Wednesday, November 16, 2011

SATURNALIA~ The Fringe Gallery Poetry Wind-up! 3rd December, 2011

It's that time of year again; the annual Fringe Gallery end of year wind up & after party. Featuring music & spoken word by,

Allan Boyd & Maitland Schnaars; The Antipoet and The Enforcer, described as 21st century performance poets in your faces. Raw and political spoken word by two seasoned performance poets.

Kevin Gillam; Yes, we all love him. The wonderful poet & cellist. Kevin Gillam is a Western Australian writer with poems published in numerous journals in Australia and overseas. He has two books of poems published, both by Sunline Press, Other Gravities (2003) and Permitted to Fall (2007). He works as Head of Music at Christchurch Grammar School and free-lances as a cellist and conductor. He is married with two stepchildren.

Neil Preston; Neil has a well-established pedigree of being one of the shining lights of Perth’s powerpop revival in the early 1990’s. Fronting the legendary band A Month of Sundays Neil was able to mix sweet pop melodies with decisive lyrics of love and loss, penned in the great tradition of Elvis Costello, Morrisey, and writers closer to home like Tim Rogers and David McComb.

Amanda Joy; Poet & gardener. Her poetry has been published in many journals & anthologies. She has a fascination with portals and conduits and every now and then she pops out a little limited edition illustrated chapbook for those who ask nicely. She blogs her poetry semi regularly at her website Her latest chapbook Orchid Poems was published by mulla mulla press in September.

Expect a bit of collaboration & moving about.. plus open mic & more....

Entry by donation, beverages and nibblies available. After party a'brewin'

For more info contact Terry Farrell 0412 911 562

Monday, October 10, 2011

Flora Smith & Dick Alderson. Special Series Poetry Reading Saturday October 22nd 2011

Saturday 22nd October, starting at 7:30 pm Fringe Gallery is excited to present the first in its new special series of poetry readings. Open mic as always, get there early to sign up! Wine and nibbles available. Entry by donation.

Flora Smith began writing poetry 8 years ago and has been widely published in journals and anthologies around Australia, including Westerly, Stylus Poetry Journal and Famous Reporter.
She writes about people: their failings, hopes and dreams.
Her curiosity about people led her to study and teach foreign languages, and to a great love of travel, which she finds a rich source of material for her poetry.
She reads her work in various venues in Perth and Fremantle, and believes in actively serving the Perth poetry community.
She believes that poetry should be readily accessible to all people, not dressed in obscure concepts and long words.

A poem from Flora;


I have you in sepia,
war-bride aunt who sailed away.

Head thrown back
eyes laughing
posing with a purse
an elegant flower on your jacket.
All set for an evening out
or maybe
you’ll just change for tennis
charm the court
and win the game.

I have you in sepia.
You lived colour
conducting life
with an ivory cigarette holder
dancing your favourite ragtime
into the music
of a new life,
four boys,
the dirty California air

and uncle writing
when your lungs were gone.

Dick Alderson grew up in Perth on a small farm with chickens and orange trees. He became an engineer and at various times lived in Sydney and London. Having finally done all that, he started writing poetry in 1994. His poems have appeared in Fremantle Arts Review, Marginata, Blue Dog, Indigo and Westerly, and anthologies such as EmPowa and The Weighing of the Heart.