John Carey, David Musgrave, Louise Wakeling, Les Wicks, Margaret Bradstock (facilitator)
Not just Darlinghurst or Bondi, those icons of inner-city and coastal community; there's more to Sydney than meets the eye. Harbour City Poets give you the grand tour of Sydney's suburbs, featuring all-new contemporary poems. In this reading, interaction takes place within, as well as between, the poems presented, providing a multi-faceted overview of life in the suburbs.
Harbour City Poets have been performing together for over six years now, basing their presentations on the premise that it is the poems (rather than the poets) that have something to say to each other. With multiple voices, sometimes serious, frequently humorous, the result is cumulative and cutting-edge.
John Carey (Australian)
John Carey is an ex-teacher of French and Latin and a former part-time actor, recently performing in Darlinghurst Nights. He is the author of three poetry collections, including The Old Humanists, and has been widely published in journals and magazines, including Best Australian Poems 2009 and Best Australian Poems 2011.
David Musgrave has published five poetry collections, a CD, Open Water, and a novel, Glissando, which was shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Fiction in 2011. In 2008 he won the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, and the Alec Bolton Prize for an unpublished manuscript. Phantom Limb was published in 2009 and won the Grace Leven Poetry Prize. David is the publisher at Puncher & Wattmann.
Louise Wakeling has been widely published in poetry journals and anthologies including Best Australian Poems 2010. In 2007 she was the recipient of a NSW Premier’s English Teaching Award to research the teaching of poetry in American schools and universities. Her poetry collections include medium security and paragliding in a war zone. She is currently working on a collection of ecopoetry.
Les Wicks (Australian)
Les Wicks is an Australian poet, publisher and editor. He has performed extensively around Australia for the past 35 years. His work has been published in over 250 different magazines, anthologies and newspapers across 15 countries in nine languages. Les conducts workshops around Australia and runs Meuse Press, which focuses on poetry outreach projects. His eighth book of poetry is The Ambrosiacs.
Margaret Bradstock (Australian)
Margaret Bradstock has published five collections of poetry. The most recent are The Pomelo Tree, which won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize, Coast and How Like the Past. She was Asialink writer-in-residence at Peking University in 2003, co-editor of Five Bells from 2001-10 and recently edited Antipodes, the first anthology of white and Aboriginal responses to 'settlement'.