2021 season workshops under construction 


Apostles of Anarchy: Hung up on form?
with Sandra Renew

Friday, October 15, 10am-12pm
Sandra Renew

Sandra Renew's current project, Apostles of Anarchy, forms the basis for this workshop.

Apostles of Anarchy is utilised as an example of shaping and using language to create different informal forms to meet different purposes. Apostles of Anarchy is a linked series of prose and poetry pieces responding to an archive of popular discourse, including newspapers and documents, in Queensland from 1978 to ‘83. Participants will use some of the time to explore and create their own response to an archive as a writing exercise.


Your Facilitator: Sandra Renew

Sandra’s poetry collections are It’s the sugar, Sugar, Recent Work Press, 2021; Acting Like a Girl, Recent Work Press, 2019; and The Orlando Files, Ginninderra Press, 2018.

Sandra’s 2019 collection, Acting Like a Girl, won the 2020 ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Poetry, and was shortlisted for the 2020 ACT Book of the Year. Her poetry is included in Australian Poetry Anthology Vol 8, edited by Melinda Smith and Sara Saleh; The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry edited by Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton; and Pulped Fiction microlit 2020 Spineless Wonders.

She is published widely in international and national journals of tanka and tanka prose.


Sandra is a founding editor, with Moya Pacey, of the Not Very Quiet online journal of women’s poetry. Not Very Quiet: The anthology is forthcoming 2021.

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Reading and Performing Your Poetry In Public
with Harry Laing

Saturday, October 16, 10am-12pm
Harry Laing

So often poets don’t do their work justice because of a lack of vocal confidence.

Particularly tuned to poets, this workshop will focus on each participant’s particular vocal style and qualities. After a comprehensive group warm-up showcasing methods to support the breath, there will be time to work in a more detailed way, discovering the range of the body’s natural resonators and building confidence in getting the sound ‘out there’. Participants will be challenged through improvisatory work to take a few more risks and tackle more demanding material. We’ll look at using different voices for different occasions and on matching the sound to the style of the material. And humour will definitely be in there.

Your facilitator: Harry Laing

Harry Laing is a poet, comic performer and children’s author who brings a passion for words to voice-work sessions. He has read and performed widely and presented his voice workshops at the NSW, ACT, and South Coast Writers centres and at the PoetryAlive weekend poetry workshops. He is co-convenor and MC of the PoetryAlive readings at Stanley Street Gallery, Sydney. He has written and performed in 8 solo comedy shows. His second collection of poetry, Backbone came out in 2010. His third collection, unsettled, was published by Walleah Press in 2021.

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