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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Dymocks Dead Poets Society: Philip Larkin presented by Bruce Greenhalgh

SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you our Dead Poets Society tribute to

Philip Larkin featuring Bruce Greenhalgh live at

Dymocks Adelaide 

135 Rundle Mall, Adelaide

Thursday, 23rd march, 2017, 6:00 – 8:30 pm.

Find out how a publicity shy librarian and poet became a controversial figure. Find out what your parents did wrong …

Remember it’s FREE ENTRY. A selection of poetic works by Larkin will be available for sale.

There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Philip Larkin and one of your own that reflects his influence on you. For more about more about Larkin and his work, click here.

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Dymocks Dead Poets Society – Kate Bristow in tribute to Leonard Cohen, Thursday 16th February

SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you the start of the new season for the Dead Poets Society monthly event at

Dymocks Adelaide

135 Rundle Mall Adelaide

6:00 – 8:30 pm Thursday 16th February.

2017 will kick off with our tribute to Leonard Cohen.

Leonard Norman Cohen (September 21, 1934 – November 7, 2016) was a Canadian singer, songwriter, musician, poet, novelist, and painter. His work mostly explored religion, politics, isolation, sexuality, and personal relationships. Cohen pursued a career as a poet and novelist during the 1950s and early 1960s, and did not launch a music career until 1967, at the age of 33. www.leonardcohen.com

Ironically we had selected Cohen as our poet in October last year prior to his sudden and sad demise.

Presenting her tribute to Leonard will be local poet and author, Kate Bristow. Kate has been an English teacher for 40 years, a member of Friendly Street Poets for 15 and is currently a member of the Tea Tree Gully Writers group.

Remember it’s FREE ENTRY.

A selection of poetic works will be available for sale; in particular Book of Longing from Cohen.

There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Leonard Cohen and one of your own that reflects his influence on you.

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Dymocks Dead Poets Society tribute to Tupac Shakur featuring Sam Ghamrawi: 17th November

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SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you another amazing Dead Poets Society monthly event at Dymocks Adelaide, Rundle Mall Adelaide.

Thursday, 17th November, 2016, 6:00 – 8:00 pm

Local performer Sam Ghamrawi will present both his own material and that of our tribute poet Tupac Shakur.

FREE ENTRY.

A selection of poetic works from Tupac and Sam will be for sale.

There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Tupac Shakur and one of your own that reflects his influence on you.

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Dymocks “Dead Poets Society” returns with Valerie Volk reading Bruce Dawe

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SPOKEN WORD SA proudly brings you another amazing Dead Poets Society monthly event at Dymocks Adelaide.

Rundle Mall, Adelaide, Thursday 20th October, 6:00pm – 8:30pm.

Local poet Valerie Volk will be performing both her own material and that of our tribute poet,  Bruce Dawe.

 

FREE ENTRY.

A selection of both poets works will be for sale. There is an open mic, where you can read a poem by Bruce Dawe and one of your own that reflects his influence on you.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruce_Dawe

http://www.valerievolk.com.au/index.php/about