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Howl 60 years at Avid Reader Bookshop 9th October

avid-flyerTo celebrate the 60th anniversary of Allen Ginsberg reading Howl at the Six Gallery, San Francisco on 7 October, 1955 readings are being held around the world.

Be a part of these international gatherings celebrating Ginsberg and join Anthony Lawrence, Bronwyn Lea, Brentley Frazer and Eleanor Jackson with Adam Pettet as master of ceremonies for readings from Ginsberg’sHowl and Other Poems.

Ginsberg first performed Howl at the Six Gallery in San Francisco on October 7, 1955. The reading was conceived by Wally Hedrick — a painter and co-founder of the Six — who approached Ginsberg in mid-1955 and asked him to organize a poetry reading at the Six Gallery. At first, Ginsberg refused. But once he’d written a rough draft of Howl, he changed his ‘fucking mind,’ as he put it.

Ginsberg was ultimately responsible for inviting the readers (Gary Snyder, Philip Lamantia, Philip Whalen, Michael McClure and Kenneth Rexroth) and writing the invitation. Howl was the second to the last reading and was considered by most in attendance the highlight of the reading. Many considered it the beginning of a new movement, and the reputation of Ginsberg and those associated with the Six Gallery reading spread throughout San Francisco.

Soon afterwards, it was published by Lawrence Ferlinghetti, who ran City Lights Bookstore and the City Lights Press. Ginsberg completed Part II and the Footnote after Ferlinghetti had promised to publish the poem. Howl was too short to make an entire book, so Ferlinghetti requested some other poems. Thus, the final collection contained several other poems written at that time; with these poems, Ginsberg continued the experimentation with long lines and a fixed base he’d discovered with the composition of Howl.

Come and celebrate the poem that defined a generation.

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Elizabeth Arcadia ~ Brisbane Poetry Map

My poem Elizabeth Arcadia, commissioned by Brisbane City Council and The Queensland Poetry Festival for the new online interactive Brisbane Poetry Map. Click on 99 Elizabeth Street on the map and have a listen.

Reading at Brisbane Writers Festival 05 September


Brisbane Poetry Map

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Duration: 60mins – Lecture Theatre, QAG 05 September 10:00am – 11:00am Event #: 49 Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)

– Live readings by some of this city’s finest writers at the launch of Queensland Poetry Festival’s Brisbane Poetry Map, a digital showcase featuring five curated poetic trails and over twenty site specific recordings of Brisbane voices. The launch will mark the starting point for one of the walks, so bring your headphones and let the Brisbane Poetry Map unfurl before you.

‘Writing has nothing to do with signifying. It has to do with surveying, mapping, even realms that are yet to come.’ Deleuze and Guattari, A Thousand Plateaus 4-5

Brisbane Poetry Map is a digital poetic map of our city, showcases five specially curated poetic trails, each one containing site-specific recordings of some of Brisbane finest established and emerging voices.

The launch of the project at Brisbane Writers Festival will see 4 of the 5 walks released as public GPS tracked audio walks in South Bank, Brisbane City, Kangaroo Point, and Fortitude Valley. The Kurilpa Walk – curated by black&write! – will be launched separately later this year.

The launch will also see Michelle Law, Matt Hetherington, Krissy Kneen, Bronwyn Lea, Adam Hadley, Gina Ramsey, Brentley Frazer and Pascalle Burton read their commissioned poetic responses on the day.

Come along to the launch of the Brisbane Poetry Map, and hear this city with new ears.

Brisbane Writers Festival
Lecture Theatre, Queensland Art Gallery (QAG)
Sat 05 September
10:00am – 11:00am
Free event

The Brisbane Poetry Map is funded by Copyright Agency and Brisbane City Council. Brisbane Poetry Map is also supported by black&write! and Music Industry College.



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