Farewell dear readers…

Hello readers and wordsmiths,

The literary events during the monthlong Arts Alive Festival 2011 in October were simply marvelous.  I heard wonderful poets and writers across several genres.  Its was most inspiring. The “Delivery” poetry reading with myself, Joel Deane and Peter Bakowski really delivered!  It was deep and intense and emotional.  It was followed the next night by the “Lives on the Line” panel discussion which I had the pleasure of chairing. It turned out to be a lively discussion amongst poets and audience alike about the place of poetry in a turbulent world.  Art can be an antidote to anything I say.

This week will be my final week as Cafe Poet at the Mornington Library.  It has been an honour and a privilege to interact with the community at the library through poetry.  I have thoroughly enjoyed my time as Cafe Poet.  I would like to publicly thank Geoff Carson, Melissa Hart, Andrea Ebsworth and the amazing and friendly staff at the Mornington Peninsula Library, particularly Steph, Zofia and Liz for their help and support in launching this inaugural position.  I’d like to thank Chris for sharing his space and his coffee with me. May the program continue to thrive.

In other news, the winners of the Go Green Slam will be reading their poems at the AGM of The South Eastern Centre for Sustainability on Friday, November 11th at 7pm if you’d like to support them and listen to their inspiring poetry. At the Mt. Eliza Community Centre 90-100 Canadian Bay Rd. Mt. Eliza.

I am busy now competing to win a spot in this year’s Australian Poetry Slam Final which will take place at the State Library of Victoria on Friday, November 18th.  It’s no small feat, but I wouldn’t miss it for the world.  Come down if you are in the city.

Farewell readers.  With love to all readers and writers, Andrea Louise Thomas


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Delivery and Lives on the Line

Hello readers and writers,

Please come to the Mornington Library next Thursday or Friday night, or both,  at 6-7 to see a poetry reading called “Delivery” with Peter Bakowski, Joel Deane and myself, or listen to a panel discussion on the future of poetry in a turbulent world called “Lives on the Line.” This is a unique opportunity to see poets in all stages of their professional development from established to emerging (that would be me).  It should be an exciting couple of days for poetry on the peninsula thanks to The Mornington Peninsula Shire libraries and The Australian Poetry Omnibus.  Please come along. 

In other news, I had the opportunity to read some poems and discuss some poetry with the good people at 3RPP 98.7 FM radio on Sunday, October 16th during the Main Street Festival.  That was fun.  I don’t think they had heard much poetry and their reaction was delightfully positive!  Hopefully, I’ll get to do it again.

I am now winding down my internship as Cafe Poet.  I’ll only be here for another couple of weeks, so if you’d like to see me, come on down! Until then, happy reading and writing. Cheers, Andrea

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The Poetry Tree…come and see…

Hi Library Lovers,

The three Poetry Tree workshops I did at Mornington, Rosebud and Somerville libraries this week were a big hit!  The children wrote beautiful poetry and we created Poetry Trees at all three libraries.  Stop by and have a look at our handy work.  The workshop was one part introduction to poetry, one part art installation and one part creative writing. I was so impressed with our young poets!  Never underestimate what a child can achieve.

Tomorrow night, I am doing a reading at RMIT  with a whole plethora of poets and spoken word artists in a show called, “Snatches.” It’s at 7:30 @ RMIT Kaleide Theatre, Building 8, Level 2, 360 Swanston St. Melbourne. $10/$5 concession. http://www.melbournefringe.com.au.  If you’re in the city, have a squwiz.

Closer to home, I will be taking part in a poetry reading at The Mornington Peninsula Library called, “Delivery” with Joel Deane and Peter Bakowski, two well-known poets, on Thursday, October 27th from 6-7. On the following night, Friday the 28th from 6-7, I’ll be chairing a panel discussion with the three of us called, “Lives on the Line” about poetry in a turbulent world.  See your yellow brochure entitled, “Books and Writing” for details, or go to http://www.ourlibrarymornpen.vic.gov.au.  There are many outstanding arts and literary events taking place through the entire month of October as part of the Arts Alive: Festival of Arts and Ideas 2011.   Stop by a local venue for a bit of culture.  Until we meet again… Cheers, Andrea


P.S. The “Go Green Slam has been postponed from October 9th to TBA status.  Will keep you informed…

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I’m alive!

Hi readers,

Pardon my protracted absence.  I’ve been ill with pneumonia for the past three weeks.  I am so happy to be up and about again! Yeah!

Since I last wrote, I have participated in a few lovely spoken words events.  The Poetry Idol Feature Poets at the Melbourne Writer’s Festival on Sunday, Sept. 4th went really well.  I read 3 poems which I entitled a trifecta on love, longing and loss in reverse.  The Sept. 9th gig “Spring Into Wordplay” at Aum Shanti in Frankston was a great success.  I read my first 10 minute play and a whole lot of poems while Paul Dillon sang lovely songs in between sets of spoken word..  It looks like Paul and I may be making a regular event of this.

