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Vessels of Love @ Gleebooks Valentine’s Day Weekend

Poetry Sydney and Gleebooks present Vessels of Love over Valentine’s Day weekend, 11-14 February 2022.

Valentine’s Day Weekend at Gleebooks:
Friday 11 – Monday 14 February 2022


Vessels of Love reading event:
12-3pm Saturday, 12 February 2022


Who are the Vessels of Love? 
The Vessels of Love are poets. 


Expect new experiences through the poetry on love this Valentine’s Day weekend. Sydney and NSW poets explore the love of poetry, and love in all its forms this Valentine’s Day weekend at Gleebooks.


Six poets will share their original poetry on love in all its forms and have two examples of their poetry to handout to interested people at Gleebooks on Saturday afternoon.  The poets will be identifiable by a signature Vessels of Love T-shirt.

Richard James Allen / Carol Jenkins / Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad / Lou Steer / Mark Tredinnick / Louise Wakeling

Click on the image to read the Vessels of Love poems by Richard James Allen, Carol Jenkins, Lou Steer and Mark Tredinnick. All rights reserved.

V E S S E L S   O F   L O V E

Richard James Allen is an Australian poet and performance artist born in Kempsey, New South Wales, on the unceded lands of the Dunghutti People. Richard’s writing has appeared widely in journals, anthologies, and online, and he has been a popular reader at multiple performing arts venues, over many years. In 2021, his first novel, More Lies, was published by Interactive Press. In 2019, a collection of poetry, The short story of you and I, was published by UWA Publishing, and a suite of poems, Minimum Correct Dosage, was commissioned by Red Room Poetry. Previous critically acclaimed books of poetry, fiction and performance texts include Fixing the Broken Nightingale (Flying Island Books), The Kamikaze Mind (Brandl & Schlesinger) and Thursday’s Fictions (Five Islands Press), shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. Well-known for his multi-award-winning career as a filmmaker and choreographer with The Physical TV Company (http://physicaltv.com.au/), and critically acclaimed as a performer in a range of media and contexts, Richard has a track record for innovative adaptations and interactions of poetry and other media, including collaborations with artists in dance, film, theatre, music and a range of digital platforms.

Carol Jenkins’ most recent publication is A Crooked Stile (2019) from Puncher & Wattman, who also published her previous two collections of poetry Fishing in the Devonian (2008) and Xn, 2013—both shortlisted for Premier’s prizes — and the fabulist Select Episodes from the Mr Farmhand Series. She has been a guest at the International Festival de la Poesie in Quebec, Sydney and Perth Writers Writers Festivals, organized Science Made Marvellous a national science poetry project, produced her own radio show and judged the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Her poems have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, Russian and French.

Oormila Vijayakrishnan Prahlad is an Indian-Australian artist and poet who was raised in the Middle East. She has been published internationally in many print and online journals and anthologies including Cordite Poetry Review, The Eunoia Review, Black Bough Poetry, and Bracken Magazine. Her poetry has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and her art multiple times for the Best of the Net. She is the author of two micro-chapbooks published by Origami Poems Project. She is currently working on a full-length manuscript and serves as a chief editor for Authora Australis. 

Lou Steer is a cabaret poetry diva, performing her poetry in museums, nightclubs, festivals and even graveyards. She performs poetry to tell stories about seekers, searching for something they have lost – love, purpose and truth. She has been writing poetry and performing as a slam poet and performance poet at festivals and other venues since 2010. Lou is widely published and anthologised.

Mark Tredinnick is a celebrated poet, essayist, and teacher. His many works of poetry and prose include A Gathered Distance, Almost Everything I Know, Egret in a Ploughed Field, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book. Since 2003, Tredinnick has published over two hundred works—poems, essays, reviews, papers, and books. For twenty-five years, he’s taught poetry and expressive writing at the University of Sydney, where he was poet in residence in 2018. His many honours include two of the world’s foremost poetry prizes, the Montreal and the Cardiff.

Louise Wakeling is a poet and teacher who lives in the Blue Mountains.  Her first novel was Saturn Return (Allen and Unwin, 1990), and she is currently working on a second novel exploring family dysfunction in the 1950s-70s. Her third poetry collection, Paragliding in a war zone, was published by Puncher & Wattmann (2009), and her fourth, Off Limits, was released this year. Wakeling’s work has been published widely, including in Antipodes(2011), Contemporary Australian Poetry (2016), Caring for Country (2017) and Wild Voices: An anthology on wildlife issues (2019).

Sydney Summer Streets: Glebe Point Road closure is planned for 10am – 9pm, Saturday, 12 February 2022.

As part of the City of Sydney’s (COS) recovery plan to support communities during the pandemic, the COS have a series of road closure programs.  This local government initiative will be an opportunity for local businesses to extend their trade onto footpaths and outdoor settings.  For more information visit: whatson.sydney/summer-streets to find out more.

Gleebooks is Sydney’s leading independent bookseller. We have been in business for over 40 years, and online since 1996. We have branches in Glebe, Dulwich Hill, Blackheath and a foyer stall at the Roslyn Packer Theatre in Walsh Bay.

Address: 49 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW, 2037
Event listing: HERE
Vessels of Love FB event page: HERE

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