Katherine E. Seppings

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Category: Poetry

‘Love & Death in Castlemaine’ Now Available

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I launched my new collection of poems, Love and Death in Castlemaine published by Mark Time Books during the inaugural Castlemaine Poetry Festival in October.

Sue King-Smith, who edited the collection, describes the book as heartfelt and intimate, dealing with the big themes – love, death and place.

‘These poems are embedded in place, culture, history and the natural environment of Castlemaine (and surrounds). Katherine’s poems span many decades and are about community and the cyclic nature of relationships and life. They are a distilling of Relational Geography – mapping the way in which people relate and connect in a particular place.

The collection is both a celebration and a eulogy. The first poem, ‘The Road to Castlemaine’, invites us to the region. In ‘The Sounds of Chewton’, we hear the Wattle Gully mine siren for lunch and old Tex playing piano in the Red Hill Hotel. In ‘Forest Creek Goldfields’ stability is illusionary; life is riddled with mineshafts. In ‘Collecting Jaara History’, silences surround the Aboriginal heritage of Castlemaine.

There is a poem about lovers swimming in the Golden Point Res under the stars. A train carriage in the Chewton bush is described – “a vase of freshly cut wattle/food fresh from the market, an old stove fire, the smell of your rain washed hair/only candlelight.”

There are poems about relationships breaking down. In ‘The Pine Forest’, the felling of trees between the houses of the two lovers becomes a symbol of their relationship. And there are stories of people passing away. In ‘Attempt’ the protagonist is asked to hang on to the new life born of rain, after the drought.’

The chapbook is available for purchase from https://katherineseppings.com/purchase/

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‘Love & Death in Castlemaine’ Launch Photos

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Katherine E Seppings with her latest poetry collection Love & Death in Castlemaine.

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The launch of Love & Death in Castlemaine at the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.

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Sue King-Smith (right), editor of Love & Death in Castlemaine, launched the chapbook, published by Mark Time Books.

More Melbourne Poetry Gigs 2016

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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.’

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

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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

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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

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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

‘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/

Blue Giraffe 14

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Blue Giraffe 14 poetry magazine, Tasmania, presents the best of contemporary Australian poetry. Guest editor, Pete Hay, chose to include my poem ‘Avebury’.

Read poem here – https://katherineseppings.com/poetry/