Literary Institute RSVP by 27
July (please indicate whether or not you'd like some food)
joanne burns talks about her work
and joanne in conversation with
Renowned as an experimental poet and writer whose
"seemingly contradictory hybrid of yarn and the vision" is
"time and again made manifest through a rather laconic, sceptical
and straight-talking voice", joanne burns joins the Memoir Club this
month to discuss how memoir and autobiographical moments sometimes
influence and infiltrate her writing.
Her "distinctive stance towards the world" has been described
as "humourous, unsentimental, never pompous or prophetic, immersed
in fleeting experiences..." and her poems are said to illustrate
"the idea of poems being built out of the detritus of
Can poems be considered a form of memoir? And, as Robert Frost claimed,
can they "make you remember what you didn't know you knew"?
joanne burns writes poetry (including prose poems),
monologues, and short futurist fictions or farables. Since 1972 many
collections of her work have been published, the most recent being
'footnotes of a hammock' (Five Islands Press, 2004), 'an illustrated
history of dairies' (Giramondo, 2007) and 'amphora' (Giramondo, 2011).
'kept busy', a CD of joanne burns reading a selection of her work, was
released in 2007 (River Road Publishing). She is currently working on
assembling a Selected poems collection, and on a new poetry collection,
'brush'. The ironic, satiric, the ludic and absurd feature strongly in
Barbara Brooks is a Sydney writer, independent scholar and
teacher of writing. She has published short stories, essays and a
biography, Eleanor Dark: A Writer's Life. Her
memoir Verandahs, which crosses into fiction, won the
UTS Chancellors Award as an outstanding thesis.
About the Memoir
Club: a meeting place for readers and writers When:last Tuesday
of every month (27 August, 24 September, 29 October, etc.) Time: 6
- 8.30 PM (come help set up chairs etc. from 5.30pm if you can - more
hands make lighter work! And at the end of the evening, help tidying up
is much appreciated too...) Where: The
Randwick Literary Institute, 60 Clovelly Road, Randwick NSW 2031 Tel: 02-9398
5203 (for directions and venue info). Street parking is available.
Clovelly bus 339 on the doorstep. For how to get there, see: http://randwickliteraryinstitute.com.au/faqs/ What: A
communal space to meet other writers and readers and converse about all
things to do with reading and writing memoir. We are interested in all
kinds of life stories and in different ways of telling them. The genre
of life writing and the possibilities of expanding and reworking the
genre is exciting to us. Therefore we have a somewhat open and
inclusive approach to what makes a memoir, and we hope you do too! Here
is a space to connect with others and share ideas, questions and just
hang out. Each meeting will start off with a talk, conversation or
discussion about a particular topic or book, sometimes with a guest
speaker or facilitator, then we move to an informal gathering and catch
at the door for hall hire, refreshments and speakers.
for a plate of delicious vegan finger food from Rosada's Kitchen
(different each meeting).
Speakers: Drusilla Modjeska (The Mountain), Mary
Zournazi (on filmmaker Agnes Varda), Adam Aitken (Eighth Habitation)
and Patti Miller (The Mind of a Thief) will join us at future sessions
to talk about their memoirs or the memoir aspects of their work.
Look forward to seeing you there! Please
do pass information on to anyone who might be interested in this
Thanks and cheers,
A historical account or biography written
from personal knowledge.
An autobiography or a written account of
one's memory of certain events or people.
"cixous writes of
her childhood experience of the story of jacob's ladder. how she
was drawn to the images of descending angels. she writes of the
dream ladder. going down. growing into the earth. the descent on
the ladder of writing will be tough. down through the body of
flesh and earth."
“Breathe in experience, breathe out
Frost said that poetry can make you 'remember what you didn't know
you knew'... In a way that is much more open-ended than prose
writing, poetry destroys walls between private and public thoughts,
between private and public emotions, between private and public
motivations... You can truly describe personal events that may
involve your familial readers with a power that is not necessarily
stark, blunt, naked or offensive. A good poem is not always
'accurate' but just the same, is always 'true'."