Paul Hetherington Poetry Reading at the Keats-Shelley House, Thursday 7 January

7 Jan from 17:00 to 18:00

Join us for an afternoon of poetry reading by Professor Paul Hetherington on Thursday the 7th of January at 5 pm here at the Keats-Shelley House.

Price is included in the entrance ticket. Booking is not mandatory. For more information: 06 678 42 35/

Paul Hetherington is currently living in Rome having taken up an Australia Council for the Arts Residency in the BR Whiting Studio here. In Australia, he is Professor of Writing at the University of Canberra and Head of the International Poetry Studies Institute (IPSI). He has published nine full-length collections of poetry and four poetry chapbooks. His collection, Six Different Windows won the 2014 Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards and he has three times been a finalist in the international Aesthetica Creative Writing Competition. He was also shortlisted for the 2013 Montreal International Poetry Prize and the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize. He has has an abiding interest in the visual arts and is currently writing poems referencing works of art in Rome. He edited the final three volumes of the National Library of Australia’s four-volume edition of the diaries of the artist Donald Friend and is one of the founding editors of the international online journal Axon: Creative Explorations. In 2002 he was the recipient of a Chief Minister’s ACT Creative Arts Fellowship, and he was awarded one of two places on the 2012 Australian Poetry Tour of Ireland.

Comments on his work include:

“Hetherington is … a witty, cosmopolitan but never affected writer, with a meticulous ear and an intellect matched to his technical skills. Six Different Windows is one the finest collections of poetry this year.”—PETER PIERCE, The Age

“[T]he writing is at once simple and complex, beautiful and disturbing. These are poems to sink into, poems that are carefully crafted, born through experience and observation/intelligence, poems that deserve rereading and contemplation.”—ROBYN CADWALLADER, Verity La

“This is poetry of glowing sensuality, of urgent narrative pace, of tact in its exploration of intimate experience. Hetherington is an important poet with a growing national and international reputation, and this is some of his most accomplished work.”—SHIRLEY WALKER, Australian Book Review

“It is the sense of working for and with the whole poem … that marks Hetherington off from many other poets of his generation.”—VIVIAN SMITH, Southerly

“This accomplished volume is the kind of poetry which will provoke thought on all those shared human experiences that matter.”—ROD MORAN, The West Australian

“… his style is similarly lucid in voice, diction and image. This felicitous combination gives his poems the feel of poise, intelligence, grace and finish.”—PAUL KANE, Australian Book Review

“… Hetherington’s skill as a poet furnishes him with the tools to allow the reader a rich engagement …”—JOHN MATEER, The Canberra Times

“Paul Hetherington’s poems conjure the power of words, not just in the way he uses them, but in the way he invokes the visceral nature of language, the sheer gutsiness of writing.”—TOM GRIFFITHS

“Hetherington’s writing is immaculate; he finds the hidden nuances at the core of each person … A beautiful piece of writing, to savour.”—GLENDA GUEST, Muse magazine

“Imaginative depth, crystallised moments, and finely conceived metaphors make this … an enchanting read.”—MERLE GOLDSMITH, Island Magazine

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