Peter Bakowski – Beneath our Armour

I’m thrilled to let you know about this Avid Reader event on Monday night (8th October) where Peter Bakowski will speak about his new collection Beneath our Armour. Three local poets will also be reading their work and I’m lucky enough to be one of them, along with good friends Trudie Murrell and John Koenig. If you’re keen to come along let me know and I might be able to swing you some free tickets. Here are the details:


Join this special salon event to hear Peter speak about Beneath our Armour and hear new poetry from talented emerging Brisbane poets, Andrew Phillips, Trudie Murrell & John Koenig.

Poet Peter Bakowski’s sixth and most recent collection is Beneath our Armour, a book of poems made up of portraits of real people such as Sylvia Plath and Diego Rivera, portraits of imaginary people, and of places and things, such as ‘Portrait of blood’ or ‘Portrait of the colour black’.

Peter Bakowski has been writing poetry for over 25 years and is the author of five books of poetry, most recently Beneath Our Armour. His poems have been translated into Arabic, Bahasa-Indonesian, Bengali, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, and Polish. He has been writer-in-residence in Rome, Paris, Macau, and Suzhou, and at Greenmount (Western Australia), Battery Point (Tasmania), Broken Hill (New SouthWales) and at the Arthur Boyd estate Bundanon (New SouthWales).

Peter’s aim as a poet is to write clear and accessible poems, to use ordinary words to say extraordinary things. His first book, In the Human Night, won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 1996 and, most recently, Beneath Our Armour was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Award for Poetry in 2010.

Peter tours relentlessly, giving public and private readings to audiences around Australia. In 2009 he gave over fifty public performances of his poetry. He is a frequent contributor to arts media, including ABC Radio National. He lives with his family in Richmond, Melbourne.

Date: Monday October 8
Where: Avid Reader (193 Boundary St West End, Brisbane QLD)
When: 6pm for a 6:30pm start
Entry: $5
Booking: Avid reader


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