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The first ever Lennox Head Poetry Festival begins today.
The first ever Lennox Head Poetry Festival begins today.

The very first Lennox Head Poetry Festival kicks off with “Poet’s Pot Luck” this evening at Lennox Bookmark, 2/66 Ballina St, Lennox Head from 5pm to 7pm.

The festival is presented free to the public by the Lennox Arts Board (LAB) and curated by poet and Curtin University academic Susan Bradley Smith.

LAB President Martin Chatterton will open the festival, and Southern Cross University students and staff will perform an interactive, themed reading.

This features local poets Stevi-Lee Alver, Sharon Fearnside, Andrew Woods, Lynda Hawryluk, and Moya Costello.

The free event marks the opening of the festival and organisers said everyone was welcome.

Tomorrow a  “Saturday Night Poetry Fever” will be hosted by Club Lennox from 6pm.

Susan Bradley Smith’s latest book ‘The Screaming Middle’—largely set in Lennox—will be launched. This will be followed by poetry readings from some great poets, and an open mic. Bring along your poems and step up to the mic: prizes are involved and everyone is welcome to read.

A weekend writing workshop “Brave New Voices” with Lana Woolf is also on offer.  The workshop is limited to 16 participants and payment is by donation to the poet.

Email [email protected]au if you’d like to enrol. This is a two day workshop and it is essential that participants attend both Saturday and Sunday.

Poet Lana Woolf will introduce you to biomythography using a series of creative principles that will help you find your important stories to tell.

Participants will also examine performance theory and have a chance to practice and get feedback on your performance skills. These two days will be all about immersing yourself in a supported creative space that gets your poetry juices flowing. For more details of this workshop and other festival events you can expect to see around Lennox—including a pavement poetry installation, and a Sunday Sunset Poetry Picnic at Lake Ainsworth—check out the FB page: https://www.facebook.com/lennoxheadpoetryfestival/

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