Last Saturday, Sept. 17th I did a 15 minute feature as one of six poets in an event called “No Competition Poets” at the Overload Poetry Festival.  This was the most eclectic group of poets I think I’ve ever seen!  So interesting!

In October, I will be teaching three sessions of The Poetry Tree at three different Mornington Peninsula libraries on October 3rd, 4th and 6th. This is a children’s poetry workshop suited to kids from 7-9.  See the yellow brochure in our libraries entitled “Books and Writing” for details.  I will also share a poetry reading called “Delivery” with an illustrious pair of poets, Peter Bakowski and Joel Deane on Thursday, October 27th from 6-7 and will  chair a panel discussion with the three of us the following night called “Lives on the Line” Friday October 28th from 6-7.  It will be an exciting month for books, writing and ideas.

Until I write again, happy reading and writing.  Cheers, Andrea

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More Spoken Words gigs!

Hi Friends,

Add to the previously listed gigs… National Poetry Day on Wednesday, September 7th from 10-12 at The Mornington Library.  I will be doing an “unplugged” poetry reading from 10-11 and offering free assessments of your poetry from 11-12 in celebration of National Poetry Day.  Come on down!

I’m also doing a 15 minute feature poetry reading set as part of the Overload Poetry Festival on Saturday, September 17 th from 5:30-7 at the Workers Club (former Rob Roy Hotel) 51 Brunswick Street at Gertrude St. in Fitzroy.  Come to see me if you’re in the city.

Well, I’m off now.  It’s my birthday and I plan to celebrate.  Happy reading!  Cheers, Andrea

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Poetry Idol and Warms Words in Winter Winners!

Hello Library Friends,

Well I managed to get through to the Melbourne Writer’s Festival as a Poetry Idol Feature Poet!  This was a spectacular round of poets and I was very chuffed to get into the top ten.  That event is free and will take place on Sunday, Sept. 4th from 5:00-7:30 at the ACMI Cube Bar in Federation Square.  Come on down if you’re in Melbourne Town or fancy a Sunday drive. 

The Warm Words in Winter event at Aum Shanti was a big success.  In fact, Elke, the proprietor, wants us back again asap.  So we will do another event called Spring Into Wordplay on Friday, Sept. 9th from 7-9:30 ish.  Singer/songwriter, Paul Dillon, will again join in to sing songs, read from his manuscript and join me in the first public appearance of my new 10 minute play.  I will read poetry as well as performing my play with Paul.  This promises to be another great night celebrating Spoken Word and Song!  Please come along.  Cover charge is $15.  Food and drink are to die for at this largely organic, holistic, vegetarian cafe.  Aum Shanti is located at 439 Nepean Highway in Frankston. (Roughly across from McDonalds).  Hope to see you there.

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Poetry Idol & Warm Words in Winter

Dear readers and lovers of the word,

Greeting s from the Cafe Poet.  Lots of things are in the poetry pipeline now.  First up is Audition Day for Poetry Idol  at the St. Kilda Public Library on Sunday, August 7th at high noon.  Twenty terrific poets have been shortlisted for this event.  Of those twenty, the audience will choose ten to go on to become feature poets at The Melbourne Writer’s Festival performing several poems on Sunday, Sept. 4th.  I am one of the lucky twenty.  I am both wildly excited and deadly nervous.  I’ll give it my best shot!

I’m hoping to rock up at the Balnarring Muso Night on the 10th of August from 9-midnight, but even if I don’t, this is a fantastic, eclectic, cornucopia of talent Wednesdays fortnightly.  An amazing array of singers, musicians and spoken word artists frequent this evening.  At $5, it is value for money!  Come on over! 

Warm Words in Winter has been shifted to Friday, August 19th at 7pm at Aum Shanti located at 439 Nepean Highway in Frankston.  This event will feature poetry from yours truly and the delightful dulcet tones of peninsula singer/songwriter, Paul Dillon. The food and drink at this venue are pure perfection and healthy too! Make bookings on 9783-2899 and be quick as seating is strictly limited!  Hope to see you there!

I am working on a youth program called Hip Hop Word Up which will begin soon.  It is a MP Library collaboration of hip hop dancers, street artists and spoken words artists.  We will create a multi-dimensional performance at the end of the workshops. I’ll give an update on this program in my next blog, but we are looking for dancers, artists and poets in the 12-15 year old range.  Should be lots of fun!

So much to report, so little time…I’ll leave you here and return later with more exciting updates from the world of word. Cheers and happy reading or listening, Andrea



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