Tuesday 27 August 2013

Poets and Painters

I was privileged to be invited to take part in a fantastic exhibition which paired 32 poets and 32 painters together to create art and poetry. The works were displayed at the Bett Gallery in North Hobart for a few weeks in August. The launch was a memorable event - the little gallery was heaving with people who squeezed inside and spilled out onto the pavement on a cold and rainy winter's night, and the power went off for ages (as it did for the whole block) so people were using their phones as torches to look at the works and most of the speeches and poetry readings were held in the light of a couple of battery-powered lamps. I was paired with the talented painter Amanda Davies, who ended up creating a vibrant work using colour panels to reflect the emotions and images in my latest collection of poems.

You can read a review of the exhibition (which kindly mentions me) by Adonis Storr on the IslandMag.com here: Poets and painters

and you can see the artwork by Amanda Davies here: Amanda Davies and the poem I wrote which accompanies it here: Things that make me happy