Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Word Co-op, 21 September

The September Word Co-op is the first of a bimonthly poetry night at the ANU Food Co-op.

This month we bring together feature sets from Candy Royalle, Paul Magee, Aaron Kirby & Bela Farkas.

Entry is by donation.

Photo by Amelia Filmer-Sankey

Here is some background on our poets for the night:

Candy Royalle
Candy Royalle is a performance artist and poet who fuses cinematic storytelling, poetry and unique vocal rhythms with confronting, political and heart thumping content. In the 10 years since her debut, Royalleʼs career has taken her across both the frontiers of poetry, and the world. Sheʼs captivated audiences both nationally and internationally, including Spain, the UK and America. Candy Royalle has been nominated for numerous awards and in 2012 won the “World Poetry Cup” beating 46 other poets for the coveted title and trophy. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies in Australia and internationally. Royalleʼs work has been covered in many major media outlets including ABC, Fairfax, News Limited, CNN and a host of local and street press.

Aaron Kirby
Aaron Kirby makes poetry to understand and explain the world he experiences. Believing the poet requires no particular credentials he presents none.


Paul Magee
Paul Magee’s first book was the surrealist ethnography From Here to Tierra del Fuego (University of Illinois Press: 2000). He is author of the eleven-chapter Cube Root of Book (John Leonard Press: 2006), and is currently working on Chapter Twelve (forthcoming 2013), both in verse. In addition, he is on a late draft of a scholarly monograph concerning the meeting point between aesthetics and epistemology, entitled Poetry and Knowledge (forthcoming 2014). Paul teaches poetry at the University of Canberra, and is a chief investigator on the Australian Research Council-funded project Understanding Creative Excellence: a Case Study in Poetry. He studied in Moscow, Melbourne, San Salvador and Sydney. Alongside his verse and his scholarly contributions on poetics, he has published on Marxian thought, psychoanalysis, stagnation, boredom and revolution.

Paul Magee as part of the 
You Are Here 2013 Page vs Stage

Bela Farkas
Serial celebrity name dropper Bela Farkas is a Canberra-based poet. Much of his work has been influenced by popular culture and current events. He has featured at Canberra’s BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! and the Traverse Poetry Slam at the Font; at West Word in Melbourne; and as part of the ACT Australian Poetry Slam. As part of the Tragic Troubadours Bela has performed at the Corinbank, Canberra Fringe, National Folk, and You Are Here festivals. Recently published in United Kingdom’s The Delinquent Magazine, Bela also has a degree in Public Relations from the University of Canberra.


All images unless otherwise specified are courtesy of Adam Thomas.

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