Poetry in motion in Newcastle


Poetic Licence: Rebecca Wilson at a poetry slam in Newcastle. The city’s poetry culture is blossoming. Picture: Max Mason-Hubers Claire Albrecht has guaranteed that anyone who attends her new poetry event will have “interesting dreams”.

Cuplet Poetry Night will begin on Wednesday at The Beaumont in Hamilton, a venue that Claire described as a “class-oozing cafe bar which plays host to regular pianists and drag bingo”.

As well as the prospect of sweet dreams, those who attend can expect to be entranced by artistic expressionsof the beauty and absurdity of life.

“I guess being a poet has always been about recognising the madness in the world around you, and trying to put it into words,” Claire said.

She said Newcastle had a “blooming poetry scene”.

“Poetry seems to be having a global resurgence,” she said, adding that Newcastle was “a great case study of this”.

“We have, I think, seven or eight regular poetry nights each month,” she said.

“Many of these are open mic … but none are quite like Cuplet.

“What I wanted to do with this particular night is to provide an audience – not just other poets – with an opportunity to see some of Australia’s best traditional and experimental poets.”

It was her presence at a poetry nightin Glebe that sparkedthe idea for a similar event in Newcastle.

“As soon as I got back home the next day, I designed the logo and started talking to poets,” she said.

“I’m so happy with the response it has received. All these published, successful poets I’vebeen talking to are excited to come to Newcastle and share their work.”

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“They’ll also get the bonus of the best seat in the house,” Claire said.

The event starts at 7pm. Those who attend will be asked for a$10 donation at the door to help pay the poets.

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