WORKSHOP: Stranger Readings with Felicity Plunkett (SOLD OUT)

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Date(s) - 07/06/2020
10:00 am - 12:00 pm


‘Try to read your own work as a stranger would read it, or even better as an enemy would read it,’ advises Zadie Smith. In this interactive workshop, let’s consider ourselves acute and insightful strangers to one another’s poems. We’ll look at specific strategies for redrafting work, as suggested by various writers and editors, and I’ll share some of my own approaches to my own work and other poets’. Then, focusing on the first five (or so) lines of a poem by each participant, we’ll look closely at one another’s poems and explore the possibilities of creative rewriting.

Each participant will send the opening of a poem to Felicity before the workshop, and we’ll divide the process between us so that each poet has several other poets, as well as Felicity, commenting on their draft.



This session, delivered via Zoom, is limited to 20 participants. It is now sold out.

Tickets cost $30 full/$20 concession and can be booked below. Participants will be required to send the first five lines of a poem-in-progress to Felicity beforehand.

In addition, the first five participants who book can also choose to send their full poem (up to 20 lines) to Felicity for further feedback. This will cost an additional $20; however, this option is now SOLD OUT (as of 20 May). To add on this option, select both your workshop ticket and the ‘ADD personalised feedback’ option.


Note for ticketholders (20 May)

Hello, ticket-holders! We’ve had a few tech issues with our booking system, so please — if you’ve booked already — check your inbox (/spam filter) for an email from us at

Any glitches should be ironed out by IT tomorrow morning (21/05) — and we’re here if you have any issues! 🤖🤞

If you’ve not booked yet, you’re safe to go ahead and book!


About Felicity

Felicity Plunkett is a poet and critic. Her new collection is A Kinder Sea (UQP). Her debut collection Vanishing Point (UQP, 2009) won the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and was short-listed for several awards. She has a Vagabond Press Rare Objects chapbook Seastrands (2011). Felicity was Poetry Editor for University of Queensland Press and edited Thirty Australian Poets (UQP, 2011). She has a PhD from Sydney University and is a widely-published writer of  reviews and essays. She is Australian Book Review’s 2019 Patrons’ Fellow.



This event is fully booked.