A lively group of poets, writers, artists, aesthetes and bon vivants meets regularly at Yours and Owls café/bar/gallery in Wollongong, Australia. Some of those participating in 2nd April’s readings were Leigh Blackmore, Kyla Lee Ward, Laura E. Goodin, Margi Curtis, and Richard Harland.
Charles Lovecraft spoke about continuing to buy poetry books during difficult economic times. The occasional purchase of an appealing poetry book really makes a difference to the financial viability of small press publishers. Most importantly, this creates the opportunity for new and unknown poets to be published and read.
The “Indian Pacific” train traverses the vast loneliness of the Australian interior, referred to by H. P. Lovecraft in “The Shadow Out of Time.” It’s a journey of 66 hours and 4352 kilometres/2698 miles, coast to coast, including the Nullarbor Plain, with traditional serviced sleeper comfort and gourmet meals!
Charles Lovecraft caught the train in February 2012, heading to Western Australia’s capital city, Perth, in drought and with summer temperatures of 38 C +. Highlights of the expedition:
So for anyone who dreams, and Australia is the land of the Dreaming, (pinch me), visit Western Australia!