Thursday, 28 April 2011

coalcliff days remembered

I’m back from Australia and in particular the Coalcliff Days exhibition held at the Wollongong City Gallery. It’s hard as yet to give a decent account of the event and my copies of the three books produced for it are still in transit. Ken Bolton has noted that 1979-1983 were years of doubt and change. That our loose group would produce work that would stand up now was probably not even considered at the time. In this respect alone the show is gratifying. As were the associated readings. The first poem in Alan Jefferies first book, Among the Living, seems now more poignant than ever with its modest announcement that he was a ‘young poet’ with so much more to do. Some of us: Ken, Pam Brown, Micky Allen, Barbara Brooks, myself, were already into our thirties yet we look impossibly young in the photographs and film footage. Anyway, thanks are due to Kurt Brereton, Sal Brereton and Ken Bolton for putting all this together.

I’ve posted more shots of the readings on the Coalcliff Days site. Here are some associated images:

Kurt Brereton: art director, cook, bottle-washer

Denis Gallagher and Ken Bolton, coffee and catalogues

Arnie Goldman, pioneer teacher, bearer of fine pastries

Sal Brereton at home in Elizabeth Bay

Somebody loan me a dime

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