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Garden Lounge bookclub: "Heide" by TTO

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A private book club at Garden Lounge in Newtown. Reading TTO's epic verse novel Heide (Giramondo 2020), curated by poet Michael Aiken.

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Join us for this series of four private events at Garden Lounge to discuss Heide, the astonishing new verse novel from Melbourne writer Pi Oh.

Ticket price includes a new copy of Heide (RRP $39.95) and a complimentry drink on entry to each of the four discussion sessions, curated by contemporary verse novelist Michael Aiken.

Please note the "Heide" bookclub will be conducted over a number of months, meeting on 4 separate occasions to discuss each stage of this long and intriguing work. The ticket price includes all four sessions as well as a copy of the book.

The first session will take place Friday November 13.

Subsequent session dates will be determined once the group is complete.

About the book

HEIDE is an epic poem about history, painting, painters, patrons – the people who made modern art happen in Australia, and those who opposed it. There is a particular focus on the artists gathered around Sunday and John Reed at Heide in Melbourne, including Sidney Nolan, Albert Tucker and Joy Hester. But the many portraits which compose the work give it an ever-expanding range, evoking the larger artistic milieu, while stressing the culture’s social and economic underpinnings, from the governing role played by the wealthy and the powerful, to the struggles of the working class, the difficulties faced by women artists, the immigrant impact on the development of modernism, and the denigration of Indigenous art. But even more than the subject matter, it is the poet’s own extraordinary technique, his use of historical and scientific facts, quotations, proverbs, numbers, definitions and the visual form of the poem, which generates both the book’s encyclopaedic reach, and its Anarchist perspective. The effect is one of exuberance and lightness, so that for all its awareness of the costs involved, HEIDE is also emphatic in asserting the centrality of art to human experience. ‘Long live Art! Long live Poetry! Long live the Revolution!’

About the author

π.O. is a legendary figure in the Australian poetry scene, born in Greece and brought up in Fitzroy, the chronicler of Melbourne and its culture and migrations, a highly disciplined Anarchist who has worked as a draughtsman for forty years to support his family and his art. He is the publisher of Unusual Work by Collective Effort Press, a long-time magazine editor, a pioneer of performance poetry in Australia, and the author of many collections, including Panash, Fitzroy Poems, Big Numbers: New and Selected Poems, and the two epic works 24 Hours and Fitzroy: The Biography. Heide completes this monumental trilogy.

About the conversationalist

Michael Aiken's first book, 'A Vicious Example' (Grand Parade Poets 2014), was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, the Dame Mary Gilmore Prize and an Australian Book Design Award. In 2015 he was selected and mentored by David Malouf to write his first verse novel, 'Satan Repentant', as part of the Australian Book Review's inaugural Laureate's Fellowship. His most recent book is another poetry collection, 'The Little Book of Sunlight and Maggots', published in 2019 by the University of Western Australia.

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