This Friday, April 4th, the wonderful Jean Kent and Judy Johnson will be launching their new books Exhibit and The Language of Light, both published by Flying Island Books from 5 pm to 6.30 pm, and you're invited. The event will take place at:
The Press Book House
462 Hunter St
These two poets will launch each others books, in what I expect to be a rather wonderful session (and aren't the covers beautiful?).
MC: Karen Crofts, Director, Hunter Writers Centre
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
These Flying Island books contain a selection of poems from Judy and Jean,
with translations into Chinese by Iris Fan.
Jean Kent, who was one of my panelists at the NWF last year, has published four collections of poetry. The most recent is Travelling with the Wrong
Phrasebooks (Pitt Street Poetry, 2012). Her books have been set for study at university and in
secondary schools. Awards she has won include the Anne Elder Prize, Dame Mary Gilmore Award
and Wesley Michel Wright Prize for books, and the National Library Prize, Josephine Ulrick Prize
and Somerset Prize for individual poems. In 1994 and 2011, she was awarded residencies at the
Literature Board's Keesing Studio in Paris, where she completed some of the poems in this selection.
I personally count both of these poets as mentors and hugely inspirational. They're writing is always powerful, distinctive and rich, and having both together in one session is a treat.