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106: This Poetic Life

4 - 8 Jan: 9.30am - 12.30pm
106: This Poetic Life
Live the poetic life for a week with Maree Dawes. Explore how to find inspiration, setting up for writing, form and image, as well as shaping and editing. There will be lots of time for writing as well as workshopping and celebrating the final form of your poems at a reading. You will be introduced to the works of contemporary poets, learn to provide constructive feedback and look at publishing opportunities.

Beginners, Intermediate (16+ years)

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Maree Dawes

Maree Dawes

Maree Dawes was raised in the wheat belt of Western Australia, and now lives in sight of the Southern Ocean. Maree’s first collection, Women of the Minotaur (Tactile Books 2008), explored the lives of mistresses in Picasso’s life. It was featured on ABC’s Poetica in May 2009. Her verse novel BRB, which dives into online life in the nineties, was published by Spineless Wonders in 2014 and is now available on KOBO. Maree has collaborated with artists, dancers and embroiderers and sold film options on one of her short stories. Her work has focused on internal and external landscapes, being in the natural environment and the emotional journey of being human. She has publications in national and international journals and anthologies and has dabbled in art reviews.
Selected Achievements from Maree’s Curriculum Vitae
• “Do not look back”, highly commended poem, WA Writers’ Centre Competition (2000)
• “Françoise” Shortlisted in Tom Collins Poetry Prize 2003
• “The Articulate Void” Performance Poetry at Albany Sprung Writers’ Festival with Artist Beth Kirkland (2005)
• Suite of Poems “Living on Granite” voice recorded for Perth International Arts Festival traveling exhibition Hotspots (2006)
• “I am so sweet and truthful…” short story published in Best Australian Stories 2007
• Selection from Women of the Minotaur dramatized for full length Poetica (Radio National) (2009, repeated March 2011)
• Guest at Singapore Writers Festival (Oct/Nov 2009)
• Writer in residence work projected onto Albany Town Hall as part of Perth International Arts Festival (PIAF) Paperartzi dance performance (Feb 2011)
• “I am so sweet and truthful…” short story contracted for 6 min movie (2012)
• The Fledging of the Rainbow Bee-eaters published in FlightPath 2017 Hallowell Press



Early Bird discount applies only until 30/10/2020, after which you will need to select the normal fee.

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