Riverbend Poetry Series: The Lovemaker, Alan Wearne

QLD Poetry Festival’s relationship with the delightful Riverbend Books has entered its sixth year… and it is only getting stronger.

On Tuesday February 22, the Riverbend Deck will welcome poetry lovers, to soak up Brisbane’s summer ambience and some mighty fine words from three of this city’s hottest voices – mistress of all things sonic, Pascalle Burton alongside John Koenig & Chris Lynch who will launch their debut micro-collections as part of Brisbane New Voices II.

And joining them, is Victorian ‘Lovemaker’ Alan Wearne. Alan has been part of Australian Poetry since 1967. Specialising in dramatic & narrative verse, often in the vernacular, his latest volume “The Australian Popular Songbook” received the prestigious, if obscure, Grace Leven Award. 2011 will see his company Grand Parade Poets publish 4 books by other writers; more will follow. Since 1998 he has taught poetry at the University of Wollongong, although he still regards himself and his poems as very much Melbournian. His late mother spent her first 25 years in Brisbane, so he lays some claim to being part Queenslander.

If you have not happened upon Alan’s work, here’s a recent Ode.



for Johanna Featherstone & Fiona Wright

Australian Poetry Ltd is a new organization due to be launched in 2011 as a merger between the Australian Poetry Centre based in Melbourne and Poets Union based in NSW. It will be the peak industry body for poetry in this country with a charter to promote and support Australian poets and poetry locally, regionally, nationally and internationally.

     from a communication, October 2010

Industry Body, Peak Industry Body,
Deleting detractors and shaming the shoddy,
The word having gone out here come delegations
From locale and region, this and all nations:
‘Have you heard?’ ‘Can it be?’ ‘Don’t believe…’ ‘Oh my god-ee…
Our verse has attained a Peak Industry Body!’

Industry Body, Peak Industry Body,
Thou mentoring magus like Big Ears to Noddy,
As philistine ill winds grow keener and keener
O’er  villanelle, sapphic, pantoum and sestina,
Now slice like a scalpel, now whack like a waddy
You scourge o’ th’ wowsers, Peak Industry Body!

Industry Body, Peak Industry Body,
Whilst some are smart-phoney and others ipod-ey,
On all fours we lap up the springs of the muses
And our juice of creation just oozes and oozes,
Deserving much more than a tepid hot toddy
Your top shelf awaits us, Peak Industry Body!

Industry Body, Peak Industry Body,
Though crooks may be crooked and coppers be ploddy,
Law-breakers/enforcers will quiver and quake
For little beats Passion when Art is at stake:
And we’ve dumped our trifecta having gone for the quaddy,
You’re the winner we’re backing, Peak Industry Body!

And don’t forget, you can also get your hands on a ticket (or three) in the ‘Hold Back the Water’ raffle at the gig to help raise much needed funds for the QLD Disaster Relief Appeal and win yourself some amazing prizes!

Here’s full details for the gig:

Queensland Poetry Festival, QLD Writers Centre & Riverbend Books are proud to present the first event in the Riverbend Poetry Series for 2011. The February event features the sonic experimentation of avant-garde poet/musician Pascalle Burton (A Vast Laugh, Small Change Press), the multi-award winning words of Alan Wearne (The Popular Australian Songbook, Giramondo Press) and the launch of Brisbane New Voices II, featuring the debut micro-collections of local poets John Koenig (Green Tea & Nicorette) and Chris Lynch (Bashed Flat by Heaven). And to help raise much needed funds for those who suffered great loss in the recent floods, a raffle will be held on the night with all proceeds donated to the QLD Govt’s Disaster Relief Appeal. There will also be a select reading of poems written in response to the floods by Graham Nunn & Sheish Money + other special guests.

Date: Tuesday 22 February
Location: Riverbend Books, 193 Oxford St. Bulimba
Time: Doors open for the event at 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Tickets: $10 available through Riverbend Books and include sushi and complimentary wine. To purchase tickets, call Riverbend Books on (07) 3899 8555 or book online at http://www.riverbendbooks.com.au/Events/EventDetails.aspx?ID=2481
These events are always hugely popular, so book early to avoid disappointment!


1 Comment

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One response to “Riverbend Poetry Series: The Lovemaker, Alan Wearne

  1. Hi Graham,
    I tried to email you about the Duggan interview, but they just keep bouncing back. Not sure that any have gone through.

    See you at Riverbend!

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