New from Jean Kent

A shadow box on a sitting room wall; a hat box hiding a wedding dress and a kit bag; a hallstand decorated with hand-carved kurrajong leaves… In such leftovers from other lives, these poems began.

The Shadow Box is a book-length sequence of poems inspired by the experiences of my maternal grandparents, George and Jean Campbell, during and shortly after World War I. From their marriage a month before George left for war, through four years of separation—broken briefly by a six month visit by Jean to him in Egypt—the poems attempt to recreate their daily lives on different sides of the world. They draw on George’s diary and Jean’s letters to him, as well as my own imagination, to celebrate a family history which is both a cameo of another time, and strangely resonant with challenges in our world today.

The Shadow Box will launch at the Newcastle Writers Festival on Sunday April 2nd, 1.30-2.30pm.

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Pitt Street Poetry was founded by Linsay and John Knight in 2012 as an imprint of the boutique publishing company Entirely Beautiful Books
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Our Sydney-based poetry imprint uses a judicious mix of traditional and contemporary technologies to publish reprints of classic Australian poetry and a selective new list, which now includes poets from Australia, the UK and the USA. Learn more.

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Our poetry books have twice won the Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry (in 2014 and 2017) and have won or been shortlisted for an encouraging variety of other poetry prizes.
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Sydney launch for Sarah Day’s “Slack Tide”

Roaring Stories Balmain is proud to celebrate the Sydney launch of Slack Tide, Sarah Day’s ninth collection of poems published by Pitt St Poetry on Tuesday 11 April from 7pm. @roaring_stories #australianpoets #pittstreetpoetry #psp #sarahdaypoetry Booking details can be found here

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Launching at Newcastle Writers Festival

Jean Kent’s latest collection The Shadow Box will launch at the Newcastle Writers Festival on Sunday April 2nd, 1.30-2.30pm. This book is fresh from the printers and you can purchase copies from our online store.

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