Posts Tagged ‘Byron Bay’

Celebrating Poets and Community

April 12, 2014  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Celebrating Poets and Community

Poetry is about connecting and in this area, Dangerously Poetic Press makes it our mission to use poetry to bring people together as community. The words touch us in our tender places and remind us of our common humanity.



Ahuddle of poets warming up 







About 70 people came along last Friday to celebrate the launch of Dangerously Poetic’s 11th publication, Salt Breezes, poetry from Byron Bay and beyond.  


As poet Ross Donlon says in the foreword;  If a very simple definition of art is that it helps us to see the world a little more clearly and to experience the world with a little more profundity then here is a collection from the 18 poets that will surely add to our sense of being alive.”

Held at the Brunswick Heads Primary School, the audience savored the singing of Mark Heazlett on guitar  and Belinda McKenzie on fiddle. Music creates the atmosphere of deep listening, preparing the audience for the lyrical language to come.JohnMark and BelindaAward- winning  historian and author, John Bailey praised the collection in his launch speech. He found the poetry “moving and accessible” and especially enjoyed the descriptions of familiar local landscapes.audience2Sixteen of the eighteen local poets featured in the anthology attended the launch. Fourteen of these read in a tightly orchestrated performance, each poem thematically connecting to the next.  To enhance our skills at performing our poems, we did warm ups with Kathryn Riding, a talented voice teacher from Brunswick Heads.



There was laughter and tears as the readings progressed with a great clamor to purchase copies of the book at the end.


With toasts, and fine food provided by Liz Jackson of Celebrations Catering, there was a warm appreciation of the many talents shared in the Northern Rivers community.

all poets

Salt Breezes is available for sale at the Mullumbimby Bookshop and through paypal on this

Poetry chill-out tent

August 28, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Poetry chill-out tent

Dangerously Poetic brought our poetry “wish list”  to Candy at the Northern Rivers Writers Centre back in January based on our experience of the past 15 Byron Bay Writers festivals.  It was amply fulfilled. We applied for and received a grant from The Sidney Meyer Foundation to pay for a tent and musicians as  we have found the marriage of music and poetry important to its enjoyment.

The Poetry Chill Out tent offered what we dreamed it might, an intimate space for poetry to flourish.  One poet called it a “sanctuary” and another an “oasis”.  Featuring guitarist, Robert Ood on Friday, flutist Paul Kimmel on Saturday and guitarist David Ackerman on Sunday,  the gentle live music offered a welcome short break from words for many of the participants as well as the poets and writers who presented elsewhere.
We had many unexpected surprises.  Poets  stopped by and were eager to be slotted in for a half hour reading. Alison Wong, Teresa Bell, Robyn Rowland, Lorraine Marwood, and Libby Hathorn each did half hour readings to audiences that ranged from 15 to 35. One highlight was Teresa Bell’s impromptu decision to launch her book from the tent instead of the launching pad as she preferred the cozy ambience.
At times, the tent was spilling out into the sun and other times were quiet.  It was a pity the Chill Out tent wasn’t in the program as many found it difficult to find us.  However, we printed flyers and handed out as many as we could which brought people in.

Many enjoyed the free shoulder massages, aromatherapy and a place to write passion poems.  The winning passion poem, haiku by Angela Helen Smith, captures the mood.

in the tent
passionate voices
canvas flapping

Most popular was our 3pm Open Reading each day and the quality of poetry read was refreshing.  We encouraged visitors to the Chill tent to attend Saturday night and many who had stopped by were there at the theatre.  The Sat night event was fun and different and touched many new to poetry events.

Sunday morning we offered our session at the Performance Tent, A Passion For Nature. This attracted more people than expected with all the competing events at those times.  There was great feedback about The Songbirds led by Alison Mackay. The chance for 3 festival poets, Susan Bradley Smith, Edwin Wilson and Robyn Rowland to read more extensively than elsewhere was much appreciated.  Also our 2 award winners for the DP/BB Writers Festival prize were there to read their poems.  Our time was a bit short so they were rushed which was too bad but they were good sports about it.

All in all, our vision which was to give poetry a bigger profile at the festival was well and truly manifested.

Announcing new National Poetry Competition!

April 24, 2011  |  Uncategorized  |  Comments Off on Announcing new National Poetry Competition!

I am delighted to announce that Dangerously Poetic is co-sponsoring the Dangerously Poetic Byron Bay Writer’s festival poetry competition this year!   Poetry is set to have a larger profile at the festival and Dangerously Poetic will have a marquee dedicated to A Passion for Poetry. We will also host a 2 hour poetry reading on the Sunday where the judge, Robyn Rowland, will announce the prize winners and they will have the opportunity to read their winning poems.

This national poetry prize will be awarded at the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011 on Sunday, the 7th of August.

Poets are invited to write up to 40 lines on the theme-                                                                                                A Passion for Nature and our place in it.

Judge: Dr. Robyn Rowland AO

First Prize : $500, a 3 day pass to the Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011, publication in Dangerously Poetic’s upcoming anthology ( projected launch date 2/2012), a free copy of the anthology and chance to read the poem at the festival.

Second Prize : $ 100, a 3 day pass to Byron Bay Writer’s Festival 2011, publication in DP’s upcoming anthology ( as above.)

• Entry fee: $10 first poem, $5 for each additional

• Poems will be no longer than 40 lines, single spaced, Times New Roman 12 pt.

• Poems shall not have won a competition, been previously published or under consideration elsewhere. Winning poems must be available for publication in anthology.

• Closing date is 15th June, 2011. All poems must be received by this date to be considered.

• No author name on poem.

• Please enclose 2 copies of each poem plus one entry form or email poems and entry form as .doc attachments to

• No poem will be returned, no communication will be entered into.

• Judge’s notes and final results will be posted on

Good Luck!

Download the entry form:

Word version

PDF version

Pay for your entry here:

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