But there is no regrets,

to what I have done as a poet.

And you know what-

they don’t even know it!

So when you ask me,

if I have any regrets and that I am

suffering from a lack of fame,

well, trust me a real poet’s, poetry

is done in blasphemy fame!

So if you want to see any of my

poetry, just look me up and I will

be there on the bookshelf

just looking back at you

and not with a smear, but with a cheer!

And I know that there is no regrets,

I’ve worked too hard for that sort

of fame!

For eternity is not in vain.

It’s just a name!

It’s just a name!!!

Copyright Theresa A O’Dea    2013


What: Art Red Hill is renowned as the biggest professional arts fair on the Peninsula.  Art Red Hill is indeed one of the Peninsula’s  favourite events on the annual arts calendar attracting local, Melbourne, interstate and international artists and patrons.

When: Friday May 3 – Sunday May 5 2013

Where: Red Hill Consolidated Primary School

Entry: Opening Night $25 pp entry over the weekend $5 pp Sat 4 and Sun 5 May

art red hill


Carboot-logoWhat:  Artist Inspired Car Boot Sale

Art inspired car boot treasures will be encouraged, but we will accept any other pre-loved treasures you would like to part with If you have some old art books, text books or magazines, some wonderful artwork, cards, etc, you are welcome to back up your car boot at Oak Hill on the day. What a wonderful way to clear out your treasures!! Contact Gallery for details and spread the word…….

When: Sunday 5th May 10 – 3 pm

Where:  Oak Hill Gallery,  100 Mornington-Tyabb Road Mornington

Contact: T: 03 5973 4299  E: or visit &

Cost:     Free  (Car Boot stall holders $10 – Members $5)


What:  Exhibition of Kate Stewart’s works titled STRANGE TRUTHS IN UNDISCOVERED LANDS

Where: Antipodes Bookshop Gallery, 138 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento

When: 10 – 5pm daily until Sunday April 28

Antipodes sorrento


Australian Author and Poet Theresa O’Dea will be bringing out another book of poetry this year.  To find out more or connect to Theresa  email her at 

The Midnight Lovers

I sat with God on the sand

and I looked into


The sunset was a midst

and all the angels

were in a state

of a wish!

The midnight lover’s

had gone and the pain

was on the mend-

And all the Kings Horses

were proclaiming that

they were GOD’S friends.

God and I,

we prayed for all

that was apart of

this World.

Peace was the only answer-

The only answer between

Man and Woman.

For men are usually

protective of women.

For women are usually

loving towards men.

And the midnight lover’s

had vanished into a state

of a wish-

They became disciples

that fell into the


Peace was the only answer!

And when I turned to God,

he muttered to me,

‘Peace Is The Answer!’

Copyright Theresa A O’Dea  1996.


What: Launch of Womindjeka a short film by local film maker Tim Purdie & screening of Bush aw by film-maker and lawyer Danielle Loy

When: May 30th @ 5.30pm, proceedings commence @ 6pm

Where:  Mornington Peninsula Shire Council Offices, Cnr Queen & Main Streets Mornington

RSVP: Phone 5950 1685 before May 23


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WPCF2013What: A celebration and exhibition of the best craftwork in Western Port and on the Mornington Peninsula.  Our aim is to promote talented individuals and craft groups, demonstrate various techniques in a variety of crafts with sessions for adults and also for school-age children throughout the day.Community groups as well as individual craftspeople are invited to participate with a ‘display and sell’ table at a minimal cost.  Craft businesses are also invited to sell their wares, and to advertise their business. Crafty men are welcome to display their work in a Men’s Tent.

When: Saturday, 27 April 2013 10am – 4pm

Morning & afternoon tea/coffee and light lunches will be available

Entry:  $2

Where:          Hastings Uniting Church hall,  Corner Marine Parade & Hodgins Road, Hastings.

Enquiries:        Phone: 5979 1237  or email: or visit our Facebook event page.

Any proceeds will go to the restoration of historic Hastings Chapel.

Hastings Uniting Church is very happy to acknowledge the kind support of Mornington Peninsula Shire


What: Children from Kananook Primary School will treat audiences to an afternoon of song! All are welcome to attend, hear the voices of Australia’s little ones singing in Tetum, Timor-Leste’s most commonly spoken language, and learn what is in store for another year of song for these young students.

