Writer Under the Influence – November
Our guest this month is poet extraordinaire Alan Wearne.
Local writers read from work they admire, as well as something of their own. Followed by well-lubricated discussions, reminiscent of an old-style writers’ salon.
Alan has been part of the Australian poetry scene for 50 years, known principally for his verse novels and verse narratives, and his satiric and not-so-light light verse.
After eighteen years teaching at the University of Wollongong, where he founded the Grand Parade Poets publishing outfit (12 volumes to date) he has now returned to Melbourne.
His three most recent volumes are with Giramondo: The Australian Popular Songbook (2008), Prepare The Cabin For Landing (2012), and These Things Are Real (2017).
“Australia’s finest verse satirist.” -- Geoff Page – The Sydney Morning Herald
“Using the combination of the vernacular and interior monologue like no other, Wearne’s verse narratives are an indispensable resource for any future historian wishing to understand the atmosphere and the mentality of Australian urban life in the last third of the twentieth century and beyond.” -- Jamie Grant
“To my mind (and ear), he is one of the best formal poets writing in Australia today. His prosody is daring and virtuosic, and he is one of the best rhymers in the game.” – David Musgrave – Sydney Review of Books
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