Beechworth-raised poet and Writers, Readers and Poets’ Weekend presenter Eddie Paterson will have a new title to his creative name when he returns to Beechworth for WRAP17 (February 10-12).
Independent Whitmore Press this evening (Feb 1) in Melbourne releases redactor – a new collection of poems by the University of Melbourne creative writing lecturer. Poet and novelist Amy Brown will launch the work for publisher Anthony Lynch, who says Eddie has used found texts from the everyday – emails, memos, notes, lyrics, text messages, tweets and webfeeds – as poetic material for redactor.
“Drawing on techniques from the visual arts and radical writing such as the ready-made, the cut-up and the concrete poem, Eddie Paterson reflects upon the ways in which the historical legacy of censorship intersects with contemporary surveillance technologies,” Anthony says.
Eddie will discuss redactor at Beechworth Books as part of the WRAP program on Saturday, Feb 11, at 9:30am. He will also sign copies. He will later host ‘Poets by post’, public, walk-up readings of poetry on the steps of Beechworth post office.
That evening, at George Kerferd Hotel, Eddie will host a post-dinner conversation with The Dressmaker author Rosalie Ham.
The New York Times’ Sunday Book Review wrote of Ham’s work: ‘…We sense that…once the camera closes in on the ‘tumbling brown house’ of Mad Molly, ‘leaning provocatively on the grassy curve’, it’s clear we’re visiting a small 1950s town not of history but as imagined by Tim Burton: the gothic, polarized world of Edward Scissorhands’.
Rosalie Ham was born and raised in Jerilderie in southern NSW and as a young adult ‘rushed to university because Gough Whitlam made it possible’. The Dressmaker has become a film starring Kate Winslett, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth and Hugo Weaving. Rosalie has since written Summer at Mount Hope and There should be more dancing.