2016 Media Releases

Poetry Out Loud

01 August 2016

Celebrating the life and work of Francis Webb (1925-73) 

2pm-4.30pm, Saturday 27 August
Chatswood Library on The Concourse
Lower Ground, 409 Victoria Avenue, Chatswood 

Join award-winning poet Tony Davidson and a panel of special guests to celebrate the life and work of Francis Webb, one of Australia’s most prodigious poets and former resident of Willoughby. 

Composed in a range of styles, from humorous short verse to epics and radio plays, Webb wrote about a variety of subjects including the sea, post-war Australian cities, colonial histories, as well as religious and political figures including St Francis and Adolf Hitler. Powerfully challenging and breathtakingly beautiful, Webb’s poems explore a deeper understanding of the nature of human existence. 

Special guests on the day will include:

  • Michael Griffith (Australian Catholic University), Webb's biographer
  • David Musgrave (University of Newcastle), poet and scholar
  • Melinda Smith, poet, winner of the 2014 Prime Minister's Award for Poetry
  • Mark Reid, poet
  • Kate Middleton, poet
  • Representatives from St Pius X College, Chatswood (Webb's former school)

“Willoughby has always enjoyed a rich and fascinating history with Australia literature, playing home to two of the nation’s most significant poets, Henry Lawson and Francis Webb,” said Willoughby Mayor, Gail Giles-Gidney. “As Mayor I am thrilled that Chatswood Library hosts this annual event, celebrating the life and work of Francis Webb and giving younger generations an opportunity to learn about his incredible contribution to our cultural identity,” she said.

Items from Webb’s personal collection will be on display and afternoon tea will be held after the event.

Bookings are essential at www.willoughby.nsw.gov.au

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