River Road Press launches

Fay Zwicky and Caroline Caddy CDs

at the Perth Writers Festival

Bringing the world home

Join two of Australia’s most important poets Fay Zwicky and Caroline Caddy to explore their new audio collections The Witnesses and The Tibetan Cabinet.  Aficionados of the most exacting of literary genres these two writers deliver luminous insights, ranging over culture and humanity from Zurich to Antarctica, while mining deep into our own backyards.

“Poetry is to prose what freestyle aerial skiing is to cricket.”

Join Dennis Haskell in the Dolphin Theatre, University of Western Australia, on 27 February 2010 to see the launch of these two landmark audio collections.

If you can’t make it to the Festival – both titles are now available on line.

Past Events

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Double Launch:

Kris Hemensley’s  My Life In Theatre

Chris Wallace-Crabbe’s The Domestic Sublime

Join River Road Press for their first big Melbourne launch of two brilliant new CDs from two of Melbourne’s best loved poets.

This really kicks off River Road Press’s  Victorian showcase with two exemplary Melbourne poets. Chris Wallace-Crabbe has had an illustrious academic life whilst being as urbane as they come; Kris Hemensley is not a university product but mixes it with the best of them, a vernacular & esoteric hybrid. They met at Betti Burstall’s La Mama cafe-theatre in the late 60s, read together at least once before the counter culture interfered! Different generations to begin with but now the truly plural melbourne scene claims them both as young-at-heart veterans!

You can check out the details of The Domestic Sublime and My Life in Theatre

on their pages here. (And Buy them while you’re at it if you can’t make it to the launch.

This is also the send off gig for Glen Fern, so it’s a moment in literary history not to be missed.

For those of you who might not know Ellen Koshland -

Ellen Koshland has created a major annual poetry event for the Melbourne Writers Festival for 3 years, in 2007 Survival in the Valley of its Making, focusing on W.H. Auden; in 2008 An Innocent Russia Writhed, focusing on Anna Akhmatova; and in 2009 Pleasure and Pain, with a focus on poems centred on the lived life of the body, including Whitman.

Ellen has acted as a judge for Victorian Premier Literary Awards: the Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction (2006) and the CJ Dennis Prize (2007).

Launch of The Road South by Mark Tredinnick’s

Saturday 27th September, at the 3pm

Book Barn, on the Old Hume Highway in Berrima

Mark Tredinnick’s first collection of poetry The Road South will be launched at the Book Barnon, on the Old Hume Highway in Berrima, on Saturday 27th September, at the 3pm for 3.30pm. The Road South will be very entertainingly launched by Geraldine Turner. Come down for the afternoon or the weekend. Late September is the perfect time to visit the Southern Highlands and take in the air and the country side that inspired this collection.

This is Tredinnick’s debut collection of poetry – an audio collection published by River Road Press. Mark has fairly recently turned his talent to poetry, and is gaining attention in all the right places. Over the last year he has collected the Newcastle Poetry Prize and the inaugural Blake Poetry Prize, an additional commendation in the Blake Prize and the Calibre Essay Prize. The Road South includes the Newcastle Prize winning poem Eclogues and Paradise which was highly commended in the Blake Poetry Prize.

“Mark Tredinnick’s poetry is remarkable for the way in which it bears astute witness to the beauty and vulnerability of both landscape and our place within it. Over and again his poems, through their keen observations and careful clarifications, deepen our understanding of the integral relationship between place and the human spirit. These poems are full of vision and affirming wisdom.”

Judith Beveridge, August, 2008

For More Information Contact: Carol Jenkins – (m) 0418216 480 or cjenkins[at]riverroadpress[dot]net

Past Events

Voice Workshop for Poets with Bill Pepper,

Head of Voice Studies, NIDA

presented by River Road Press as part of the 6th Australian Poetry Festival

Venue: Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street, Sydney

Time: Saturday, 6 Sept. 2008. A three hour workshop, in 2 x 1 hour 30 min sessions.

A workshop by Australia’s leading lpractitioner in Voice Studies to improve the way you read your poems in front of an audience.


Workshop Details

1st Session 10:00 am-11:30 am

In the first half of the workshop we will explore ways to open up and free the passageways in the body through which breath and sound travel.

We look at ways to reduce restrictive tensions which inhibit the natural rich vibrations of sound in the body

We will work to open up the ribs to achieve greater capacity and greater body in the voice.

We will free and strengthen the diaphragm and explore the connection of muscle, thought, breath and sound deep in the body

2nd Session 1:00pm-2:30 pm

In the second half of the workshop we will explore ways to energise words an make them more potent and meaningful. We will explore vowels – the emotional parts of words – and consonants – the intellectual parts – to make speech more varied and felt.


Cost $70. Bring a yoga mat or towel and wear loose comfortable clothes (no skirts). Lunch is not included.


One scholarship place (for tuition only) is available for a full or part-time student under 25 years of age. Apply to Julie Chevalier by e-mail to jchevalier[at]swiftdsl.[dot]com[dot]au , include contact details, a half page statement of interest and two of your poems by 8 August 2008.


To book a place email Carol Jenkins, cjenkins[at]riverroadpress[dot]net Places are limited and payment must be made to confirm your booking.

Bill Pepper has been Head of Voice Studies at NIDA since 1995. He has been dialogue coach on numerous theatre, television and film productions (including Moulin Rouge) and has coached many of Australia’s leading performers, including four Oscar winners.

This workshop is organised by River Road Press Pty Ltd under the auspices of the Poets Union as part of the Australian Poetry Festival 5,6, 7 September 2008.

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