3 minutes of poetic fame


The Writes of Spring

Open mic poetry readings at the Library

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Wednesday 28 September 2016

6.30 – 7.30pm (spectators) 6.00 – 7.30pm (performers)

North Eastern Writers Inc. will be presenting a free evening of poetry at the Library ‘The Writes of Spring’ on Wednesday 28 September 2016.

Come along to the Relaxed Reading Area of the Library and hear a range of emotive poetry and prose readings from members of the North Eastern Writers and the general public.

Or if you are a budding poet why not perform your piece? It costs $5 to participate and there is a three minute limit for each performer.  Registration is from 6pm.  Bare your soul, make a social comment, make us laugh or rap.  Whatever your style of poetry, you will be welcome.

A wine and cheese supper will be served.  Book online or telephone the Library on      8397 7333.





Our Slouch Hat Soldiers on show

Brothers in Arms

They served the same cause,

Fresh-faced boys departed,a new breed of diggers returned,

toughened by violent events.

They knew what was expected of them,

battle savvy,

they backed each other,

fought off insanity with humour,

got the jobs done.


They witnessed events

no one should see,

did things they’d rather not talk of,

fought battles

long after they had ended.

And in this chasm of hell

A special breed of mateship grew.

Second World War 1939 – 1945.  Robert John Jarrad, Page 47, Slouch Hat Soldiers Generations at War, an Echoes Downunder publication, 2014.

Robert John Jarrad speaks about his poety at the Tea Tree Gully Library.

Robert John Jarrad speaks about his poety at the Tea Tree Gully Library.

When local retired engineer, military gunner, artist, didgeridoo player and writer Robert John Jarrad launched his first book of poems Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations at War at the Tea Tree Gully Library in March 2014, there was standing room only.

Accompanied by illustrations from by internationally acclaimed military artist Barry Spicer, Robert’s collection of poignant war poetry focuses on Australians who enlisted when their country called.  Robert based his poems mainly on the powerful stories and images told to him by his nineteen relatives – including his father and grandfathers – who had enlisted and served in World Wars I and II, and in the Vietnam War. As we hear in his poem Brothers in Arms, Robert’s poems give us an insight into the harsh realities of war, but he also describes the mateship between soldiers and how they used humour to cope with their dire situation.

Robert hopes reading his poems may help a new generation of Australians to understand what it was like to go to war and how those who served were prepared to give their lives for their homeland that they loved. Moreover, they came back forever changed by their experiences.

Since the launch of Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations at War, Robert Jarrad has toured around Australia, speaking to community groups about his book. He has been invited to several Centenary of Anzac events. In 2015, Robert’s poems, selected from his book Slouch Hat Soldiers-Generations at War, were performed at the Australian War Memorial’s ‘Of Words and War’ Anzac Centenary poetry event.

Now Robert’s literary achievement has been honoured once again. Some of his poems will feature prominently in the upcoming Wish me luck – an Anzac Centenary photographic exhibition, which pays tribute to South Australia’s World War II veterans. The exhibition is showing from 9 July to 11 September, in the Flinders University City Gallery, located within the State Library of South Australia on North Terrace.

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‘Poster boy’ for the Wish Me Luck exhibition, Vale Clifford (Cliff) Bryce sits aside his portrait.

Curated by Sharon Cleary (Veterans SA) and Louise Bagger (AIPP), the Wish me luck Exhibition has grown out a special nationwide project, which began on Anzac Day 2015. The Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) photographed Australia’s surviving World War II veterans, many of whom are now in their late nineties.  In South Australia 1050 portraits were taken over a seven month period.

Veterans SA is partnering with AIPP, Flinders University Art Museum and Atkins Photo Lab to present 100 photographic portraits of those who served in the Navy, Army, Airforce and Medical Corps from SA during WWII. Entry is free.  The Flinders University City Gallery is open Tuesday to Friday from 11am – 4pm and Saturday and Sunday from 12 – 4pm.

A series of public talks will accompany the ‘Wish me luck’ exhibition.  Come and hear Robert reading from Slouch Hat Soldiers on Sunday 4 September at 2.00pm at the Flinders University City Gallery.   RSVP essential to 08 8207 7055. Copies of Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations at War, will be available for sale.  Part proceeds of all book sales will benefit Legacy.

Bob Jarrad Wish Slouch Hat SoldiersYou can also borrow Slouch Hat Soldiers – Generations at War through the One Card Network. Search the online catalogue or enquire next time you visit the Library.

Discover more about Robert Jarrad and his acclaimed book Slouch Hat Soldiers.  You can also explore the 100 Years of Anzac website.  Read more about the Wish me luck exhibition and Robert’s poetry reading.

