Australian Poetry Library

There I was, at the conference last week, talking about my age old dream for a site that would allow access to a range of contemporary Australian poetry for a micro-payment and lo and behold, I’m told that such a site already exists.

Called the Australian Poetry Library, the site is funded by the Australian Copyright Agency. They say:

The Australian Poetry Library has been developed to promote a greater appreciation and understanding of Australian poetry by providing access to a wide range of poetic texts, many of which are now out of print, as well as to critical and contextual material relating to them, including interviews, photographs and audio/visual recordings. At present the site contains over 42,000 poems, which can be searched via keywords, and which are also indexed according to some selected poetic forms and main themes. It will be progressively developed over the coming years to include work by more poets, as well as more critical and contextual material.

Through keyword searches the site will allow teachers and/or students to select poems relating to a particular subject or theme that students are studying, and to create their own personal anthologies. Teachers and/or students will be able to download and print poems for a small fee, part of which is returned to the poets via the Copyright Agency Limited. Further reproduction, electronic display, email or other communication is not permitted except in reliance on the statutory licence scheme under Part VB of the Copyright Act 1968

Well worth a look, with thousands of poems available.

Podcasting Made Easy

I’m halfway through putting together a series of audio pieces on the poet Gwen Harwood for my Year 12 Literature class; it will be a mix of students reading the poems, to students and teachers discussing the poems: Harwood; the album! I enjoy listening to podcasts, and have tried making them in the past, with limited success.

Maybe I’m a frustrated broadcaster at heart. Okay, I am a frustrated broadcaster. Maybe I just want to justify buying one of those cool retro Snowball Microphones. Okay, that too! But there’s something powerful and intimate and compelling about audio done well, and it matches beautifully with poetry.

This slideshare from Andi Kenuam shows how to get started. There’s more at Free Technology for Teachers

Poetry ISN’T Everywhere

Just heard today that the Poetry is Everywhere Conference, scheduled for April 24th in Castlemaine, has been cancelled due to a lack of enrolments. I was scheduled to do the keynote. I wouldn’t mind so much if I hadn’t already spent a few days on the holidays on it, and booked a room via Wotif. Maybe I’ll publish my presentation somewhere if I get round to finishing it all off.

Poetry is Everywhere

As I mentioned earlier, I’ve been asked to give the keynote at the forthcoming VATE day, as part of the Australian Poetry Centre Regional Festival at Castlemaine later this month.

Later this month! Eek. I better get on with it! Luckily, I’ve found that Zotero, which I posted about earlier, is proving a very useful tool for organising and collecting references as I plan and prepare the piece.

The full program for the festival is now online HERE