Poetry

The Princess Who Became a Queen

Early in February I launched Jennifer Compton’s book of poetry Now You Shall Know, published by Five Islands Press. The launch took place in Kris Hemensley’s Collected Works bookshop in Melbourne, which is perhaps the only large specialist poetry bookshop in the Anglophone world. Collected Works is in Swanston Street on the first floor of the Nicholas Building, which was completed in 1926 for the Nicholas family of Aspro fame. With its terra cotta facade, which has a deep green faience glaze, the nine-storey palazzo-style Nicholas Building generously hosts many artists’ studios as well as a variety of shops. Until…

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