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Across the Waters Wide: Robyn Rowland and Friends
Robyn Rowland has 13 books, 10 of poetry. In her new book, Mosaics from the Map (Doire, 2018) history is lived in personal stories through war, change, family and friendship – in Ireland, Turkey, the Balkans and Australia. They touch on Cork, the city from which the poet’s family emigrated to Australia and where an Armenian created Hadji Bey’s Turkish Delight; Sarajevo, flowering now after a brutal war; Alcock and Brown and their pathway from POW camps to fly the first crossing of the Atlantic; Titanic with her very modern story; and Turkey, a country for blossoming friendships and love. Robyn’s poetry appears in national and international journals, in over 40 anthologies, including 8 editions of Best Australian Poems, and is on film at the National Irish Poetry Archives, UCD.
… a voice pitched always in the true register of compassion … important stories from our living past, luminous meditations that open up original avenues of vision and thought. The good poetry will always find fresh ways to negotiate between the private life and the larger history — and these are true poems of that invaluable kind. Straight from the heart. Theo Dorgan, Poet, author of Orpheus (Dedalus, 2018)
Gina Mercer is in love with words. She has published 6 collections of poetry, most recently A Dictionary of Water (Abridged) (2018). Bringing poetry out into the everyday world is a passion of Gina’s. Australian, she has performed at over 45 writers’ festivals and literary events in Australia and Canada, where her work has been acclaimed as ‘accessible’ and ‘clear’, ‘witty’ and ‘engaging’. Parachute Silk, her novel was published in 2001. Dr Mercer has published two academic books, including a critical analysis of NZ writer, Janet Frame: Subversive Fictions (UQP, 1994). She’s taught creative writing and literature in universities and communities for nearly 30 years. She was Managing Editor of the Australian literary journal, Island, from 2006-2010.
Gina Mercer’s poems are a delectable feast. Roll her words on your tongue. Savour their sound, the delicious and satisfying feel of them in your mouth. Lyn Reeves, poet, publisher.
This project was assisted through Arts Tasmania by the Minister for the Arts.
Marie Walsh is a multi-instrumentalist and music teacher. She is a triple Senior All Ireland Champion on Piano, Button Accordion and Tune Composition. She is one of the main organizers of Clifden Traditional Music Festival and is also Chairperson of the local Comhaltas Branch in Clifden. She comes from a musical family and is a well-known face on the Trad Music and Fleadh scene in Ireland as an adjudicator. She has toured Ireland and Britain with Comhaltas and is involved in tutoring many award winning groups. She is a also a much sought after teacher of music.