Crossings Launch

 

Crossings Launch

Last night was the local launch for Crossings right here at my library – who were fantastic and very supportive. I had a blast (despite the pressure of performing dialogue!) and hope everyone who came along did too 🙂

Thanks again to everyone who attended and helped out and to those who grabbed a copy of Crossings (or any of my other books for that matter) and if you weren’t able to make it – you can still buy a paperback via the link above or by contacting me here!

 

between giants – blog launch – day five

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Welcome to the last day of my blog launch!

It’s been five days of poetry, poetry, poetry and I’m grateful to everyone who visited, commented, contacted me or ordered the book, and I’m most definitely grateful to Graham, Jane, Robbie and Mark, along with Alec Patric and also Stephen Matthews from Ginninderra Press whose fantastic work is reflected in each detail of my latest book.

I’d also like to thank my wonderful wife, Brooke, for supporting me during the launch, the composition and editing of the poetry, and for every day we have together. Thank you.

Today I’ve got two pieces to share, hope you enjoy them – one is a mixture of the performance and ‘making of’ the poem ‘through the backyard’ and the other is an audio version of ‘Vesuvius sleeping.’

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blog launch prizes, deals and offers

between giants is available for $18 (postage paid in Aus) by contacting me directly, just leave a comment below and I will e-mail you. You can also order through publisher Ginninderra, click here to purchase via Paypal. I’d love your support and it would be fantastic to have you visit again and let me know what you thought of the poetry.

During launch week you can also purchase my previous titles at reduced prices, along with a ‘book pack’ option including all four of my collections for $40 postage paid (in Aus).

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) - $15

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) – $15

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) - 2for$5

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) – 2for$5

pollen and the storm (2008) - $10

pollen and the storm (2008) – $10

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There is also a ‘Giveaway’ for those of you on Goodreads, which is free to enter, all you have to do is click here!

Poetry Critique Offer

For anyone interested in getting constructive criticism on their poetry, I’m also offering to look at up to five poems free of charge, if you leave a comment or e-mail me. (I have qualifications in Editing and an Honours Degree in Writing, along with four poetry collections and in addition to this I have been editing poetry journals/publications for the last ten years – most recently working as poetry editor for page seventeen since issue eight).

In the days to come there will be new performances and surprises from my ‘vault’ so stick around, there’s still more poetry to come in a big last day!

between giants – blog launch – day four

Next up is a double hit of audio, on the second last day of the blog launch, with ‘Stillness’ performed by Robbie Coburn and ‘St Mark’s Square’ read by Mark William Jackson.

Check them out below

Poet and performer Robbie’s first poetry collection, Human Batteries, both eloquent and experimental, was released just last year and features the fantastic ‘Love Poem,’ which you can check out here and then why not read up on what’s behind the chapbook in my interview with Robbie.

Mark is a Sydney poet whose work has appeared in leading journals and anthologies such as Going Down Swinging, Cordite and Best Australian Poems – he’s also a fantastic spoken word artist – check out these two – and gave me a real thrill when he took between giants all the way to Saint Mark’s Square in Venice while on holiday! Thanks to both Mark and Robbie, I definitely owe you both!

Reading Ashley Capes in Piazza San Marco, Venice

blog launch prizes, deals and offers

between giants is available for $18 (postage paid in Aus) by contacting me directly, just leave a comment below and I will e-mail you. You can also order through publisher Ginninderra, click here to purchase via Paypal. I’d love your support and it would be fantastic to have you visit again and let me know what you thought of the poetry.

During launch week you can also purchase my previous titles at reduced prices, along with a ‘book pack’ option including all four of my collections for $40 postage paid (in Aus).

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) - $15

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) – $15

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) - 2for$5

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) – 2for$5

pollen and the storm (2008) - $10

pollen and the storm (2008) – $10

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There is also a ‘Giveaway’ for those of you on Goodreads, which is free to enter, all you have to do is click here!

Poetry Critique Offer

For anyone interested in getting constructive criticism on their poetry, I’m also offering to look at up to five poems free of charge, if you leave a comment or e-mail me. (I have qualifications in Editing and an Honours Degree in Writing, along with four poetry collections and in addition to this I have been editing poetry journals/publications for the last ten years – most recently working as poetry editor for page seventeen since issue eight).

In the days to come there will be new performances and surprises from my ‘vault’ so stick around, there’s still more poetry to come in a big last day!

between giants – blog launch – day three

The next performance from between giants is of ‘Now in the Night,’ by Tasmanian poet Jane Williams.

Jane is the author of five poetry volumes and a short story collection, her latest being City of Possibilities, which is an exciting mix of verse and haibun, but here’s one of my favourite pieces from an earlier collection (The Last Tourist) – ‘How the heart works.’ I’m in Jane’s debt for her wonderful performance and I have no hesitation recommending her for when you’re next browsing for poetry.

blog launch prizes, deals and offers

between giants is available for $18 (postage paid in Aus) by contacting me directly, just leave a comment below and I will e-mail you. You can also order through publisher Ginninderra, click here to purchase via Paypal. I’d love your support and it would be fantastic to have you visit again and let me know what you thought of the poetry.

During launch week you can also purchase my previous titles at reduced prices, along with a ‘book pack’ option including all four of my collections for $40 postage paid (in Aus).

