Katherine E. Seppings

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‘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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Castlemaine Cup

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The Castlemaine Poetry Readings, held each month at the Five Flags Hotel, Campbells Creek, showcases two outstanding feature poets and holds a vibrant Open Section, of poets in competition for a ‘Castlemaine Cup’, as awarded by the feature poets.

Sarah Day (Hobart) and Stephen Edgar (Sydney), two of Australia’s finest poets, came to read in Castlemaine, in April, and awarded me this beautiful ‘Castlemaine Cup’ for my poem ‘Forest Creek Goldfields.’
You can read this and other published and awarded poems by clicking on my Poetry page above.

Castlemaine Poetry Prize 2013

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My poem ‘Forest Creek Goldfields’ received a Commendation in the Castlemaine Poetry Prize 2013.

Elliot Midland Newspapers, Mount Alexander Shire, and Soldiers and Scholar Bookshop sponsored the prize, judged by award-winning Castlemaine poet Ross Donlon. My Commended poem will be published in the Castlemaine Mail.