Launching in late September

Slack Tide by Sarah Day

Slack tide is the turning point when a body of tidal water can seem uncertain as to whether it is coming in or going out. While surface water may be deceptively calm at this time, below the surface huge divergent forces are at work.

In the title of Sarah Day’s ninth collection the erm is an expression of twenty-first century unease. World events and global forces are an oblique presence in much of this collection in whose poems private and public disturb one another’s space and boundaries.

Sarah will be joined in conversation by poet and essayist, Pete Hay.

Thursday 29 September, 5.30pm. RACV Hotel, 154-156 Collins Street, Hobart.

For tickets and further information, click here.

Finalists in the Montreal Poetry Prize

News just in: two Pitt Street Poets – John Foulcher and Anthony Lawrence – are finalists in the Montreal Poetry Prize. Warmest congrats to you both!

With participants from more than 100 countries, this biennial prize is one of the world’s most keenly sought after and prestigious. At CA$20,000 it is also the richest for an individual poem.

The first Montreal prize in 2011 was won by Aussie poet Mark Tredinnick. His winning poem ‘Walking Underwater’ is the title poem of a recent PSP collection. You can buy it and recent collections from both John Foulcher and Anthony Lawrence at the PSP on line bookshop.

‘101 Poems’ book launch 28th August

Poet Peter Frankis launched Ron Pretty’s 101 POEMS at the South Coast Writers Centre at Coledale NSW on Sunday 28th August.

Ron led the large audience through a colourful account of his life and times, pausing for Peter to read poems from every stage of his storied poetic career.

A landmark collection of ‘greatest hits’ from one of Australian poetry’s enduring masters.

‘Ordinary Time’ book launch 18th August 2022

‘A memorable night of cake and laughter and poetry at the Royal Oak in Balmain as the legendary Judith Beveridge launches Ordinary Time by Anthony Lawrence and Audrey Molloy.   Warm thanks to Dan Jordon and Roaring Stories bookshop for hosting the event.  Watch the whole show on YouTube real soon now, and buy the book here!

Available this week

Save the date!

Sunday, August 28
South Coast Writers Centre, Coledale

Ron Pretty has been writing and publishing poetry for more than 50 years. In that time he has featured in many journals and anthologies, published 15 books and chapbooks and read his poetry in Australia, UK, USA and Europe. From 1973 to 2007 he ran Five Islands Press and published 230 books by Australian poets during that time.

On August 28 he will launch his new and selected collection, called 101 Poems at the South Coast Writers Centre in Coledale on August 28. The book is published by Pitt Street Poetry. It contains a selection of the best poems from his earlier collections, plus a selection of new poems. It will be his last published collection.

Peter Francis will be MC. Entry is free and refreshments will be provided. The RRP for 101 Poems is $32.00, but it will be sold at the launch for $25.00.

I hope to see you there!
Ron Pretty