Updated: Jul 7, 2022
SOLD OUT - Waiting List
We have sold out of tickets for the launch, but I have opened up a waiting list in case anyone needs to cancel and other may wish to fill the spot.
MEAL OFFER - Robertson Hotel
We've just received a special meal offer from the Robertson Hotel for those attending the launch. If you are interested in staying after the readings and signing, you're welcome to book into the Hotel for dinner. The full A la carte menu is also available on top of this.
Poets Special Dinner
Choice of ONE Dish with Wine
Cacio e Pepe
Home made pasta, stuffed with pecorino, ricotta & black pepper, burned butter, sage & pine nut sauce.
Pumpkin and truffle soup
Served with toasted sour dough
Double cooked polenta and radicchio souffle
Served with a glass of wine $30
Special Cocktail available throughout afternoon/evening - The Last Word
**A la carte available also on top of this.
Please Book via: https://www.therobertsonhotel.com/the-robertson-restaurant or call 02 4885 1111
Come and spend a cool Highlands afternoon in poetry as we launch my new collection Waterlines by Vagabond Press.
[Original] Waterlines is a collection that has grown like its author in the landscape of Southern NSW: the beaches of Currarong and Jervis Bay—down the coast to Burrill Lake, along the Abercrombie River, and between the contours of the Highlands and the cliffs of Kangaroo Valley and the Illawarra. It attempts , as Rilke suggests, to approach nature, ‘To try, like the first human being, to say what we see and experience and love and lose.’ That is to say that it seeks to contemplate the complexities of fathering and older questions of being in ecological, political, and social settings we find ourselves in.
The title derives from the poem 'Waterlines to a Kingfisher' which was shortlisted for the Blake Poetry Prize in 2020; a poem that was written on the banks of the Kangaroo [Valley] River after a kayaking trip with friends. The poem formed as a response to the site of a kingfisher and the deep sense that the water served, as it always has, as a repository of human existence in myth and lore. It plunged, like the bird, into the interior—and followed, as poems do, to a question of faith, of death and life, of morality and time, and ended with the wisdom we see in the natural world each day—as long as we're looking.
Come and walk with us through some lyric poems, some sestets and haiku, sijo and cantos. And spend some time pondering the inheritance we're leaving, our own being and transmission; and if nothing else, a lovesong for our landscapes and life in this special part of the world.
These are timeless poems – long linocuts and etchings of nature and place. Ramm lays down his lines like a painter, creating sketches of family and vignettes of life. Each poem is a beachcomber walking with wonder along the waterlines of a perfect beach. —Damen O'Brien
Whatever love is for, poetry does that: Peter Ramm’s book is an instance. The collection Peter has crafted is shapely and wise and beautiful.—Mark Tredinnick
'Waterlines doesn’t read like a first collection. Which is not to say it isn’t fresh or exciting. Rather, that this is a poet at the height of their powers ... People who adore the great Australian poets Judith Beveridge or Gwen Harwood will love this collection.'—Broede Carmody, Sydney Morning Herald/The Age
Join us in the Lounge Room of the historic Robertson Hotel for a fireside reading of poetry, set in the landscapes of the Highlands and East Coast of NSW. Grab a wine or coffee from the bar and enjoy a grazing table spread with fine company.
You can book tickets here. They are FREE, but the booking helps to know numbers for logistics.
Date: Saturday, August 6, 2022
Place: The Robertson Hotel
Time: 4-5:30pm with signing until 6pm.
Address: 1 Fountaindale Rd, Robertson NSW 2577
Directions: Head about 1km out of Robertson towards the coast (east) The Robertson Hotel is located on the corner of Fountaindale Road and the Illawarra Highway.
Travelling up Macquarie Pass, The Robertson Hotel is on the left, located 1km before you enter the main street of town.
The driveway is at the intersection of the Illawarra Highway and Fountaindale Road.
Accessibility: The Robertson Hotel is a wheelchair accessible venue.
Parking: There is parking along the main driveway and down Fountaindale Road.