Friday, 3 July, 7pm–8pm (AEST)

Lachlan Brown with Gareth Jenkins, Aidan Coleman, Sarah Day, Sarah Pearce and Claire Albrecht

Sponsored by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, the ASAL2020 Poetry Reading Series will bring together poets from across the country for four nights of virtual readings. Zoom links will be made available 24 hours before each event. To receive the links for these events, please register for the Poetry Reading Series at the ASAL2020 conference website:

Gareth Jenkins is an independent academic, poet and publisher. His first full collection of poetry, Recipes for the Disaster, was released by 5 Islands Press in 2019. He edited and designed The Toy of the Spirit—the first full length collection of writing by Australia’s greatest Outsider Artist and writer Anthony Mannix, also released in 2019 by Puncher and Wattmann. Over the last 15 years Gareth has published and delivered papers, particularly on the relationship between creativity and madness, at conferences throughout Australia, in Europe and the USA. In 2020 he founded a new press called The Apothecary Archive, specialising in experimental work from around the world. More at: and

Aidan Coleman is a Visiting Research Fellow in the School of Humanities and an Early Career Researcher in the JM Coetzee Centre for Creative Practice at the University of Adelaide. Aidan’s reviews and critical writing have appeared in The Australian, Cordite, Harvard Review Online and TEXT and he is currently writing a biography of the poet John Forbes with assistance from the Australia Council for the Arts and Arts South Australia. His PhD thesis on John Forbes was awarded a University of Adelaide Medal for Doctoral Research.

Sarah Day’s most recent books, Towards Light, and Tempo, (Puncher & Wattmann, 2018/2013) were shortlisted for the Tasmanian Premier’s Literary Awards and the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The latter also received the Wesley Michelle Wright Prize. Awards for previous work include the Queensland Premier’s Judith Wright ACT and Victoria’s Anne Elder awards. She was poetry editor of Island for seven years. She lives in Hobart where she takes an active interest in Tasmanian environmental politics. Her poetry has been published and translated in a number of countries and set to music in UK and Australia. She is beginning a PhD candidature with UQ.

Sarah Pearce is a poet, editor and academic from Adelaide. Her PhD explored the suffering female body in the works of Emily and Charlotte Brontë from a contemporary feminist perspective. Her creative and scholarly work appears in TEXT, Writing from Below, Meniscus, Aeternum and Outskirts, and her writing interests include the Gothic, queer identity, female embodiment and feminist theory.

Claire Albrecht is writing her PhD in poetry at the University of Newcastle. She was the 2019 Emerging Writers Festival fellow at the State Library of Victoria, and will be a resident at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, New Mexico in 2021. Claire will also be a Varuna ‘Writing Fire, Writing Drought’ fellow later this year. Her debut chapbook pinky swear was published in 2018.