Katherine E. Seppings

Art, Photography, Writing

More Melbourne Poetry Gigs 2016


I was a feature poet at Mother Tongue, Brunswick, October 14, and here I’m with Fleassy Malay (performance poet and Mother Tongue host) and Manal Younus, from Adelaide, the other feature poet on the night.
Mother Tongue is one of Melbourne’s most established Spoken Word and Performance Poetry Nights held each month as a ‘space for all to gather to hear women speak. Honest. Powerful. Vulnerable. Passionate. These evenings are deeply inspiring, moving and empowering spaces for us to share our stories.’


Reading my poems and stories at Mother Tongue, Brunswick, Oct 14.


On September 28, I read at MPU Celebrates! at the Docklands Library, with poets Bronwyn Blaiklock, Debi Hamilton, Fee Sievers, Alana Kelsall, and Robyn Peck, all celebrating our recent Melbourne Poets Union chapbooks and Debi’s MPU Poetry Competition win.

Love & Death in Castlemaine – Poetry Book Launch


Love and Death in Castlemaine
is a collection of my poems about my life in and around Castlemaine since the early 1980s, in a tribute to the goldfields and to those I have loved, and lost.
Sue King-Smith, poet, writer, and previous chief editor at Melbourne Poets Union,
will launch my chapbook – during the inaugural Castlemaine Poetry Festival.
The event is also a celebration of Mark Time Books, the publisher of the chapbook series, and there will be readings from central Victorian Mark Time poets – Ross Donlon, Tru S Dowling, Sue Gillett, Ann de Hugard, Rob Wallis, and Sue King-Smith.

Melbourne Poetry Gigs 2016

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Katherine E Seppings – Dan Poets Featured Poet –
Dan O’Connell Hotel, Melbourne, 12 March

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Open Mic – MPU Reading with Maxine Beneba Clarke and Steve Smart,
Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, 26 Feb

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Featured Poets – Katherine E Seppings, Steve Smart, Benjamin Solah, James Curtain and Maya – Tago Mago Club, Thornbury, Melbourne, 16 June


Open Mic – Girls on Key – Open Studio, Northcote, Melbourne, 6 July


Mary Cresswell’s review of ‘When Embers Dance’ – Plumwood Mountain journal

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‘Poetry of witness can come from other than battlefield trenches, blood and bombs. Katherine Seppings’ chapbook begins with horrific climate, both a heatwave and a firestorm … The poems move on, taking in more of the animal world (sheep in “Animal Liberation”, 8-9) and geographical space (“Avebury”, 11).
“Seville” brings people back into the equation (the kindness of strangers, when “All I could say was ‘gracias’”, 12) , followed by “Boat People” (“Who would come in a boat to these shores / girt by shark nets?”, 13).
By these two poems, presented one after the other, we are reminded that poetry of witness is a poetry of tension and of intolerable contrasts, not only wet versus dry but also what we pretend versus what we do:’
Read more – https://plumwoodmountain.com/mary-cresswell-reviews-when-embers-dance-by-katherine-seppings/

When Embers Dance Launch Photos

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My poetry collection launch – When Embers Dance published by Melbourne Poets Union – the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine, Nov 2015

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MPU President Steve Smart (emcee)
Ross Donlon launching When Embers Dance

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John Hannah (musician), Katherine Seppings, John Romeril (playwright) and David Wallace (craftsman)

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Poets – Wendy Fleming, Anne Elvey (editor), Tru Dowling, Ross Donlon, Rob Wallis, Mark Slattery and Ann de Hugard

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Katherine Seppings and cousin, artist, Janine Tanzer

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MPU officials Christina Spry and Wendy Fleming with Katherine Seppings.
The garden of the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.

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Photos by Maya

ArtsOpen Castlemaine 2016

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More than 140 artists of Castlemaine and district are exhibiting their work and opening their studios. My photographs can be seen in cell 61 at the old Castlemaine Gaol.
I am also exhibiting Tony Cook’s paintings in cell 62.
Labour Day weekend 12-14 March and 19-20 March 2016.

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‘Nothing to Cry About’ launch

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A joyous celebration for Joan Atherton Hooper’s memoir
Nothing to Cry About
edited and published by Katherine Seppings. Launched by Dr Paul Monk, PhD essayist and poet; emcee author Dr Lynne Kelly, at the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.
Available at Stonemans Bookroom, Castlemaine, and from http://joanathertonhooper.com/

‘When Embers Dance’ now available

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When Embers Dance
Poetry Chapbook
by Katherine E Seppings (MPU 2015)

Purchase Here 

or send a cheque for $18 (postage within Australia incl.) to: K E Seppings, PO Box 691, Castlemaine, VIC, Australia, 3450. Remember to include the book title and your name and address.

Also available at Collected Works Bookshop 1/37 Swanston St, Melbourne VIC 3000

‘When Embers Dance’ – Poetry Collection Launch

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‘Poetry that compels – that challenges, and demands to be read.’ Peter Hay

Katherine E Seppings’ first poetry collection, When Embers Dance, has been called
‘a fearless first collection.’
Published by Melbourne Poets Union, edited by Anne Elvey, Katherine’s chapbook will be launched by Ross Donlon at The Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine, 2.30pm Sunday 29 November.

When Embers Dance is ‘an empathetic and hard hitting rendering of life in contemporary Australia,’ writes Sue King-Smith.
Poems of debilitating drought, bush fires, animal exploitation and family violence are interspersed with ‘hope and quiet joy—a bar in Seville… the birth of faith in a spring garden and poetic musings over a blank page.’

‘The constant note sounded in Katherine E. Seppings’ poems is one of compassion,’ says Ross Donlon. ‘She is able to express her feelings in precise, unsentimental language and through arresting imagery.’

Order When Embers Dance Here

Poetry Matters – Winning Entry

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A winning entry in the Poetry Matters Sixth Annual Poetry Competition (2015) on the theme ‘Speaking of Love’, my poem ‘Golden Point’ was described as ‘outstanding and memorable’.
Golden Point by Katherine E Seppings takes us by the hand into a place where we face our fear of the dark, our fear of drowning, our fear of falling into nothing and disappearing. It is through love that she takes us there.’ Cheryl Howard, editor.
Also published in Issue 24 were my poems – ‘Extension of the Heart’ and ‘Centered’.
Read winning poem here – https://katherineseppings.com/poetry/