Politics And Poetry Do Mix

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Darlinghurst NSW 1300

Telephone 02 9319 5090

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27 October 2009



Politicians, Poets and the Public will rejoice in the delights

of new verse at the inaugural NSW Parliamentary Poetry Soiree

tomorrow night.

The Minister for Consumer Affairs and Minister Assisting the Premier on the Arts, The

Hon Virginia Judge MP, will host the event that will feature special readings by two of

Australia’s finest poets, David Malouf and Judith Beveridge.

A roll-call of politicians has signed-on to share their verse on a range of subjects and

issues, along with community members, with a maximum time limit of four minutes per


“The importance of poetry and verse to bring pleasure, communicate ideas, enliven

imaginations and clarify feelings cannot be underestimated,” commented co-organiser

Johanna Featherstone, Artistic Director of The Red Room Company.

“This event supports established poets and also offers a space for others to read their

own work.

“We congratulate Minister Judge for encouraging this fun platform for generating

increased respect for, interest in and reading of Australian poetry.”

The audience will also be treated to the music of guitarist, pianist, composer and

arranger Ashley Chatto.

The Soiree is sponsored by The Week, Poets Union and the NSW Writers Centre.


NSW Parliament Poetry Soiree 


Wednesday, 28 October


Piano Lounge, Strangers’ Dining Rooms, Parliament House, Macquarie

Street, Sydney



Media inquiries: Johanna Featherstone, Red Room Company, on 0425 312 334, or

Graham Cassidy, Cato Counsel, on 0419 202317 

The Red Room Company creates, promotes and publishes a spectrum of poetry by Australian writers, in

unusual ways. The company is not-for-profit and is supported by The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation,

The Australia Council for the Arts, Arts NSW, The Ian Potter Foundation and The Keir Foundation

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