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!