If you’re in Hobart on Thursday March 1st and in the mood for some standout poetry, join us for the launch – by Jane Williams – of Tim Thorne’s newest collection of poetry ‘Running out of Entropy’ (Walleah Press) at 5:30 pm at Hobart Bookshop, 22 Salamanca Square.
This is Tim Thorne’s fifteenth collection of poetry over a career spanning more than fifty years. He was Director of the Tasmanian Poetry Festival from 1985 to 2001, during which time he duly entered the festival’s premier event – the Launceston Poetry Cup – year after year, but never managed to take home the honours. He’s won the event twice in the years since, in 2006 and 2008.
‘He’s clearly making up for lost time,’ opined the festival’s subsequent director – Cameron Hindrum – on the occasion of Thorne’s second win in 2008. ‘He didn’t win it at all in the seventeen years he ran the poetry cup, but has won it twice since I’ve been Director.’
‘What’s really disappointing is that I probably never will surpass Colin Berry’s record of two cups in two different millenia,’ Thorne replied regretfully. ‘But by God, I aim to try’.
Thorne’s verse is typified by its caustic wit, political engagement, wide-ranging subject matter, sheer generosity and – to summon an occasionally debased descriptor – integrity. His work has won a number of prizes, grants and fellowships from the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania, the Eleanor Dark Foundation (1993), Launceston Poetry Cup (2006, ’08), William Baylebridge Award (2007), Christopher Brennan Award (2012) and the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize (2014).
There’ll also be a launch, by Cameron Hindrum, in Launceston – at Petrarch’s Bookshop, 89 Brisbane Street – at 6:00 pm, Friday 16th March. Please join us.