Writing for the Ear; Poetry Workshop with Jackson

We are delighted to announce that the poet Jackson will be presenting the next workshop in our 2020 Poetry Series. See below for details:

Thomas Campion (1567-1620) said that poetry is “a system of linked sounds”. Dylan Thomas said he wrote for the ear rather than the eye. By example, discussion and experiment, we will discover how contemporary poets use the music of language to affect the reader’s consciousness.

  • Different kinds of pause and silence
  • Types of line break and their effects
  • Consonance, assonance and rhyme, and their effects
  • An introduction to the principles underlying rhythm and cadence in English-language poetry

About the Presenter: Jackson, a much-published poet and well-known poetry performer, is also a trained adult educator with years of experience teaching poetry workshops and courses. Her poetry has been praised by reviewers in Cordite and Indigo. She has published four books as well as many poems in Australian and overseas journals, and the Fremantle Press Anthology of Western Australian Poetry includes her work. Her many guest appearances have included the Queensland and Tasmanian Poetry Festivals. She has a PhD in Writing, and her awards include the 2019 Ros Spencer Poetry Prize. thepoetjackson.com

Date: Saturday 25th July, 10:30am-1:30pm

Venue: Bon Marche Arcade
74-80 Barrack St, Perth, Western Australia 6000

Cost:$20 WAPI members/$25 non members

Participants: limited to 18, book early to avoid disappointment

Enquiries: wapoets@gmail.com

Try Booking link: https://www.trybooking.com/BKHRS

For your comfort and safety we will have Covid 19 Safety procedures in place:

  • Attendance limit: 16
  • Hand sanitiser provided
  • Venue cleaned prior to event
  • Venue set up to maximise social distancing
  • Coffee/tea available in paper cups, or bring your own cup/drink
  • List of attendees/contacts kept in the event of contact tracing being necessary



WA Poets Inc is managed entirely by volunteers and is dedicated to promoting and developing poets and poetry. We are located in Perth, Western Australia, but welcome networking opportunities with national and international poets.

WA Poets Inc relies on membership fees to help cover some of the costs associated with presenting poetry events and programs.

Membership is from 1st July to 30th June.

To become a member or to renew your membership click here.

Australia Cultural Fund Campaign

WA Poets Inc is seeking donations to help fund the 2020 Perth Poetry Festival.

Your donation will help cover costs and poets renumeration for presenting poetry readings workshops and other events.

All donations over $2 are tax deductible.

To make a donation click here

To view a draft of the Festival Program click here

To read the biographies of the guest poets click here


The 2020 Perth Poetry Festival is supported by:

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2020 Ros Spencer Poetry Contest

CertificateStreet_BL_095 cropped HorizA poetry contest from WA Poets Inc. open to all poets for original and unpublished poems of up to 60 lines on any theme with the opportunity to be included in the anthology Brushstrokes (2020-21), to be published in 2021, and to win:

First Prize       $701

Second Prize      $299

Plus 2 x Highly Commended Awards and 2 x Commended Awards

Contest is closed for Judging.

Results will be announced on Sunday 27th September as part of the 2020 Perth Poetry Festival.

This contest is proudly supported by Geoff Spencer and family

2020 Poetry d’Amour Love Poetry Contest

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As part of Poetry d’Amour 2020, submissions are sought for original, unpublished love poems for an opportunity to win:

First Prize: $500

Runner Up: $200

2 x Highly Commended Certificates**

2 x Commended Certificates**


Youth Incentive Award: $100

This Contest is closed for Judging 

To read past winning entries click here

To purchase a copy of the 2019 Poetry d’Amour Anthology click here

WAPI Covid 19 Update

Dear WAPI members, colleagues and friends,

In order to protect our communities from the spread of Covid 19 we have suspended or cancelled the events we have programed for the next month.

(If you have booked a ticket for the Carolyn Abbs workshop, we will be in touch shortly to refund your ticket)

We are monitoring the situation as it develops and will continue to reassess this and update you on a regular basis.

In the meantime we are looking at other ways we can bring poetry to you and support poets in these extraordinary times. We will stay in touch via the newsletter, email and social media.

Please email us if you have any questions, suggestions or concerns, and please keep writing. The world needs poetry now more than ever…

Take care,

WA Poets Inc

Poetry Editing

SolitudeInWriting (website)

Are you interested in joining a positive support group to edit and offer constructive criticism of your poetry?

WA Poets is running a Poetry Editing group, 10am-1pm on the second and last Wednesday of each month, from our office (Room 33, Level 2, Bon Marche Arcade. 80 Barrack St. Perth). Cost is $5 per session for WAPI members ($10 for non members). If interested, please click here and leave a message.