Dymocks Dead Poets Society: John Keats presented by David Mortimer



Thursday October 19th.

6:00 – 8:30pm

Dymocks, Rundle Mall.

The poetry slam is done so time to get back to the Dead Poets Society, specifically the English Romantic poet John Keats.

This month our tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, David Mortimer.

Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from John Keats and one of your own influenced by the artist.

John Keats (31 October 1795 – 23 February 1821) was an English Romantic poet. He was one of the main figures of the second generation of Romantic poets, along with Lord Byron and Percy Bysshe Shelley, despite his works having been in publication for only four years before his death at age 25 in the year 1821. (Wikipedia).

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Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”: DH Lawrence featuring Val Braendler

Perhaps better known for his fiction, D.H. Lawrence still has a vast collection of published poetry. This month our tribute will be presented by Adelaide based poet, Val Braendler.

Dymocks Adelaide

135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Thursday, 24th August, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Free entry
Book raffle

And a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from D.H. Lawrence and one of your own influenced by the artist.

David Herbert Lawrence (11 September 1885 – 2 March 1930) was an English novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter. His collected works represent, among other things, an extended reflection upon the dehumanising effects of modernity and industrialisation. Some of the issues Lawrence explores are sexuality, emotional health, vitality, spontaneity, and instinct.

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Dymocks “Dead Poets Society”: Carol Ann Duffy featuring Alison Flett

Another living poet this month: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy presented by Adelaide based poet Alison Flett. And as an added bonus Alison will also be touching on the work of a very connected poet, and also a Poet Laureate Jackie Kay.

Dymocks, Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Thursday, 20th July, 6:00 – 8:30pm

Free entry, book raffle, and a limited open mic where you can perform one poem from Carol Ann Duffy (or Jackie Kay) and one of your own influenced by the artist.

Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE FRSL (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain’s Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position. Her collections include Standing Female Nude (1985), winner of a Scottish Arts Council Award; Selling Manhattan (1987), which won a Somerset Maugham Award; Mean Time (1993), which won the Whitbread Poetry Award; and Rapture (2005), winner of the T. S. Eliot Prize. Her poems address issues such as oppression, gender, and violence in an accessible language that has made them popular in schools. – Wikipedia

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Dymocks ‘Dead Poets Society’ open mic tribute to Sylvia Plath: Thursday, 22nd June

Dymocks Adelaide

Rundle Mall

Thursday, 22nd June, 6:30 – 8:30 pm


Sylvia Plath was one of the very first poets paid tribute to at Dymocks Dead Poets Society.

But we have had so much interest in her work and so many requests that we are going to go again! And in a new first for the event,due to her popularity, we will be foregoing the guest poet this time around. It will be ALL open mic – by the fans, for the fans.

Each open mic spot is to be one Sylvia Plath poem and one poem that you yourself have written as influenced by Plath.


Book Raffle

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Dymocks Dead Poets Society: Rupi Kaur featuring Heather McGinn

Thursday 18th May 2017

6:00 – 9:00 pm

Dymocks Adelaide, 135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide.


Another living poet for our tribute this month!

Rupi Kaur is a writer and artist based inToronto, Canada. At the age of 5 she began to draw and paint – a hobby picked up from her mother. Being an immigrant from India, she was unable to speak in English with the other children at school. This naturally meant a lot more time alone. But once she picked up the language, books became her best friends.

She drew until the age of 17 when she began to sway more toward her passion for writing and performing instead. The year was 2009 and her first performance was in the basement of ‘Punjabi Community Health Centre’ in Malton. For years it went like this: writing pages and pages of poetry on end; performing pages and pages of poetry across canada for the years to come; and then in november 2014, she self published her first collection titled ‘Milk and Honey’.

Her passion is expression. She just uses different mediums at different times to do so and poetry is just one of those mediums. Along with it she dabbles in illustrating, design, photography, videography, and creative direction. It’s a career that’s led her to performing spoken word across the world while also facilitating writing workshops. But all her work engages with themes of femininity, love, loss, trauma, and healing. At times, it is a composition of personal tales and in others, the experiences she encounters through life and travel.

Heather McGinn is a poet and musician based in Adelaide, South Australia. Her work centres around the themes of memory, beauty, and relationships. Heather has been a feature spoken word performer for Paroxysm Press and enjoys collaborating with other artists.

Free admission. Open mic if you read a poem by the tribute poet as well as one of your inspired by her.

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Dymock’s Dead Poets Society: Sharon Olds featuring Nikki Baumann

Thursday, April 20th 2017, 6:00pm – 9:00pm

Dymocks Adelaide, 135 Rundle Street, Adelaide.

A living poet this month: the work of Pulitzer Prize winner Sharon Olds presented by Nikki Baumann.

Sharon Olds, (born November 19, 1942, San Francisco, California, U.S.), is an American poet best known for her powerful, often erotic, imagery of the body and her examination of the family. Olds grew up in San Francisco, the daughter of an abusive, alcoholic father and a weak, compliant mother; her anger at her parents would influence her poetry. She studied at Stanford University (B.A., 1964) and at Columbia University (Ph.D., 1972). Thereafter she taught poetry at numerous schools and in workshops. She was awarded a Guggenheim fellowship for her work in 1981.

Olds’s first collection, Satan Says (1980), describes her early sexual life in frank language. The book was praised as a daring, auspicious debut. In The Dead and the Living (1984), which received several major poetry awards, she refined her poetic voice. Her poems honouring the dead encompass both family members and victims of political violence; those addressed to the living continue to examine the life of the body. She further developed this theme in The Gold Cell (1987). The poet presents arguments against her parents’ marriage in “I Go Back to May 1937” and explores their relationship in other poems in the collection. The Matter of This World: New and Selected Poems (1987) and The Father (1992) continue her intimate meditations—free of bitterness and self-pity—on her own life, as does The Wellspring (1996), a collection of poems treating marital and parental relationships. Olds’s later collections include Blood, Tin, Straw (1999), The Unswept Room (2002), One Secret Thing (2008), and Stag’s Leap (2012). The latter volume, for which she was awarded both the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Pulitzer Prize, chronicles the 1997 dissolution of her marriage.

Remember it’s FREE ENTRY!

There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Sharon Olds and one of your own that reflects her influence on you.

A selection of poetic works will be available for sale.

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