Join local and visiting poets around the fire pit in the Varuna garden. Bring your own poem to read, or simply sit, listen and enjoy the magical ambience of the Writers’ House. One of the most well-loved events in the Festival program.

Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Caitlin Maling (Australian)

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Caitlin Maling is a WA poet with two books out through Fremantle Press and a third forthcoming in 2019. She has been shortlisted for the WA Premier’s Book Awards, the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Currently she holds the Marten Bequest in poetry and is pursuing a PhD in comparative ecopoetics at the University of Sydney. Caitlin is a member of the Varuna alumni.

Mark O’Flynn (Australian)

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Born in Melbourne, Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. He has published several collections of poetry, most recently The Soup’s Song (Picaro, 2015), and Shared Breath (Hope St., 2017). His novels include Grassdogs and The Forgotten World (both Harper Collins, 2006, 2013), and The Last Days of Ava Langdon (UQP, 2016). In 2013 he also published the comic memoir, False Start, (Finch), and a collection of short stories White Light (Spineless Wonders).