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Bob Jarrad at the launch of his book Slouch Hat Soldiers

Over 120 people packed the Library’s Relaxed Reading Area to see SA writers Jude Aquilina and Patrick Allington launch Bob Jarrad’s new war poetry book, Slouch Hat Soldiers: Generations at War.

Featuring a collection of high quality, emotive and thought provoking poems, coupled with the incredible artworks of Australian war artist Barry Spicer, Slouch Hat Soldiers: Generations at War is a very personal, yet universal account of three wars that Australians have been involved in.

Inspired by his grandfather’s war diary and collection of medals found in a tin at his father’s house, Bob was drawn to uncover the experiences and history of his family’s involvement in major conflicts and make them accessible to all through poetry.

Bob’s book has made such an impact in the veteran community, that it has made it’s way to the National War Memorial, to future Governor General, Gen. Peter Cosgrove and to the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Copies of the book are available to purchase from the Slouch Hat Soldiers website or borrow a copy at the Library.


A Month of Poetry

September has seen an abundance of creative verse vocalised, written, and discussed at a range of poetry themed events in the Library. Early September featured ‘Are you brave enough to be a poet’ a forum on poetry presented by local publisher Ginninderra Press. Local poets recited their works and then fielded questions from the floor in a forum discussion. Friendly Street Poets, a South Australian institution, held one of their monthly evening readings at the Library, featuring twenty poets reciting works, from deep and thought provoking verse, to humorous poems, limericks and haiku. North Eastern Writers’ Inc launched their first poetry anthology, NEW Voices at a special event at the Library at the end of the month. Published poet and SA Writer’s centre staff member and disability writer-in-residence, Jude Aquilina launched the event with ten of the NEW Inc poets reciting works that appear in the anthology. It’s great to see such a range of talented people from the local area presenting their work and also seeing it in print!

Poetry Slam heats are here!

…well in a couple of weeks anyway. The National Poetry Slam heats will be held at 5 different locations this year, starting off with Unley on October 7th at the Unley Town Hall. Registration starts at 5pm and the event kicks off at 5.30pm. Slammers get 2 minutes to recite, sing, howl, speak, rap, growl, whisper their poem and will be judged by random people in the audience. Full rules can be found here. There’s a maximum of 20 slammers at each heat, and there’s no pre-reg so it’s essentially first in, first serve. The first 15 slammers will automatically get a spot, the remaining 5 will be randomly drawn from a hat.

Tea Tree Gully has partnered with Port Adelaide Enfield this year so our heat is held at Greenacres Library, 2 Fosters Road, Greenacres on Thursday October 14th. Registration starts at 6.00pm and the event starts at 6.30pm. Further info from the Poetry Slam Website.

Are you brave enough to be a poet?

Local publisher Ginninderra Press are hosting a free public forum at the Library on Sunday September 12th. As described by Stephen Matthews from Ginninderra it’s “a discussion chaired by Sharon Kernot with guest speakers Brenda Eldridge, Jill Gower and Gary MacRae followed by readings by local poets including Graham Catt, Max and Jaqui Merckenschlager, John Sabine and Ros Schultz.” More info on our website. Cheese and wine will be supplied!

Jill Wherry launches her CD

Local humorous bush poet Jill Wherry returns to the library to launch a CD recording of some of the poems from her recently published collection Definitely not Shakespeare. Featuring trademark poems like ‘Shopping for a bra is hell’, Jill will delight with her wit and humour at this special event. Next Wednesday September 1st from 6.30pm. Check out the website for more info.

‘Just your Everyday Apocalypse’

just-your-everday-apocalyse…will be one of the books that South Australian poets Amelia Walker and Graham Catt will be reading from when they come to the library on April 22nd. Both Amelia and Graham have recently published collections of their poetry, Amelia’s in ‘Just your Everyday Apocalypse’ and the-hieronymous-boschGraham’s in his chapbooks ‘The Hieronoymus Bosch Shopping Mall’ and ‘The Inverted World – Wagtail 84’, all three of which will be available for purchase on the night. Come along for a fantastic and emotive night of wine, cheese and poetry! Further information is available from our website.

Definitely not Shakespeare!

jillwherryLocal poet Jill Wherry is set to entertain on Friday the 27th of February! Reciting some of the humourous verse from her recently published collection of poems in  ‘Definitely not Shakespeare’, Jill looks to amuse and delight the audience with her wicked sense of humour.

Check the website for event details, and the library has a copy of Definitely not Shakespeare available for loan.