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) - $15

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) – $15

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) - 2for$5

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) – 2for$5

pollen and the storm (2008) - $10

pollen and the storm (2008) – $10

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There is also a ‘Giveaway’ for those of you on Goodreads, which is free to enter, all you have to do is click here!

Poetry Critique Offer

For anyone interested in getting constructive criticism on their poetry, I’m also offering to look at up to five poems free of charge, if you leave a comment or e-mail me. (I have qualifications in Editing and an Honours Degree in Writing, along with four poetry collections and in addition to this I have been editing poetry journals/publications for the last ten years – most recently working as poetry editor for page seventeen since issue eight).

In the days to come there will be performances from, Robbie Coburn, Mark William Jackson and myself, along with some surprises, so stick around, more poetry tomorrow!

between giants – blog launch – day two

To open the launch, I’m thrilled to have Graham Nunn reading ‘Man About Town’ from between giants for the first performance.

Click below to listen

Graham is the author of six books of poetry, including one of my absolute favourites, Ocean Hearted and his latest, the beautiful The First 30 and Other Poems which details the first thirty days with his newborn son. I’d like to thank Graham for his support and his wonderful reading here and urge you to support his work, if you’re a poetry fan you will not be disappointed.

blog launch prizes, deals and offers

between giants is available for $18 (postage paid in Aus) by contacting me directly, just leave a comment below and I will e-mail you. You can also order through publisher Ginninderra, click here to purchase via Paypal. I’d love your support and it would be fantastic to have you visit again and let me know what you thought of the poetry.

During launch week you can also purchase my previous titles at reduced prices, along with a ‘book pack’ option including all four of my collections for $40 postage paid (in Aus).

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) - $15

Stepping Over Seasons (2009) – $15

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) - 2for$5

Orion Tips the Saucepan (2010) – 2for$5

pollen and the storm (2008) - $10

pollen and the storm (2008) – $10

 

 

 

 

 

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There is also a ‘Giveaway’ for those of you on Goodreads, which is free to enter, all you have to do is click here!

Poetry Critique Offer

For anyone interested in getting constructive criticism on their poetry, I’m also offering to look at up to five poems free of charge, if you leave a comment or e-mail me. (I have qualifications in Editing and an Honours Degree in Writing, along with four poetry collections and in addition to this I have been editing poetry journals/publications for the last ten years – most recently working as poetry editor for page seventeen since issue eight).

In the days to come there will be performances from Jane Williams, Robbie Coburn, Mark William Jackson and myself, so stick around, lots more poetry to come!

Word of Mouth – a backlog

So! Confession time – the picture below represents two thirds of the reading I’ve had on my shelf since late 2011, when I actually purchased a lot of the titles within.

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It’s angered me. I hate being kept from reading, but a variety of things (not just my Honours studies in 2012 or my own writing this year) got in the way. And I shouldn’t have let them but here I am with an idea.

Word of mouth. It’s a powerful tool for writers and readers, and I think that I ought to try and use it more, obviously in a digital manner on the blog, but face to face too for that matter. So, starting after the blog launch for between giants (which is next week!) I’m going to do concise posts on what I’ve read and enjoyed, both as a symbolic step toward keep myself reading, and more importantly, to spread the word about some great poetry that’s out there – and there’s a lot.

Anyone else behind on their reading?

(And for a real challenge, can anyone identify any of the titles without spines showing?)

between giants – a blog launch! (april 15th – 19th)

Today I’m most happy to announce the launch of my latest poetry collection between giants, which will be hosted right here on the blog!

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Long overdue, this launch is going to be a bit of a party (hence my fantastic hat below) with giveaways, poetry deals, interviews and performances from myself and other poets, to give you a chance to get a closer look at the new collection.

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Everything kicks off on April 15th, hope you enjoy it!

Stepping Over Seasons – Launches!

I’ve got a busy few days ahead – two launches in Melbourne (sun & mon) and one in Bairnsdale (tues) – looking forward to seeing everyone and reading a few poems, so if you’re in the area, hope to see you there!

Sunday – IP Gala Event – featuring Ashley Capes (Stepping Over Seasons) Nadine Neumann (Wobbles: an Olympic Story) Josh Donellan (A Beginner’s Guide to Dying in India) Lorraine McGuigan (Wings of the Same Bird) Tracy Woolley (Inspire Your Day ~ A Little Book of Inspiration) Rebecca Bloomer (Willow Farrington Bites Back) IP Director David Reiter (Primary Instinct)

Sunday, 6 December 2009, from 2 pm
The Ross House, Hayden Raysmith Room
247 Flinders Lane
Melbourne
Free, with refreshments.
Bookings essential. RSVP by 2 Dec to:
Ph/Fx: (07) 3324 9319
or sales@ipoz.biz

Monday – Ashley Capes & Lorraine McGuigan

Monday, 7 December 2009, 6 for 6:30 pm
Collected Works Bookshop
Level 1, 37 Swanston Street
Melbourne
Free.
RSVP by 4 Dec to:
Ph: 9654 8873
or kris.hemensley@gmail.com

Tuesday – Ashley Capes & David Reiter

Tuesday, 8 December 2009
Bairnsdale Library
22 Service Street, Bairnsdale
from 5:30 pm. Free event.
Please RSVP by 7 December to:
P: 5152 4225