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.