The inaugural ‘Reading the River’ poetry reading – sponsored by Rochford Street Review


Lower Mooney Creek towards Snake Island. Photograph Juno Gemes

Rochford Street Review is proud to sponsor the

The inaugural
Reading the River
poetry reading

featuring: Anne Casey, Laurie Duggan, Robert Adamson & Linda Adair.

6.30 pm on Friday 17 January 2020
in The Cottage Gallery at Brooklyn,
10 Dangar Road, Brooklyn,
(opposite Brooklyn Railway Station)


Originally from the west of Ireland and living in Sydney, Anne Casey is author of two poetry collections – where the lost things go (Salmon Poetry 2017) and out of emptied cups (Salmon Poetry 2019). Anne has worked for 30 years as a journalist, magazine editor, media communications director and legal author. Her writing and poetry rank in leading national daily newspaper, The Irish Times ‘Most-Read’ and are widely published internationally—The Irish Times, Entropy, apt, Murmur House, Quiddity, Bazakh (State University of New York), DASH (California State University), FourXFour (Poetry Northern Ireland), Cordite, The Canberra Time, Verity La and Plumwood Mountain among others. Anne’s poetry has won/shortlisted for awards in Ireland, Northern Ireland, the USA, the UK, Canada, Hong Kong and Australia. She is Senior Poetry Editor of Other Terrain Journal and Backstory Journal (Swinburne University, Melbourne) and sits on numerous literary advisory boards.


Laurie Duggan’s most recent books are Selected Poems 1971-2017 (Shearsman, 2018) and Afterimages, a limited-edition work from Polar Bear. some of his earlier books include East: poems 1970-74 (1976), Under the Weather (1978), Adventures in Paradise (1982), The Great Divide: Poems 1973-83 (1985), The Ash Range (1987), Two Epigrams from Martial (1989), All Blues : Eight Poems (1989), Blue Notes (1990), The Home Paddock : Blue Hills 21-35 (1991), New and Selected Poems 1971-1993 (1996), Mangroves (2003), Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971-2003 (2003) , Let’s Get Lost (2005),
The Passenger (2006), Allotments ( 2011), Catnips ( 2012), The Pursuit of Happiness (2012), Leaving Here ( 2012), The Collected Blue Hills (2012), East & Under the Weather (2014). He lived in the UK from 2006 to 2018 and is now living back in Sydney. A new book, Homer Street, is forthcoming from Giamondo in April 2020.


Robert Adamson has won several major Australian literary awards including the Grace Leven Poetry Prize (twice, for Selected Poems and The Goldfinches of Baghdad), the C. J. Dennis Award, the Kenneth Slessor Prize, and the National Book Council Turnbull Fox Phillips Poetry Prize for The Clean Dark, and the Fellowship of Australian Writers Christopher Brennan Award. In 2004 Adamson won the New South Wales Premier’s History Award for Inside Out, in 2007 The Age Book of the Year Poetry Prize for The Goldfinches of Baghdad, in 2009 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry for The Golden Bird, and in 2011 the Patrick White Award. He was also the inaugural CAL chair of poetry at the University of Technology, Sydney. Adamson’s new book, Reaching Light, will be published in March 2020 by Flood Editions, Chicago.


Writer, critic, publisher and visual artist, Linda Adair’s poetry has been published in the anthology To End All Wars, and in Bluepepper, Social Alternatives, Meuse Press, Project 366, and P76. Her first collection of poetry will be published by the Melbourne Poets Union in 2020. She worked for 12 years as an editor/writer and sometime curator at the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney; has written freelance articles for a range of mainstream and professional publications and has degrees from the University of Sydney (Hons) and Macquarie University (Masters). She has a Diploma in Landscape Design and designed award-winning educational garden displays to promote sustainability for community groups. As editor of Rochford Press, in 2019 she published The End of the Line poems by Rae Desmond Jones, Open by Sarah St Vincent Welch, and When I was Clandestine by Juan Garrido-Salgado. Linda is the co-editor of Rochford Street Review with husband Mark Roberts, is a member of the Wollis Writing Group, and is preparing for a Modern Art Projects Blue  Mountains exhibition at Lyttleton Stores, Lawson, in April.

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