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 Janis Bailey, Michael Farrell, and Peter Minter.

The day (starting from noon) will be informal open reading zone designed for and offered to 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 activism, indigenous settler relations, birds and literary community.

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




Janis Bailey has worked as a practitioner and academic in the field of industrial relations. She has a background in the arts (especially community theatre). She helped instigate The Calanthe Collective on Tamborine Mountain in 2015. The Collective uses Judith Wright’s work as a springboard to celebrate poetry, philosophy, arts, the environment, activism, being human and alive, and Tamborine Mountain as a place of peace and beauty. Janis wrote the play Hearts Ablaze, based on letters between Judith and her partner Jack McKinney, which has had two seasons on the Mountain, and a professional reading at the Judith Wright Centre in Brisbane.


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.

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