Poets’ Corner

On the last Thursday of every month, one of Australia’s many amazing poets features on Poets’ Corner speaking to a specific theme through their poetry.

Brett Dionysius sitting in a cafeApril’s Poet was Brett Dionysius

Poets’ Corner is WestWords’ monthly encounter with celebrated Australian poets, curated by David Ades. Each month a poet is invited to read and talk about their poetry on a theme of the poet’s choice. B. R. Dionysius was founding Director of the Queensland Poetry Festival. His poetry has been widely published in literary journals, anthologies, newspapers and online. He is the author of one artist’s book, The Barflies’ Chorus (1995, Lyrebird Press), four poetry collections, Fatherlands (2000, Five Islands Press), Bacchanalia (2002, Interactive Press), Bowra (2013, Whitmore Press), Weranga (2013, Walleah Press), a verse novel, UniversalAndalusia (2006, SOI 3) and two chapbooks, The Negativity Bin (2010, PressPress) and The Curious Noise of History (2011, Picaro Press). He won the 2009 Max Harris Poetry Award, was joint winner of the 2011 Whitmore Press Manuscript Prize and was short-listed in the 2017 Montreal International Poetry Prize.

His ninth collection, The Wet Tropics will be published in September 2022 by the Calanthe Collective (Mt Tamborine Qld). He lives in Brisbane, teaches English and in his spare time watches birds. If you are interested in supporting Brett and purchasing his work visit https://brdionysius.com.au/poetry-books/ 

As a result of COVID restrictions, Poets’ Corner has shifted from the WestWords Centre for Writing to our YouTube channel WestWordsOFFICIAL.