St George's College and the Westerly Centre will present the Annual Randolph Stow Memorial Lecture at 6.00pm on Tuesday the 6th August 2013, delivered by the award-winning Australian poet, novelist, critic, essayist and editor, Professor John Kinsella.
Randolph Stow played a key role in the early success of Westerly Magazine. In honour of this, and to memorialise the recent passing of Stow in 2010, the Westerly Centre and St Georges College are proud to host the second of their annual lectures, after last year's inaugural lecture was delivered by Gabrielle Carey.
This year Westerly are privileged to have Professor John Kinsella, one of Australia's most prolific and highly-acclaimed writers, discuss the poetry he was unable to include in Land's Meaning (Fremantle Press, 2012), the recently published selected poems of Randolph Stow.
In his lecture abstract Kinsella writes, "Compiling the recent volume of the selected poems of Randolph Stow, I was unable to include certain poems due to the wishes of Stow himself and his Estate. Most of these poems were early works, originally collected in Act One, but there were others from later periods of a poetry practice that extended right to the end of Stow's life. This talk will consider the worth of those excluded poems, especially those written while Stow still lived in Western Australia (particularly the Geraldton region), and examine how they fit into what I am increasingly seeing as a 'scaffolding' of place, in which Stow's intense metaphysical, spiritual concerns struggled for space in his evolving spatial politics."
The Land's Meaning will be available after the lecture at the special event price of $25. Wine and cheese will also be served, but please RSVP before the event.