Want to be a Cafe Poet at Mornington Library?

Then we would love to hear from you!

Our Library has partnered with the Australian Poetry Centre (APC) to offer a local poet the opportunity of a six month residency at Mornington Library.    This special program will provide a local poet with space to write on a regular basis, complimentary tea or coffee and the chance to collaborate with Our Library on an event. Local poets are invited to submit hard copy applications with the following information for consideration.

Applications close Friday 27 August:

  • All contact details.
  • A statement outlining why you would like to be the Cafe Poet.
  • A statement regarding a personal objective or what you would like to achieve during the six month residency.
  • A statement regarding a public objective to benefit others, such as presenting a reading or workshop, etc. at the end of the residency.
  • Five sample poems.

The hard copy applications should be posted to:

Cafe Poet Residency
c/- Library Marketing and Development Coordinator
Mornington Peninsula Library Service
Private Bag 1000
Rosebud Victoria 3939

A selection panel will review the applications and the successful candidate will be contacted in September. Correspondence will be sent to all applicants in late September to notify them of the decision. 

What is the Cafe Poet Program?
The Australian Poetry Centre’s Cafe Poet Program was established in 2009 and aims to promote poetry while strengthening community relationships.

To date, this nation-wide program has provided over 30 poets with the opportunity to develop their writing in a supportive environment. The Australian Poetry Centre is based in The Wheelers Centre in Melbourne.

The Cafe Poet will be required to visit and work at the Mornington Library at least two times each week throughout the six month residency. It should also be noted that no remuneration will be provided.

However, Our Library will be able to assist with a tea or coffee voucher for each visit. We will also be able to provide the Cafe Poet with unlimited free reservations for items in Our Library’s collection throughout the residency.

The Cafe Poet will also be expected to collaborate with Our Library on a special event at the end of the residency. Our Library will negotiate other opportunities with the selected poet in regard to promoting their writing. This may involve being available for interviews or photo shoots with the local media.

Who can apply?
Applicants must be:

  • At least 18 years of age.
  • A member (or willing to be a member) of Our Library and the Australian Poetry Centre.
  • A local resident (i.e. a resident of one of the towns governed by Mornington Peninsula Shire Council).

When is the residency expected to take place?
Between October 2010 and April 2011. However, this will be negotiated with the successful applicant.

Other opportunities for local writers
The Cafe Poet Program is the third initiative for local writers to be announced in recent months. In May Our Library introduced regular Live’n’Local readings at Mornington and Rosebud libraries and The Mornpens List, which invites published writers to submit their details online.

Don’t forget! Applications close Friday 27 August
We look forward to receiving your Cafe Poet application in the post!


‘Culture and Creativity on the Peninsula’ & Radio 3RPP

From last week a new promotional opportunity started.  Laurie West from 3RPP’s ‘On the look out’ program Wednesday afternoons is ‘hotting’ up with the inclusion of a new segment.  Andrea Ebsworth from Mornington Peninsula Shire will present  ‘Culture and Creativity on the Peninsula’ at 2pm on the third Wednesday of each month. 

If you would like to have your arts, cultural or heritage news cross-promoted through these new ‘platforms’ then email andrea.ebsworth@mornpen.vic.gov.au to have your news posted on the Arts Blog Site and will then be mentioned on 3RPP.  

Over the coming months Andrea will be inviting local ‘arts champions’ to join her in discussing culture and creativity and highlight the rich array of activity going on across the Peninsula.    For example:  “3940Arts Wetlands Project: developing theatre, script writing and  music opportunities for local people in Rosebud West.  The Rosebud Community Renewal Project is exploring innovative and inclusive ways for people  to become aware of their communities and the natural environment by using the arts to build skills and strengthen connections to place”.

Follow-up Music Forum Workshop


The Music Forum photo by Hadyn Godony from the Independent Newspaper

 A second Music Forum Workshop will be held on Tuesday September 14 @ 5pm in the Meeting Room at Mornington Library for those interested in establishing a Music Network and the development of strategies to increase music activity and appreciation across the Peninsula.

If you missed the first forum but would like to contribute your views and ideas by attending the second Forum Workshop contact Andrea Ebsworth, Cultural Planner at Mornington Peninsula Shire on 5950 1716 or email andrea.ebsworth@mornpen.vic.gov.au

Light refreshments: Finger Food, Tea & Coffee will be served RSVP Andrea

Yes You Can Sing Heart and Soul Singing Classes

Adult Singing Classes in Red Hill, Sorrento and Rye.  A short course designed for people who desire an introduction to singing in a group atmosphere. These classes are the perfect way to learn the basic techniques to improve strength and agility in your voices.  Folk , Popular and Choir Songs learnt – singing in various forms. Cost: 6 week short course for approx 1 hr each class $150

