Katherine E. Seppings

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Tag: Castlemaine

The Illustrator Book Launch

A successful launch of The Illustrator by Jill Barclay at the Maurocco Bar, Castlemaine.
The Illustrator, which I edited, designed and published with Sevenpens, is available for purchase from https://jillbarclaybooks.

The Illustrator is based on Jill Barclay’s real grandmother, a woman who just disappears. All her life Eileen is sure of one thing – her love of drawing and the desire to be a commercial artist. In the 1920s, Eileen’s talents are well recognised in the Goulburn Valley where she is a farmer’s daughter, but this is a place and time when women can only be wives, mothers and homemakers. A woman choosing a career over her husband and baby is unheard of.

‘Written with an acute eye for the period and a sympathy for the distressing choices a woman might be forced to make The Illustrator offers an alternative history for being female and not ordinary in the first half of last century.’   Helen Elliott

Time and place are brilliantly evoked in Jill Barclay’sThe Illustrator, which opens in rural Victoria and moves on to Melbourne, Sydney and Auckland. The novel traces the unpredictable life journey of a young woman who resists conventional expectations. Deftly shaped and written with imaginative power, this haunting novel confronts us with the mystery of a self-driven personality.’   Brenda Niall

Jill Barclay’s The Illustrator demonstrates such richness of imagination, the writing is evocative and full of charm, and the story crackles with unforgettable moments – I was immediately transported.’    Louise Swinn

The Illustrator could well reflect Miles Franklin’s character Sybylla Melvyn who turns her back on an offer of a marriage in order to travel and write.‘ Dianne Demspey

 

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Arts Open 2018

Me and my exhibition at Arts Open, Old Castlemaine Gaol. Photo by Calum McClure

More than 100 artists of Castlemaine and district are exhibiting their work and opening their studios. My photographs can be seen at the Old Castlemaine Gaol.
Labour Day weekend 10-12 March and 17-18 March 2016.

‘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/

‘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.

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.

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’ – 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

Castlemaine Cup 2

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I won my first ‘Castlemaine Cup’ in April, now I’ve won again in June at the Castlemaine Poetry Readings, held each month at the Five Flags Hotel. Melbourne poet, Peter Bakowski, the featured poet, awarded the Cup for my poem ‘Collecting Jaara History.’ I will be exhibiting this poem alongside artist Eliza Tree’s painting ‘Land Rush to Gold Rush’ at Co.lab, a group exhibition at View Point Handmade Gallery, Bendigo, featuring the collaborative work of Central Victorian writers and visual artists, part of the first Write on the Fringe Festival, the Bendigo Writers Festival fringe festival (7,8 & 9 August).