Poet Mark Treddinick returns to Bowral

Making his return: Poet and writer Mark Tredinnick. Photo: Ringo Tang.

Making his return: Poet and writer Mark Tredinnick. Photo: Ringo Tang.

A renowned poet has returned to the Highlands and will celebrate with a series of poetry workshops.

Mark Tredinnick whose many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau and The Little Red Writing Book is a celebrated poet, essayist and writing teacher.

The Bowral resident and father of five said he was thrilled to have returned to the landscape of the Southern Highlands last month. 

“It’s where my children live and I’ve been separated from them for too long,” Mark said.

“It gives me great joy to be breathing the same air as them.”

Mark said he will write an essay for the Sydney Review of Books about his return to Bowral.

“I’ll be writing about what it feels like to come back after my removal from here when my marriage ended,” he said.

Mark’s return will also see him support Bowral cricketer Will Clarke, who launched his own business recycling old cricket bats.

He will commission poems from around the world in both English and other languages to be painted on the bats for exhibition at the Bradman Museum. 

Mark was named the 2018 writer in residence at the University of Sydney, which he described a beneficiary gig.

“It is a great opportunity for me as a poet to get some work done,” he said.

“I’ll also be performing six or seven gigs on poetry and writing.”

Mark has been busy curating events for WestWords’ Wedderburn Writing Rooms and will host a series of poetry workshops to share his art with others. 

The first event of the series will be a one-day poetry workshop on June 24 from 10am to 4pm.

It will comprise of part inspiration, part technique and part practice.

Mark said the workshop was aimed at both aspiring and experienced poets.

“I want to lead people to fine examples of poetry and demonstrate how it is made,” he said. “I will give out writing exercises and present valuable feedback.” 

Visit http://www.westwords.com.au for a list of the workshops and to book.

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