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Event Collections and verse Time: 5.30pm–8pm Date: Friday 10 May 2019 Ticket information: Costs apply Ticket information: Book tickets

Listen to our stories come alive as local poets share their latest work, inspired by the objects on display in The Studio. Join us for this special event celebrating collections and verse.


Join one or all of our local poets to engage with and explore the objects on display in The Studio. Workshops range from the thematic exploration of objects to the use and abuse of multiple poetic forms. Be inspired!

Cost: $55 adult, $50 concession, $45 Museum Friends. Connect 4: $180 adult, $160 concession, $140 Museum Friends. Bookings essential (fees apply)

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Friday 3 May 2019 1.30–3.30pm Line by Line with Paul Magee
Sunday 5 May 2019 1.30–3.30pm Let Objects Show with Owen Bullock

Line by Line with Paul Magee
Friday 3 May, 1.30–3.30pm

In this workshop, we’ll examine the objects with an eye to the unexpected. We’ll note those moments of surprise and hold them in mind before doing some exercises designed to allow focussed and wayward phrases to float up. Rather than attempting to satisfy some pre-established poetic form, we’ll explore how to get words that feel true to the object and the surprise it evokes. Then shift to a new line. Focus again. Then another line. In this way, we’ll work with imagination, memory and the lovely thing that is the short human attention span to generate the intensity and vividness one expects from poems about things, line by line.

Paul Magee is Associate Professor of Poetry at the University of Canberra. His first collection of poems, Cube Root of Book (2006), was shortlisted in the Innovation category of the 2008 Adelaide Festival Awards for literature. His second, Stone Postcard (2014), was named in the Australian Book Review as one of the books of the year. He is currently working on a third book, The Collection of Space.

Let Objects Show with Owen Bullock
Sunday 5 May 1.30–3.30pm

Owen Bullock was born in Cornwall, England and lived in New Zealand for 25 years before migrating to Australia in 2014. Since he began writing haiku in 1999, he has published four collections of his work. He is currently teaching Creative Writing at the University of Canberra.

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