The classic literary salon is reinvented. Sip a glass of pinot, discuss the world as seen through a poetic lens and listen as some of the Festival’s finest poets present work from their recent collections. Outstanding classical musicians enrich the experience with melodic interludes.
Featuring John Mateer, Luke Fischer and Judith Beveridge, hosted by Lisa Gorton.
Presented with Word Travels and POEMS NB
Judith Beveridge (Australian)
Judith Beveridge is one of Australia’s most highly regarded poets. She had completed a Bachelor of the Arts at UTS, and has worked in libraries, teaching, as a researcher and in environmental regeneration. The author of four books of poetry, she is also the poetry editor of Meanjin. She currently teaches creative writing at Newcastle and Sydney universities. Her collection Wolf Notes, won both the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry and the Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright Calanthe Prize. Her other books include The Domesticity of Giraffes and Accidental Grace and Storm and Honey which have won between them, the NSW and Victorian Premiers' awards, the Dame Mary Gilmore Award and the Wesley Michel Wright Award. Her most recent collection is Devadatta’s Poems.
John Mateer’s poetry has been published in Australia, South Africa, Indonesia, Japan, Macau and Portugal. In 2001 he was awarded the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry and is a recipient of a Centenary Medal for his contribution to Australian literature. His previous books include Ex-White: South African Poems and The West: Australian Poems 1989–2009. His most recent work is Unbelievers, or ‘The Moor’.
Bethan Lillicrap was born in the United Kingdom. She began learning the cello at the age of 9, and is currently studying a Bachelor of Music Performance at the Sydney Conservatorium under Umberto Clerici. She is a a member of the Hillel String Quartet and the Sydney Symphony Sinfonia. In 2012 Bethan was selected by the Sydney Conservatorium to tour as a soloist around regional NSW. In April 2014 she worked with international cello soloist Pieter Wispelwey in The Netherlands.
Christian Lillicrap (Australian)
Christian Lillicrap studied with Colin Horsley and Ruth Gerald at the Royal College of Music in London. He has wide ranging musical interests spanning teaching, Musical Direction and playing chamber music. Christian performs regularly with the Aeon Ensemble, a chamber group that he founded with members of the SSO and AOBO shortly after moving to Australia from the UK as well as in recitals with soloists and singers. He is currently accompanist and performance coach at Knox Grammar school in Sydney.
Lisa Gorton (Australian)
Lisa Gorton’s first collection Press Release won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry; she is the author of Cloudland, a novel for children, and an essayist and reviewer. Her most recent poetry collection is Hotel Hyperion.
Luke Fischer (Australian)
Luke Fischer is a Sydney-based poet and scholar. In 2008 he was awarded a PhD in philosophy from the University of Sydney for his thesis on the phenomenological significance of the poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke. He won the most prestigious poetry prize in Australia for emerging poets, the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and has been shortlisted for other prizes, including the Newcastle Poetry Prize. His debut poetry collection Paths of Flight was recently published by Black Pepper Publishing. The eminent American poet Pattiann Rogers has praised the collection in the following words: ‘Luke Fischer’s poems startle me to wake again, to wake not only to the thriving details of the worlds surrounding us but to the power of language to reveal the music simmering and alive in every moment…’ . He is the author and co-editor of scholarly texts on poetic and philosophical themes—including a monograph on Rilke and phenomenology (forthcoming 2015)—and a forthcoming book of bedtime stories called The Blue Forest. blackpepperpublishing.com