 Group Singing  Lessons for Children at Red Hill Consolidated School.  Students commence learning short folk songs developing beat rhythm and pitch. They will learn breathing techniques, articulation and develop their voice to sing with confidence learning songs in rounds and harmony. Working within a small group they learn to work and assist each other, challenging their voices and share the universal language of music.  Percussion instruments will be played with these lessons. A maximum of 9 students can enrol in these 50 minute classes Cost: 6 week term $120

Piano/Singing and Guitar/Singing Class for beginners, adults and children.  A combined class developing pitch, beat and rhythm skills and singing techniques.  Supporting students to re-visit or commence guitar or piano and learning easy to play songs that they can sing along with in their leisure Cost: 6 week term $240

Private Singing Class at Yes You Can Sing Studio In-depth individual classes focusing on learning breathing techniques, articulation, vocal exercises, developing a vocal range, performance skills, expression, creativity and knowledge of the music language.  Cost: 6 week term $210 per term

Sing From Your Heart & Soul, weekly in Red Hill on Wednesday nights.    Get together and sing songs learnt in private classes  and to connect with other singers.  Cost: $10  

Gift Singing Lesson Vouchers  now available for the person who may need a little encouragement to sing sweeter!!      Cost: 2 lessons $70

 Little Rockin Robins  – Early Childhood Music Development Sessions  Little Rockin Robin sessions foster a love and enjoyment of music with parent/carer and child interacting playing percussion instruments, singing songs and rhymes, playing imaginative games, moving and grooving in a happy supportive atmosphere.  These session are a perfect pre-instrument education developed for Babies to Pre-School children. 

For further information contact Colleen Rees on 0438 896 184 yesyoucansing@bigpond.com

Book Launch: Outer Site: the intercultural projects of RMIT Art in Public Space

Since the early 1990s artist and public art curator Geoff Hogg has been director of RMIT’s Art in Public Space, the only department of its type in Australia, and which has initiated dozens of large public art projects throughout the world.

With a foreword by leading US writer, curator and activist, Lucy Lippard, introduction by RMIT’s head of art, Professor Elizabeth Grierson and essays by head of department Geoff Hogg, curator Tristian Koenig, artist Maggie McCormick and lecturer Kristen Sharp, Outer Site: the intercultural art projects of RMIT Art in Public Space details the development of public art throughout the world and extensively documents through text and images, the evolution of many projects over extended periods – from conception to completion.  

RSVP  26 July  McCulloch & McCulloch on 03 59 898282 or email rsvp@mccullochandmcculloch.com.au

An Armchair Guide to Contemporary Aboriginal Art

McCulloch & McCulloch Art Books are delighted to be presenting throughout July, August and September an imaginative illustrated lecture series with the Monash Gallery of Art in conjunction with their exhibition ‘Living Deadly: haunted surfaces in contemporary art’.  

 This four-part course will provide an in-depth and insightful introduction to contemporary Aboriginal art for the beginner, enthusiast and collector. Each lecture focuses on a distinct aspect of Indigenous art including symbols, mark making & colour; The Big Myths; New Media and our first hand report on the Darwin and Cairns Aboriginal Art Fairs and the Aboriginal art industry. Over the course you will develop a keen understanding of the vast and diverse field that is contemporary Aboriginal art.

Places are limited Bookings essential 03 8544 0500 Full series subscription* Single sessions $35 General public. $30 Friends of MGA. *Subscribe to the FULL SERIES and receive a complimentary copy of the best-selling book McCulloch’s Contemporary Aboriginal Art: the complete guide.

Session One: 22 July 7-8PM Session one: Symbols, Mark-making & Colour 29 July 7-8PM

Session Two: The Big Myth 5 August 7-8PM

Session Three: New media & city-based artists 2 September 7-8PM

Session Four: Fresh from the festivals

For further information contact McCulloch & McCulloch on 03 8544 0500

National Youth Week 2011 Poster Competition

Would you like to design the artwork for National Youth Week (NYW) 2011?

The NYW Poster Competition is currently open.  All you need to do is design a creative poster that incorporates the words ‘Own It’ – the theme for NYW 2011.  Your poster should reflect the fun, celebratory nature of NYW.   All budding young designers aged 12-25 are encouraged to visit www.youthweek.com for more information – you could get national attention for your design as well as win a cash prize!  But you have to be quick – entries close 11.59pm AEST on Sunday 25 July.

What’s On @ Southern Peninsula Arts Centre Rosebud (SPAC)

Saturday July 10 @ 8pm  A big show, featuring one of the country’s most exciting, dynamic and talented 8 piece bands performing a contemporary presentation of Roy Orbison’s music.  Powerful classics like In Dreams, Crying, Running Scared, Pretty Woman and Leah will stir your emotions.  The “Friends” of Roy featuring songs from Traveling Wilbury’s, The Mavericks, J.D.Souther, and Chris Isaak.









Tickets: $35, Conc. $30 To reserve your seats go online at http://www.rsc.vic.edu.au/ (credit card required) or buy  tickets at the Blue Bay Café in McCrae or on the night at the door. This is presented by Drawcard Entertainment.

