The river and the sea: Robert Adamson and Brook Emery | Sunday 2 September 2018 | 2-3pm

 The river and the sea: Robert Adamson and Brook Emery

Robert Adamson and Brook Emery have happily (mis)spent much of their lives on water, Robert on a boat fishing on the Hawkesbury River, Brook swimming and surfing in the Pacific Ocean. In this reading, the two poets will explore their different relationships with water and the ways in which the river and the sea influence their poetry.

Robert Adamson is an internationally recognised poet and one of Australia’s most respected and awarded writers. From Canticles on the skin (1970) to Net needle(2015), his 13 collections have won just about every prize available, including the NSW and Victorian Premiers’ prizes, the Age Book of the Year, the CJ Dennis and Banjo awards, and the Grace Leven prize, and he has been awarded both the Christopher Brennan and Patrick White prizes for lifetime achievement. Adamson was the inaugural CAL Chair of Poetry at the University of Technology.

Brook Emery’s most recent book is Have been and are. His first book, And dug my fingers in the sand, won the Judith Wright Calanthe Prize at the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. His publications Misplaced heart and Uncommon lightwere shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, and Collusion was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier’s Literary Awards.

WHAT: Of bread and circuses: four poets on contemporary poetry
WHEN: 2-3pm | Sunday 5 August 2018
WHERE: Brett Whiteley Studio, 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills

First Sunday of the month, 2pm, March – November 2018
Free | Duration 1 hour
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The Brett Whiteley Studio at 2 Raper Street, Surry Hills was the workplace and home of Australian artist Brett Whiteley, (1939-1992) and is managed by the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

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The Studio is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, 10am-4pm.  Closed over Christmas and New Year weekends.

Free admission made possible by J.P. Morgan