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Poetry at the Pub welcomes Beth Spencer

May 29, 2017 @ 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm


Join us at Poetry at the Pub to welcome Beth Spencer, one of 28 poets featured in a new anthology due out this month called Shaping the Fractured Self: poetry of chronic illness and pain.

Beth will be supported by local poets Kerri Shying and Danny Gentile, and an AUSLAN interpreter for the Deaf community with thanks to Octapod.

“Invisible and chronic illness and disability differs greatly from acute illness.

It slides along as the undercurrent, emerging in surprising places.”  – Kerri Shying

Beth Spencer is the author of Vagabondage (UWAP), The Party of Life (Flying Islands), How to Conceive of a Girl (Random House) and Things in a Glass Box (FIP). A selection of her ABC-Radio National sound and text pieces — including a feature on Poetica — were collected on the double CD, Body of Words (dogmedia).  Her awards include the Age Short Story Award, runner up for the Steele Rudd, the inaugural Dinny O’Hearn Fellowship, a Varuna Writers Fellowship, and several Literature Board fellowships from the Australia Council. She also has a PhD on ‘The Body as Fiction/Fiction as a Way of Thinking’ and a website at

Kerri Shying was awarded a NSW Emerging Writers Grant for 2017 and has a Pocket Book in progress, with poems and short stories. She has had poems in Cordite, and in anthologies, the most recent being Blank Rune Press’s Love is so Short.  She is the Peer Facilitator for the disability writing group Write-Up!

Danny Gentile has published in Meanjin, Cordite, Overland, Southerly and in the inaugural edition of Snap, a journal dedicated to work about and by people living with disabilities. His poems have been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize on three occasions and also appear in the A Slow Combusting Hymn anthology. He is soon to take up a Poetry Residency at Maitland Regional Gallery as part of the Verses Project.

7.30pm Open Reading – all welcome

8.10pm Guest Readings – Beth Spencer, Kerri Shying and Danny Gentile

8.45pm Short Break

9.00pm Guest Readings continued

9.30pm End





May 29, 2017
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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Wickham Park Hotel
61 Maitland Road


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