Bill Jenkins (aka Bill/Dr Bill and various) is a psychologist and poet. First published as a poet in 1967, Bill has a chequered and anonymous history, coming out of the poetic closet only recently. His subject matter is life and he understands poetry as an active and therapeutic engagement with existence. As academic, consultant and volunteer Bill has worked largely with those approaching death through the hospice movement, and with children recovering from cancer. Currently his ‘work’ is limited to hanging out occasionally with the homeless. His poetic influences include Olav Hauge, Czeslaw Milosz, and very early on, Lewis Carroll.
Xan Ashbury is passionate about introducing young minds to the pleasures of novels, poetry and film. Before becoming an English teacher, Xan spent more than a decade as a journalist on weekly and daily newspapers in Australia and the UK. She began writing poetry (again) several years ago and won the Shore Lines Writing for Performance prize in 2014 and 2015. She seriously impressed at a recent reading at the Bodhi Tree café.
Join Bill and Xan for another entertaining Saturday afternoon of poetry at the Moon Café, 2pm-4pm, 323 William Street Northbridge. Open-mike as always.
In following weeks we have:
11-Jun-16 Danijela Kambaskovic
18-Jun-16 Mega Open-Mike Gig (where everyone is a feature)