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  • the shapely and implacable foe of fundamentalism and I feel blessed to be called to write it poetry is the bane of banality Poetry is the discourse of the soul It is said that we sang before we spoke and it is the poets who keep the singing up and keep us even yet in tune Poetry this architecture of voice carries on the original literature part dance part daydream part chant part chatter part canticle It is the literature that births and rebirths all other literatures perhaps all art And yet poetry itself is such a small art its only instruments the voice and the line It is slow and most of it is silence and rhythm Poetry remembers moments and makes them enormous said Francis Webb It is the one night stand that lasts ten thousand nights When we forget poetry we forget who we are and how that sounds and how that feels and why that matters here on the inside when we fall out of poetry we forget where we are this world of places each as mysterious and endless as we are to each other Prizes like this remind everyone even those who never met a poem they could trust that this is still a society despite appearances that values the work poetry performs in our hearts and heads this is still a society even if it doesn t know it that dies a little each day for want of the news that poems tell The West Australian Premier s Book Award for poetry is one of the nation s major literary prizes and I am thrilled to receive it for Fire Diary my tenth book but only my first book of poems And I m sorry not to be a here to accept it Suddenly poetry is everywhere all at once and the Australian Poetry the brand new peak body chose this weekend for its inaugural national symposium in Newcastle starting tonight with the announcement of the Newcastle Poetry Prize So it s from a podium at the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery that I send my apologies and thanks to you through my friend and fellow poet Mags Webster First my congratulations to the other shortlisted poets Poetry is prospering in Australia even if no one but poets can be made to believe it Among the makers of the best contemporary poetry are Carolyn Caddy Jennifer Harrison and David Musgrave and I feel honoured to stand beside them on this shortlist David is also my publisher and his press Puncher Wattmann deserves recognition for the risk taking work they re pulling off to keep poetry new and to keep it alive in these tone deaf times What a charged and conflicted moment for David then when he took the call that told him he had not won this prize but that one of his authors had giving Puncher Wattmann its first big prize So hard luck Dave and thanks to you and your designer

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  • I did with Sandra Hogan It appears in Perilous Adventures 11 03 Here s the link http perilousadventures net 1103 TredinnickIntervieew html I found myself saying more about my childhood and first marriage and strange and prosy journey toward poetry I reflect at length on my writing practice and the irreconcilable if beautiful breakdown many of us have to manage between family and work artistic work in particular If I

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  • We don t have many journals of national and international importance left and we are losing them fast Island is not only a journal for Tasmanian writers It is one of the three or four places new and established writers would most want to see their new work published and readers would want to read it Island serves Tasmania not just by giving Tasmanian writers a place to get published it serves Tasmania by being one of the best and coolest little magazines in the world I would have thought that worth funding Literature poetry in particular keeps the language fresh and thinking straight and deep it redeems the language form the uses to which we put it to some extent have to put it in our daily lives in the market place and the forum It models the kind of humanity and clarity of speech we could do with in Australia right now when public discourse has become about as meagre and as shrill as it has been in my lifetime Ironically the September issue of Island includes my essay The Lyric Stance an argument for more musicality more play and tuneful attentiveness to Australian geographies in the prose that we write Literary journals online and on paper are the places where such writing can chiefly be published and modelled And Island has always been chief among them We all need Island more than we realise All literature is a stay against banality and tyranny and groupthink Island as a leading literary journal one of the few we have and the only one Tasmania has improves us all as people as island dwellers as citizens of the world Two other leading journals have lost government support in recent times Heat and Indigo Island matters at least as much more