Each year, a thousand children across Victoria learn about the world through the Boite Schools Chorus. In 2012, 200 children from the Mornington Peninsula area performed in a Timorese themed concert, Mai Fali Eh!, where children learned about their near neighbours in Timor-Leste. Children from Kananook Primary School, Karingal Primary School, Flinders Christian Community College, Somerville Primary School, St Anne’s Seaford and The Patch Primary School took part in a concert in August in Mount Eliza. Led by local Frankston artist and Choir Director Andrea Khoza, and Artistic Director, Ego Lemos (Timor-Leste), Mai Fali Eh! involved children in what teachers described as something “bigger than themselves”.

The 2013 Boite Schools Chorus boasts well-known and experienced choir leaders from Ballarat, Stella Savy and Dani Fry, as Artistic Directors. Children will not only have the chance to perform in a grand concert at a prestigious venue, but they will also be able to learn about the proud culture of the fascinating archipelago of islands in the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles.Funky Seychellois songstress, Grace Barbé (Western Australia) of recent Port Fairy Folk Festival and Viva Victoria fame, will tour from Perth to perform with the children. The Artistic Directors and Project Manager, Leah Healy, will be available at the Mornington Peninsula Taster Event to discuss how your children can also be involved. Enrolment now open.

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Where: Kananook Primary School. Please report to Reception and you will be directed to the mini-performance.

When: 3.30pm – Tuesday 23rd April, 2013

Costs/ Ticketing: FREE

Website information

Enquiries & Booking Contact:   The Boite    9417 3550


What: Japanese Quilter Norico Endo visited the Mornington Peninsula this week to present her ‘Confetti Naturescapes’ quilt technique to members of the Mornington Peninsula Patchworkers Inc.  The group were able to consider a personal and group development opportunity through funding from Mornington Peninsula Shire’s Arts & Culture Stream funding program. The group will continue working together and sharing the new ideas learnt to other quilters over the coming year.

Norico Endo tutoring members of the Mornington Peninsula Patcherworkers Inc
Norico Endo tutoring members of the Mornington Peninsula Patcherworkers Inc

The group have an exhibition planned at Toorak College in November and another at the Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition space in March 2014.  Follow news from the group at their new blog site

Norico Endo Workshop 2

Norico Endo Workshop 1




ADFAS talk fire of london









What: Mr. Yasha Beresiner on ‘The Great Fire of London’

Where:  Peninsula Community Theatre, Wilson Road, Mornington

When: on Friday 26th April at 5.30pm.

Cost:  A one off guest price is $20 and we welcome new members.

 Bookings: phone 9787 4983 or 9787 2092


What: Aboriginal Natural Jewellery Workshops   OPEN to Everyone!

Join local Aboriginal artists in their studio and have access to kangaroo teeth, seeds and emu feathers to make your own piece of jewellery.

All welcome and no experience necessary! Children under 15yrs must be accompanied by an adult.

When: 1 – 4pm Saturday 27th of May

Where: Baluk Arts 6 Bruce Street Mornington

Cost: $75 pp

Enquiries: 5975 5000 or email


workshop April 2013


What: the 22 members of the Peninsula Studio Trail will have a very busy month in May.  They are exhibiting one work each at the MPRG, May 3 – June 2,

Mornington Library Foyer Exhibition Space,3rd – 28th May

Dromana Estate and 20 studios between Frankston and Rye will be open for the weekend of May 4 – 5

There will be an information brochure available with directions and contact information at each studio.

There are a number of new members and studios along the trail:  Janet Green who is one of Australia’s foremost still life painters, she captures both the essence of the Australian landscape and combines it with extraordinarily beautifully painted compositions of still life.  Claire Spring, painter/teacher at Rye Heights and Susan Swenser, a Textile artist at Rosebud.

For further information visit and find them and ‘like’ them on facebook

Shaw's Farm Red Hill by Michael Leeworthy
Shaw’s Farm Red Hill by Michael Leeworthy


Local poet Mary Jones has taken up the challenge to produce a poem per day for April and this her poem for today.

APRIL 11th I keep hitting one of the disadvantages of NaPoWriMo – it makes you churn out doggerel just to fill the slot in a hurry. I don’t like this one, but no time today to think of anything else.  

While Mary is not happy with today’s poem, I’m duly impressed with it and that she has made a commitment to this innovative writing project.  I posted the information on the NaPoWriMo on April 1 2013.  Fantastic effort Mary, keep up your goal of a poem per day.

Enjoy today’s poem and to see more of Mary Jones poems visit


I want to hack into your life

but I can’t find the key,

you keep your cards close to your chest

to guard your privacy.

I’ve tried the obvious so far,

your birthday, family, pet,

‘password’ and ‘12345’

but no success as yet.

The trouble is, I need to know

the workings of your mind

to guess the rest, but that’s the very

thing that I can’t find.