan). He edits Flash Cove magazine: [email protected], and is currently editing a poetry feature for Plumwood Mountain.



Peter Minter is a poet, editor and writer on poetry and poetics. His many books include the award-winning Empty Texas and blue grass, and his poetry has been widely published and translated internationally, including the recent small book In the Serious Light of Nothing by the Chinese University Press Hong Kong. He was a founding editor of Cordite, co-edited the pioneering anthologies Calyx: 30 Contemporary Australian Poets and the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature, and has been the poetry editor for leading Australian journals Meanjin and Overland. He teaches Indigenous Studies, Australian literature and Creative Writing at the University of Sydney, with a focus on decoloniality, countermodernity and ecopoetics.

Amanda Stewart is a poet, author and vocal artist. She has created a diverse range of publications, performances, film and radio features, working in literature, music, broadcasting, theatre, dance and new media environments. Amanda also worked as a producer/presenter at ABC Radio for many years. She is currently working on a new book of poetry and producing a solo LP. Her selected poems, I/T, is available from


Meredith Wattison is a feminist poet and essayist. Her essays on the works of Virginia Woolf have been published in Plumwood Mountain, Cordite and Rabbit. Earliest influences were Sylvia Plath and Jack Kerouac; also Patti Smith, The Go-Betweens, Iggy Pop, Nick Cave and Rowland S. Howard. Later interests and influences are pop culture, tribal art and the work of Patrick White, regarding personal/cultural identity and non-indigenous presence in the Australian landscape.

Her 6 books of poetry are Psyche’s Circus (Poetry Australia, 1989), Judith’s Do (Penguin Australia, 1996), Fishwife, The Nihilist Line (Five Islands Press, 2001, 2003), Basket of Sunlight, commended for the 2008 Judith Wright Poetry Prize and terra bravura, shortlisted for the 2016 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize (Puncher & Wattmann, 2007, 2015). Her work appears in the 2016 anthologies, Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry and Contemporary Australian Poetry.

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