by our unique native flora and fauna, prize-winning poet John Bennett will be
reading his own and the works of some of Australia’s best-known literary
figures at an evening of words on September 14 at the Harry Bailey Memorial
event will complement the State Library of NSW’s ‘Australian Inspiration’
exhibition – on show at the library from September 10-22 - which explores how
the fascinating wildlife and plants of Australia became the fledgling nation’s
first icons and ‘celebrities’.
local John Bennett has won a number of major Australian literary prizes, such
as the Newcastle Prize and the David Tribe Award. He has been Sydney Harbour
Artist of the Year, President of the Poets Union and also Director of the
Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.
is widely published both here and overseas and a documentary on his work was
broadcast by ABC Radio National’s Earshot in February this year. He moved to
the Mid North Coast from Sydney’s Inner West six years ago so that he could live
beside a forest by the sea and write more nature poetry.
the event, John will read from his own poetry collection and also works by such
literati as Les Murray and Judith Wright.
event will be held at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on Wednesday, September
14, from 5.30pm. Light refreshments will be served.
is free, but bookings are essential. To find out more or to secure your place,
visit the library website - libraries.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au
– and check out the calendar.