“Poetry is deep play. It’s comfort. It’s challenge. Just like a friend.”

Australia’s unofficial poet laureate Paul Kelly has spent a career putting words to – and making poetry of – our lives. In one night of performance and storytelling with some very special guests, he reflects on the comfort of literature and the role the words of others have played in his work and career.

This event is Auslan interpreted.

Paul Kelly (Australian)

Paul Kelly

Paul Kelly was born in Adelaide in 1955. He wrote his first song in 1976 and has been making records since 1978 — over thirty to date. He has collaborated with many other songwriters and written music for film and theatre. In 2010 he published a 'mongrel memoir', How to Make Gravy; and in 2019 an anthology of poetry, Love is Strong as Death. His most recent album is Thirteen Ways to Look at Birds.