Join local and visiting poets around the fire pit in the Varuna garden. Bring your own poem to read, or simply sit, listen and enjoy the magical ambience of the Writers’ House. One of the most well-loved events in the Festival program. Presented with Varuna, the National Writers’ House.

Caitlin Maling (Australian)

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Caitlin Maling is a widely published poet and critic who grew up in Western Australia, mainly in the suburbs around Fremantle. She moved to Melbourne to complete her BA in 2007, then to Cambridge to complete a Masters of Philosophy in Criminological Research. She returned to Perth and then left for Houston to complete an MFA in poetry, for which she received the WA Department of Culture and the Arts International Scholarship. Caitlin is a member of the Varuna alumni.

Mark O’Flynn (Australian)

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Born in Melbourne Mark O’Flynn now lives in the Blue Mountains. He has published several collections of poetry, most recently The Soup’s Song (Picaro, 2015), and Shared Breath (Hope St. 2017). His novels include Grassdogs and The Forgotten World (both Harper Collins, 2006, 2013), and The Last Days of Ava Langdon (UQP, 2016). In 2013 he also published the comic memoir, False Start, (Finch), and a collection of short stories White Light, (Spineless Wonders).