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Mid-October(ish) Newsletter

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  What’s In Store  

  (includes what’s not  in store)  

Holiday time can be very busy – especially so for our good friends who help run events in the store. As a result, Writers Rumble and Life Drawing have been cancelled for this month; they'll be back again in November – Thursday 8th November for Life Drawing; Tuesday 13th November for Writers Rumble.

Meanwhile, the Soul Invictus exhibition is currently hanging; Bonfire will be on Tuesday 30th October (take your Hallowe’en costumes out for a trial run!); and the deadline for Issue 03 of …poetry of desire is Tuesday 23rd of October. All of this is re-iterated below.
 

SOUL INVICTUS

(Exhibition by Kere M Baker + Andrew Lukic)


An exhibition exploring the theme of ‘Soul Invictus’ (defined as ‘the unconquerable soul’). The Artists explore the concept using ideas of cellular and genetic memory, whilst drawing inspiration from their connection to the Polynesian Islands.
 
Themes of abstract and simple landscape and portraiture are explored, tempered with tribal pattern, colour and symbolism.
 
The narrative is unquestionably about identity, the layers, and the layering, asking the questions: Who are we? How is that determined? And the result, Does it even matter?

Details of exhibition opening will be posted on our Facebook page and on our website.

Meanwhile, please download artist bios and exhibition notes.
Images
ABOVE:  Head of the Diamond – Andrew Lukic, Acrylic on canvas 61W x 30.5H cm
BELOW:  Toa – Kere M Baker, Acrylic & enamel on canvas 150W x 150H cm
BOTTOM LEFT (or ‘lower’, depending on your device):  Self Portrait – Andrew Lukic, Acrylic on canvas (framed) 54W x 54H cm
BOTTOM RIGHT (or ‘bottom’, depending on your device):  Kapalama Colours – Andrew Lukic, Acrylic on canvas 61W x 61H cm

  Coming Up  
  • Tuesday 23 October: final submission date for Issue 03 of …poetry of desire
  • Tuesday 30 October (evening): Knock Knock - Bonfire @ Desire Hallowe’en Open Mic Night and launch of Issue 03 or Poetry of Desire
  • Thursday 8 November (evening): Life Drawing
  • Tuesday 13 November (evening): Writers Rumble - the Desire Books & Records writers group
  • Burning Desire will return December 4

The submission date for the next edition of ...the poetry of desire is Tuesday 23rd October.

Ideally, please submit your poems as a Word document (font 12pt Courier).

Please note submission is no guarantee of publication.


  Bonfire  
  Open Mic Night
 

American kids adopting a pagan festival as a reason to indulge before a religious celebration was not the first time someone knocked on a door on the evening of October 31st. But the indulgences in question that first time weren’t candy, and the dude banging on the door was no sexy witch/ghoul/vampire/ghost or variation thereof. Sure, he was decked out in clobber specific to his vocation – but he was an Augustinian monk protesting decadence within the church, as listed in the document he was hammering onto the cathedral door. His name was Martin Luther (not the civil rights activist named after him, or that civil rights activist’s dad, also named after him) and it was this protest against practices of Catholicism that led to Protestant Christianity breaking away from the Catholic mother ship.

What has this got to do with Hallowe’en? Nothing whatsoever, apart from it happening on the same day. The coincidence tickles my funny bone.

But, as far as a theme for a Bonfire night goes, making it about more than just Hallowe’en – about different tricks, treats and door knocking appeals – it leaves it wide open for you. Do you want candy? Attention? Justice? Whatever – sing, rhyme, play or talk about it. Or don't. Totally up to you. Whatever your decision, just know that October Bonfire takes place Tuesday 30 October.

Come and perform. Or just come and watch. It’s a good night of warm community support.
 

You know the deal:

On the night: show begins 8pm sharp.
Performers: arrive 7:30pm even if you intend to be on in the second half.
Order of performance = order of arrival and registration.
Entry by gold coin donation.

More info here.
 


  Life Drawing  

 
 
We’re ever so pleased to be able to offer Life Drawing at Desire.
Bring your own equipment.
Cost is $15 / $10 for students (with a complimentary glass of wine).

Life Drawing returns to Desire Books & Records
Thursday 8th November 6:30pm
 
More info here.


  Writers Rumble  



Writers Rumble, hosted by Desire Books and Records at the shop, 3/3 Whistler St, Manly, returns Tuesday 13th November at 7pm.

Bring 6-8 copies of something you're working on, and the group will kindly-yet-thoroughly polish your work until it shines like the moon.

If you’re coming to the next session, please email Kiah Daly so that we know how many we’ll have.
 
More info here.
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