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
by Katherine E Seppings (MPU 2015)
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
‘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.’
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/
During the Castlemaine State Festival 2015, as a member of Castlemaine Wordmine, I had a poem included in Your Beautiful Names, a chapbook of poetry written in response to Our Beautiful Voices a collection of poems by asylum seekers. An exhibition and reading of this poetry was held in the Word Mine room, Castlemaine, in conjunction with the exhibition Out of the Darkness created by a group of Queenscliff artists and hosted by Castlemaine Rural Australians for Refugees and Christ Church.
Sat 28 March – Sun 5 April.
Read ‘Why’ by the asylum seeker and my response poem ‘Why’ here – https://katherineseppings.com/poetry/
In September 1992, I travelled by train across Canada from Toronto to Jasper, in the Rocky Mountains, where The Russell Jackson Band was playing at the Athabasca Hotel.
My poem ‘The Dance’ was inspired by Russell Jackson, former BB King bassist, master of ‘Da Blues’.
The Melbourne Poets Union will publish a collection of my poetry later this year.
Right Now has published my poem ‘Boat People’ online.
Asylum seekers were the focus of the Dec 2014/Jan 2015 issue.
Right Now’s vision is an Australia where people have informed and
inspired discussions about human rights, equality and justice.
Creative Editor, Cara Gillespie, wrote: ‘I really liked the tone, urgency and imagery you’ve produced in this piece… (the poem) really suits what Right Now is trying to discuss.’
Read the poem here – http://rightnow.org.au/artwork/boat-people/
My poem ‘Leaving Alone’ was published in Poetry Monash,
Summer 2014 edition.
can lead to
two sleepy bodies –
the other drying
It can lead to
a whole rainy day spent
in the middle of nowhere
under the car
for what went wrong …
can still lead to
who I am anymore
or who I was driving home to.
It can only lead to memories …
and I have enough to carry
(c) Katherine E Seppings