This Saturday at the Moon café we have a great feature poet (Allan Padgett) and poetry from one of the great poets of our times (Dylan Thomas).
Allan Padgett (pictured left) is a WA poet who performs regularly at Perth Poetry Club. He has been published in Creatrix, Uneven Floor, Creative Connections, Regime, Rochford Street Review, Plumwood Mountain and Poetic Visions, and has read his poems on 89.7 Twin Cities FM and RTR FM 92.1.
Allan’s poem The Wheatbelt Turns to Dust was second in the 2012 Creatrix Poetry Prize. He loves roses, grandsons, dogs, patchouli oil and faded memories. Allan will be performing a double feature.
If that is not enough, it is also Dylan Thomas Day, and Perth Poetry Club will pay homage to his poetry with our own Kate Arnautovic and Tim Parkin reading some of their favourite Dylan Thomas poems.
Kate Arnautovic (pictured centre) is the web editor for Perth Poetry Club and a poetry-enthusiast. She has always enjoyed all aspects of the creative writing process and enjoys reading and hearing poetry. Kate is currently working on a thesis on Indigenous parliamentary representation, due to be completed at the end of this year. Kate hopes to produce more of her own poetry on the topic of minority rights and broader political issues.
Tim Parkin (pictured right) is a hairy and cuddly mammal from Carlisle in Perth. He started writing poetry in his teens but then stopped and wrote only song lyrics for 20 years. During this time he completed an honours degree in Linguistics, a Diploma of Divinity, and played about sixty gigs around Perth with his band Berbermerkin. At the start of 2014 Tim started writing poetry again and has not stopped since, and has regularly attended Perth Poetry Club. He works as a research assistant at Curtin University and has been published in Creatrix, Uneven Floor, Writ Poetry Review, The Bitchin’ Kitsch and Naked Press Tank.
Dylan Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer, whose works include the poems "Do not go gentle into that good night" and "And death shall have no dominion"; the 'play for voices' Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child's Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became widely popular in his lifetime and remains so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City. By then, he had acquired a reputation, which he encouraged, as a "roistering, drunken and doomed poet".
So come to the Moon Café, 323 William Street Northbridge 2pm – 4pm this Saturday to see and hear Allan Padgett and poetry from Dylan Thomas. Open mike as usual. Open-mikers are encouraged to read Dylan Thomas, but this is not a necessity. Also it doesn’t matter if we hear the same poem more than once. You always learn something out of hearing a different reading of the same poem.
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