An International Poetry Evening took place at Laurel Villa during 2012 and featured the following three guest poets:-
Jeff resides in Maine USA. He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry, two limited-edition art books, and the co-editor of an anthology of emerging poets. He is currently Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Maine, Farmington.
In January 2012 he commenced a 6 month appointment as the Fulbright Distinguished Scholar in Creative Writing at theSeamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University.
Jeff has been working on a new collection of poems relating to his Ulster ancestor William Thomson’s emigration to America.
He is also in the process of recording emerging Irish poets for his popular website and online archive, From the Fishouse.
They participated in a range of literary/poetry events and festivals around the country and their May 26 appearance at Laurel Villa was their only engagement in N. Ireland.
Petra White was born in Adelaide and lives in Melbourne, where she works, for the moment, as a public servant.
Her first published collection of poetry, The Incoming Tide (John Leonard Press2007), was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards and the ACT Poetry Prize.
Petra is a well-respected poet nationally and co-edits So Long Bulletin, a blog on Australian poetry and criticism.
He has published eight collections of poetry. His poems have been published in anthologies, literary journals and magazines in a variety of countries, including the USA, the United Kingdom, Denmark and Japan.
Paul is a former director of publishing at the National Library of Australia, was one of the founders and is former Chair of the ACT Writers Centre and currently publishes the online poetry journal, Axon.