Monday, February 20, 2012

A literary man

I was lucky enough to have tea this morning with a very well read gentleman, Mr Thomas Connelly. The green tea from Tricycle Cafe provided the perfect accompaniment to the conversation which revolved around poetry, James Joyce, Shakespeare and a bunch of Tasmanian writers who have frequented his second hand bookshop Shambles.
They come, they read from their books while punters sip wine and nibble on Tassie cheese. It all sounds very civilised, but definitely unpretentious. Thomas has so much knowledge about authors, poetry and literature and is an advocate for writers, artists and performers. Along with monthly readings, the shop also hosts exhibitions and other events.
It is definitely worth dropping into this little bookshop, especially to spend some time chatting with Thomas, but in the meantime check out his blog at

Shambles Bookshop
Shop 4, 5/5 Fitzroy Street, Sorell Ph: 6269 2496


SEVENTH ACCEPTING PROPOSALS; for Gallery 1, Gallery 2, Project Space and Night Screen for the July to December 2012 Calendar. Application close: Friday 30th March 2012

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Setouchi Triennale

Organisers are calling for art proposals for the second version of the Setouchi Triennale held in 2013 (Application Period is from 17 to 31 May, 2012), a contemporary art festival that takes place on several islands of the Seto Inland Sea. Seven Australian artists participated in the inaugural festival which attracted hundreds of thousands of visitors. Please visit for information on the Australian participation in the 2013 festival. Link for entering is

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