Coming Up…Thursday August 5 @ 8pm A comedy night with Robbins, Stilson & Molloy  After a sell-out Melbourne International Comedy Festival run Mick Molloy, Glenn Robbins and Jeff Stilson are taking their hilarious show on the road!   After years of TV, film and radio appearances, the three comedians have gone back to their roots – standing behind a microphone in front of a roomful of punters.   Three men, a microphone and 90 minutes of some of Australia’s best comedy.

Tickets: $39.90, Conc $34.90 available now online www.rsc.vic.edu.au or phone 5986 8204 and leave your details. Suitable for ages 15+

More on Robbins, Stilson & Molloy… Logie nominated Glenn Robbins has been acting and writing in comedy for well over 20 years.  When he takes the stage you’ll see a new side of the man best known for his time on The Comedy Company, Fast Forward, The Panel, Kath and Kim and most recently Out of the Question on Channel 7.  Hosting the evening, Robbins will introduce two very different stand-up acts.

 The enigmatic Mick Molloy is one of Australia’s most successful and well-known comedians, often wearing the writer, actor and producer hat as well.  Having been part of Martin/Molloy, The Late Show, Crackerjack and most recently Channel 10’s Before the Game Mick will engage the audience with his witty banter and topical dissection of news.

 Joining the familiar Robbins and Molloy on stage is international sensation Jeff Stilson.  Familiar to local audiences through his many appearances on The Panel, Stilson has been nominated for 14 Emmy Awards (winning two) for comedy writing and producing and his twenty year stand up career has included regular appearances on Letterman, Conan and Jay Leno. Stilson brings a dry US wit to the stage with his stories of family, life and living in Australia.

 Onsale next week: ‘The 3 Tenors’ Friday October 8 @ 8pm

 ‘Spontaneous Broadway’ Friday October 15 @ 8pm

Starting in Sept *Improvisation drama workshops with Jim Lawson Yr12 –adult*

For further information on performances and activities at the Southern Peninsula Arts Centre                                  Contact:  Cathryn Sansom, Tues & Fri on 03 5986 8204   m:0447 586 859 or e:sansom.cathryn.l@edumail.vic.gov.au  The Southern Peninsula Arts Centre is located at 245 Eastbourne Rd, Rosebud Vic 3939 (Rosebud Secondary College)

To buy tickets online go to the Rosebud Secondary College website www.rsc.vic.edu.au. On the left side of page there is a link BUY TICKETS.  Click on this, select the show name from list and follow prompts, select number of tickets, select type of tickets, Use MAP option to select your seats or BEST for automatic selection. Pay online with Visa/Mastercard.  Print your tickets at home or collect from the Box Office on the night.

Interfaith Festival Art Exhibition opportunity

The Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Network is inviting artists to enter works for the 2010 art competition titled Sacred Symbols.

The theme aims to increase awareness of the diversity of symbols used to express sacredness.

All accepted works will be exhibited at the Mornington Peninsula Interfaith Festival which will take place at the Peninsula Community Theatre, (PCT) corner of Nepean Highway & Wilsons Road, Mornington, on Sunday November 14, 10:00am – 6pm.

To enter online go to: www.interfaithfestival.com.au/art-competition

For further information contact Lakshmi on 0411 126 226 or email to art@interfaithfestival.com.au

Mornington Peninsula Writers

For those writers in the community wishing to meet other like-minded people, or if you would like to start writing and wish to learn more then the  following connections could be the answer.

Mornington Community Writers, meets Fridays, two groups – morning and evening, 10am or 7.30pm,
Fun for budding writers.
Contact 03 5975 4772
Community House  9-11 Albert Street Mornington

Peninsula FAW, Second Sunday of every month 1.45pm, Promotes writing and writers and Produces a members anthology of poetry and prose annually
Contact 03 9773 1397
Contact House Community Centre
15 Albert Street Mornington

U3A Mornington, Mondays 10-12pm
Contact 03 5975 9773
Currawong Community Centre
Currawong Street, Mornington

Further still if you are interested in further afield writing activities contact the Victorian Writers Centre on 9094 7855o visit www.vwc.org.au

WANTED: Local Textile Designer

Mornington Peninsula Shire is looking for a local textile designer who recreates clothes or items from recycled garments for a Summer ‘hands-on’ arts program.

Eg. Knitted shopping bag from jeans and men’s shirts


Stitch a shopping bag from a dress or a skirt


Weave scarves from old t-shirts

Or if you have some exciting ideas for a recycled clothing workshop program, contact  Library Marketing and Development Coordinator Melissa Hart on 5950 1705 or mobile 0419 712 646

WANTED: Musicians

The Mornington Peninsula Regional Gallery is looking for accomplished musicians that can perform arabic style music for the opening of the upcoming art exhibition titled ‘Imagining the Orient’ from July 10. 

Contact: Education and Public Programs Officer Alisa  Ryan  on 5975 4395 ext 110 (when the Gallery answering system picks up dial 110 immediately)