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Playing with Structure with Angela Gardner

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Harry Hartog Booksellers, ANU

153-11 University Avenue

Australian National University

Acton, ACT 2601

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Learn strategies for the creation of a poem from its building blocks in syllable and line.

This workshop with award winning poet Angela Gardner will explore ways of collecting material for writing poems. Participants will be shown playful approaches to structure to enable them to individually and collectively write a sonnet. There will be time to discuss and practice revision processes. Participants should bring a small object as a writing prompt.

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Angela Gardner lived in Melbourne as a child, when her father worked for the Mission to Seaman for some time. After studying art at the University of Wales and learning upholstery, she migrated to Australia in 1988. She has lived in Sydney, Brisbane, and the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. She received a Master of Arts in Visual Arts from Griffith University's College of Arts in 2002.

Gardner is a visual artist and poet and founding editor of the poetry journal Foam:e. Among a number of residencies, awards, and prizes, Gardner has received a Churchill Fellowship (2007) to investigate collaborations between poets and visual artists in the US and the UK. In 2008 she was awarded a Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (VACS) grant, an initiative of the State and Federal governments, administered by Arts Queensland, to create two limited edition artists books. Working with Brisbane-based printmakers, Gwenn Tasker and Lisa Pullen, lino-cut prints and etchings were produced that respond to her poetry series, 'The Twelve Labours' and 'The Night Ladder'. These works were published in limited edition fine press books.

In 2008, Gardner won an Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, which she undertook in mid 2009. While in Ireland, Gardner met G C Waldrep, a renowned American poet, and Cherry Smyth a highly awarded London-based Irish poet. Both poets have become important mentors and early readers for many of her poems.

Gardner's poetry has been well reviewed and she has read at the Queensland Poetry Festival a number of times.In 2017, the judges of the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award described her recent work as: "With a hovering intelligence and a laudable lack of ego, the beautifully controlled poems of ‘Some Sketchy Notes on Matter’ investigate the world with an ecstatic’s eye."


In partnership with UNSW Canberra and funded by the Copyright Agency, the ACT Writers Centre are pleased to welcome Angela Gardner to Canberra during September as the 2019 ACT Writer in Residence.With thanks to Ainslie + Gorman and the ACT Government.


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