Robert Adamson reading at the The inaugural ‘Reading the River’ poetry reading, 17 January 2020.

As we have had to postponed the March Reading the River Reading, we are looking back at the inaugural reading which took place on 14 January this year. On Sunday we shared Anne Casey’s reading,  then we revisited Laurie Duggan and today we are uploading Robert Adamson reading  at  The Cottage Gallery at Brooklyn.

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.

The Reading the River Readings are sponsored by Rochford Street Review. The March, featuring Irina Frolova, Chris Mansell, Les Wicks, Martin Langford, Tricia Dearborn and Richard Tipping, has been postponed due to COVID-19. The following reading, on Saturday 23 May, will be reviewed closer to the date.