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  • David Musgrave s Phantom Limb Jennifer Maiden s Pirate Rain Kate Lilley s Selected Poems of Dorothy Hewett I m proud to keep that kind of company David Musgrave is my publisher a nice plot point We don t find out who s won till September but to have Read More Reading at Harold Park Hotel Monday 11 July Published Tuesday June 28 2011 Label Roberta Lowing has put together a fabulous line up this year for Poetry Unlimited s reading series at the madeover Harold Park Hotel in Glebe And I m up next I m the guest poet Monday 11 July My reading is followed by an open mic which I judge so come along and bring a poem It s a free event Kick off s 6 30 I read at seven We close at 8 30 The Harold s at the corner of Wigram and Ross Streets Glebe 9660 4745 I ll read from Fire Diary The Lyrebird and some new work Read More Cowshed Classes 2011 Published Thursday June 09 2011 Label I m delighted to announce two creative writing workshops in the cowshed in the second half of 2011 17 18 September 2011 CREATIVE WRITING MASTERCLASS An inspiring weekend intensive that allows writers to explore techniques of imagination and composition recharge their creativity and make some progress on a manuscript poetry non fiction or fiction For writers of all levels Ten till five Saturday and Sunday 450 plus GST 5 6 November 2011 POETRY IN THE COWSHED A gentle crash course in poetic form and technique for beginning poets and an opportunity Read More Melbourne Launch of Fire Diary 27 May 2011 Published Friday May 06 2011 Label Gregory Day author most recently of The Grand Hotel bard and fisherman will launch Fire Diary

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  • The Blue Plateau just came out in Terrain com http www terrain org essays 24 tredinnick htm The Blue Plateau comes out in the US in October Milkweed Read More Cormac McCarthy without the bloodshed Published Tuesday August 18 2009 Label I don t think a writer really writes for anyone or even for anything Writing is how I feel called to respond to the world how I return to the world the gift of itself It is my side of a conversation about the way things really are It s how someone older than myself opens his mouth and cries and prays and kinda joins the choir Still and all it s good to know that someone s listening Here s a note that arrived this morning in my inbox Phil Harmer the brother of this reader was a creative writing student of mine Read More The entrails Published Saturday November 24 2007 Label Poems We woke to white feathers under the orange tree and the door of the coop aghast Our last two hens those yogis martyred Unhappy auguries on polling day All morning the weather mumbled its sombre oracles I d like to hope the birds were the last thing we had to lose to pay for deliverance tonight But only the saved are certain It turns out the fox just got lucky and the chooks are just dead and none of this is a metaphor for anything Read More The Other Pieces Published Monday October 29 2007 Label Poems I pick up a rock on the lakeshore a riverstone the glacier left now cleft perfectly down the middle a notch at one end This is how one feels half a self bereft We are here perhaps to look for the rest of who we are and

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  • our predecessors You can hear some of us read from our work I am flattered by the company I keep Read More Milkweed Edition Published Sunday October 25 2009 Label The Blue Plateau is out now in North America My copies arrived last week from my publisher Milkweed Editions They ve made a lovely job of the book It s a joy to be out and about in the wider world Read More CD Baby Published Sunday October 25 2009 Label My wonderful publisher Carol Jenkins has just lodged my CD The Road South on the website CD Baby https www cdbaby com cd tredinnick It s a cool site you can download tracks from my collection there Take a look Read More Spangled sentences Published Wednesday October 07 2009 Label The Blue Plateau has published this week in the United States Thank you Daniel and Patrick and Jessica and everyone at Milkweed Just in time Donna Seaman s glowing review appears on Booklist October 15 Here s some of it Tredinnick s mission in this strikingly beautiful testimony to the power of place is to convey the texture and ambiance of the Blue Plateau and his spangled sentences glide

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  • year s Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize See the entry below for details Recent News Why Write A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes the Landscape flame and sing Whose common wealth is this anyway Not Even in Someone Else s Backyard True Story Loneliness and creativity US Reading Tour for The Blue Plateau and Fire Diary March to April 2011

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  • in Bowral from 19 June to 2 July this year Roland s work is beautiful Come and see it Recent News Why Write A Poet s Guide to Climate Change Margaret River Sestets wins the Cardiff Poetry Prize 2012 Makes the Landscape flame and sing Whose common wealth is this anyway Not Even in Someone Else s Backyard True Story Loneliness and creativity US Reading Tour for The Blue Plateau

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