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Writing Western Sydney: The Readings

 The Readings is a weekly series of videos available on the WestWords Social channels.

Writing Western Sydney: The Readings is a weekly series of videos available on the WestWords YouTube channel.

Night Blue Angela O’Keeffe

Potent, haunting and lyrical, Night Blue is a debut novel like no other, a narrative largely told in the voice of the painting Blue Poles. It is a truly original and absorbing approach to revisiting Jackson Pollock and his wife Lee Krasner as artists and people, as well as realigning our ideas around the cultural legacy of Whitlam’s purchase of Blue Poles in 1973. It is also the story of Alyssa, and a contemporary relationship, in which Angela O’Keeffe immerses us in the essential power of art to change our personal lives and, by turns, a nation. Moving between New York and Australia with fluid ease, Night Blue is intimate and tender, yet surprisingly dramatic. It is a glorious exploration of how art must never be undervalued.

About the author, Angela O’Keeffe grew up on a farm in South East Queensland and now lives in Sydney. She completed a Master of Arts in Writing at UTS and has had short stories published in literary journals. Night Blue is her first book. From NIGHT BLUE Author Angela O’Keeffe First published by Transit Lounge, 2021 Reproduced by permission of Transit LoungeOther readings available are by:

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David Brooks – Animal Dreams

Malla Nunn – Sugar Town Queens

Felicity Castagna – Girls in Boys’ Cars

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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.

Robyn Rowland, an Irish-Australian citizen, has been living between Ireland and Victoria for over 30 years, and working in Turkey since 2009. Since December 2019 she has been back living in NSW, caring for her father who is now 101. She has 14 books, 11 of poetry, most recently Under This Saffron Sun – Safran Güneşin Altında, (Knocknarone Press, Ireland 2019) and This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 – İçli Dışlı Bir Savaş: Gelibolu/Çanakkale 1915 (FIP, 2015; repub. Spinifex Press, Australia, 2018), bilingual with Turkish translations by Mehmet Ali Çelikel. Mosaics from the Map came out in 2018 (Doire Press, Ireland). She has won or been listed for various prizes and awarded Australia Council and CAL grants. Robyn’s poetry appears in national/international journals in 9 countries, over forty-five anthologies, and eight editions of Best Australian Poems and in Being Human, ed. Neil Astley (Bloodaxe Books, UK, 2011). She has read in India, Portugal, Ireland, UK, USA, Greece, Austria, Bosnia, Serbia, Turkey and Italy, and is published in translation.

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