Charlotte Guest is a Western Australian writer who has just published her first collection of poetry. Soap is a deeply personal collection of short works that Charlotte wrote between the ages of 19 and 24. Intimate and moving, the book touches on themes of femininity, feminism and family in a beautiful collection that goes beyond a mere coming of age journey to possess broader social relevance.
Claire caught up with Charlotte to talk about the book and pouring your heart onto the page.
Local publishing house UWA Publishing recently announced a new project: they will be publishing a regular poetry imprint as a result of the increasing number of quality poetry submissions they receive. The new series will launch at their regular Sturmfrei Poetry Night, the next instalment of which is happening next Thursday 28 July.
1. Win Tickets to BSSTC’s A Perfect Specimen
Black Swan State Theatre Company presents the world premiere of A Perfect Specimen in the Studio Underground, State Theatre Centre of WA from Thursday 30 June to Sunday 17 July and we have 3 double passes up for grabs! It’s a tale about the dying days of the travelling freak show and the true story of its star attraction: Julia Pastrana, the ape-woman.
The first South West Bush Poets Festival is happening next month, from 21-26 April, and will see two of Australia’s most acclaimed, contemporary bush poets set up camp in Busselton. They’ll be taking workshops and giving performances at a couple of special events. We are pretty darn excited to be teaming up with the South West Bush Poets Festival, Abbey Beach Resort and Whicher Ridge Wines to offer one lucky reader accommodation in Busselton for 24 and 25 April, plus tickets to the Bush Poets Odyssey on 25 April, and a $100 wine voucher. Yes!