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'In October 2010 the Tasmanian Poetry Festival will be held in Launceston for the twenty-fifth year in a row. It was started by Tim Thorne in 1985…To mark this year’s milestone, some previous Guest Poets were asked to record their memories of attending and reading at the festival.' (p 44)


  • Epigraph: It was an enjoyable revel - that much I do remember about that poetry fest in Launceston in 1994, but I'm sorry I'm not up to delivering a printable piece. I should keep a diary of those times when - as P Larkin said - I go/went around 'pretending to myself' - his definition of a reading.

    Sincerely, Seamus Heaney

    [This is a handwritten note I received from Heaney in 2010. Heaney was a guest of the 1994 Tasmanian Poetry Festival, the year before he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. This was his response to being invited to submit a brief memoir for this article]

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    y Island no. 121 Winter 2010 Z1709542 2010 periodical issue 2010 pg. 44-54
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