Terry McDonagh, berni m janssen, Meg McNena + open readings




–  18 May, 2013, 2-4pm

Grill room/BEER DELUXE

Federation Square, Melbourne

The FREE poetry@fedsquare  program is supported by federation square management, with the cooperation of Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV). 

Feature poets on 18 May 2013 will be:

Terry McDonagh, berni m janssen, Meg McNena + open readings  

 Irish poet and dramatist, Terry McDonagh, www.terry-mcdonagh.com, taught creative writing at the University of Hamburg and was Drama Director at the International School Hamburg for 15 years. He now works freelance. He has been writer in residence in Europe, Asia and Australia. He has published seven poetry collections, a book of letters, as well as prose and poetry for young people Translated into Indonesian and German and distributed internationally by Syracuse Uni. Press. His latest poetry collection: Ripple Effect in due for publication in May 2013 – Arlen House – and his next children’s story, Michel the Merman, illustrated by Marc Barnes (NZ), is to be published in September 2013. He lives in Hamburg and Ireland

berni m janssen, poet, performer, facilitator, creative director, artist working with communities. She has worked with writers, composers, sound designers, musicians, visual artists, performers, communities. Her work spans words on page; words as music; words as images; words spoken or sung by one, two or many. Her work has been presented in Spain, Italy, USA, England, Germany, Phillipines, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan and www. Although she does not perform frequently these days, her performances are renowned for full bodied, full throated, intensely present, vocally playful, ‘sonic embrace’. This is ‘live’ poetry.

Meg McNena migrated to Melbourne as a child with Irish parents and has since lived in Ireland several times. In the 1990s she worked on an Ulster cross-border peace project for European Peace and   Reconciliation. Her poetry has been published locally (eg Eureka   Street, Quadrant, The Australian, Wet Ink) and overseas (eg Antipodes, Pearl, The Healing Muse). She is the poetry editor of the online  Australian Irish magazine, Tintéan, which accepts poems of interest to   the Irish Diaspora (submissions: editorial@tintean.org.au).  Her poetry has been awarded by Amnesty International and the  Fellowship of Australian Writers and several her of plays have been staged  and awarded. She co-wrote the poetry collection, True North, published  in 2006.

Authors  wishing  to go on the list for the open readings (approximately  five minutes each) can  confirm or reconfirm it via email please.

poetry@fedsquare is a FREE program supported by federationsquare management in cooperation with Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV).

It is a platform for new voices and new works in English, and in English translation which are presented in a public setting for an ever-changing audience.

Over the years, this program which was started by poet and bookseller John Di Mase in 2006, made it possible for more than 1000 authors to read their work or the work of other authors in translation.    



About poetry@fedsquare:


Poetry@fedsquare is a FREE program of poetry, music and performance which has been running since 2006. 


poetry@fedsquare can be  different things to different presenters, but above all, it is an opportunity for new voices and new works to be presented in a public setting with an ever-changing audience.


Readers and presenters in the poetry@fedsquare events come from all walks of literary life.  Some are published authors. Some are translators, and  some are first time authors with a piece of work in progress who want to test it out in the 5 minutes open readings; while others,  will read/ present the bilingual writing of another author, for example, a parallel text in English/ Serbian.


Over the years more than 1000  different poets, translators and open readers  have  participated in the program. 


The regular  format allows for two feature presenters to read for up to 20 minutes each, and  up to ten open readers who can read or recite in English & in other languages ( up to 5  minutes maximum each). 


Feature readers are authors who have had one or more book/s published.


There is an honorarium for Feature Readers, and this varies if the author is local or comes from interstate. 


In the open readings, authors can participate without booking in advance; but please note that there is no payment for open readers. 


The program is supported by Federation Square management, in collaboration with Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV); and is presented each third Saturday of the month, February to November. It is


In the warm months, February to April it is presented in the Atrium (Flinders Street entrance); during winter, May to August it is presented in the Grill Room –BEER DELUXE (enter from the main square).


World Poetry is a movement which was founded in 2004 under the auspices of Multicultural Arts Victoria (MAV).


One of World Poetry’s principal objectives is to foster and sustain an invigorating and inclusive climate for dialogue which cultivates and promotes the inclusion of literatures in translation, in mainstream literary Australian literary landscape. 


lella cariddi

World Poetry  Co-Foundation Creative Director and  Curator &  presenter of poetry@fedsquare