Save the date for this upcoming Thursday

Join us at The Cultural Hub as John Foulcher launches THE BLUE COCKTAIL and WALKING THE BOUNDARY.

Thursday 29th February at 6.00pm

The Cultural Hub, Woollahra Gallery at Redleaf

548 New South Head Rd, Double Bay NSW 2028

In this new collection Damen O’Brien’s focus roams from worlds we know all too well to worlds we don’t know at all, from the home life of the man who repairs electric chairs to a cheeky sonnet for the tardigrade, trekking the boundaries of life, love, death and the afterlife, with a cameo from the Devil’s wife. Viperous vignettes of the animal kingdom, sharp snapshots of political passions. The unifying factor is his distinctive, wry, gentle voice, a voice which has seduced poetry prize judges the world over. There is always something unexpected, something to send your thoughts in a new direction in a Damen poem. Pitt Street Poetry is delighted to welcome him aboard.

Audrey Molloy’s second collection probes ideas of home across her native Ireland and Australia, where she now lives. The ‘pure sheen’ of a horse chestnut makes way for the ‘minty scent’ of gum trees in her adopted home where the sea is reassuringly familiar but plants are often not what they seem:

You are my ocean—

  blue cocktail of salt and sediment—


  but you are not my leaf.

In a dazzling variety of forms, these poems reflect Molloy’s transnational identity as an Irish woman living in Australia and the tension and dialogue that exists between two cultures. One part memory, two parts love letter to the sea, with dashes of longing, sass and a nip of melancholia, The Blue Cocktail is strange, sexy and intoxicating.

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