29 June 2011

Poems About Portraits with Samuel Wagan Watson

The ACT Writers Centre is hosting a poetry workshop for Indigenous writers this weekend.

Event: Poems About Portraits
Date and Time: 10am-12.30pm Sunday 3 July
Cost: Free. Morning tea provided
Venue: The Studio, National Portrait Gallery, King Edward Terrace, Parkes. Underground parking provided
Bookings essential on 6262 9191 or to admin@actwriters.org.au

Samuel Wagan Watson is a contemporary Indigenous Australian poet. His poetry ranges from observation of everyday experience to the effects of colonisation in a vividly direct, almost tactile, language.

His publications include: Hotel Bone (Vagabone Press, 2001); Itinerant blues(UQP, 2002); Of muse, meandering and midnight the winner of the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, David Unaipon Award for an Emerging Indigenous Writers for 1999); Smoke encrypted whispers (winner of the New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry Book of the Year for 2005).

Samuel Watson has also received a Highly Commended in both the Anne Elder Awards and the 2000 Award for Outstanding Contributions to Australian Culture.

In this workshop, participants will produce poems from portaits - undertaking a poetry commission and creating a textual landscape from someone else's art. This workshop is presented by the ACT Writers Centre with support from the National Portrait Gallery and the ACT Arts Officers.

This workshop is for Indigenous writers.