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Poetry at the House

Our next reading features Alan Wearne (from Wollongong) and Cassandra Atherton (from Melbourne and the U.S.). It should be a very lively night. Both poets are not short on humour. The event will be held at University House in the Graduate Lounge located in the Fellows Cafe.

Cassandra Atherton is currently a Harvard Visiting Scholar in English from 2015-2016. Cassandra has published eight books, including: Trace [with artist Phil Day] (2015) and Exhumed (2015). She is the current poetry editor of the Westerly Magazine and is known for her extensive work in the prose poem form.

Alan Wearne‘s 2016 volume is These Things Are Real, which contains five verse narratives and a selection of satiric and ‘light’ verse: ‘The Sarsparilla Writers’ Centre’. He believes that without a strong input of narrative and satiric/’light’ verse, contemporary Australian poetry [let alone poetry in the English language] would simply collapse. He is also one of Australia’s best known verse novelists.


Bookings are required: email the organiser, Geoff Page, at

Admission (collected just before the reading starts) is $10 waged, $5 unwaged, $5 University House members.

Meals are available beforehand in the Fellows Bar and Cafe at University House from 6.30 pm.

Parking at University House is best from Garran Road and on Balmain Lane off Balmain Crescent.