Past Events

2023 Flying Islands Books Launch 5 PM Saturday 4 February 2023

The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (on-site, Sydney).

Free event, all welcome!

Poems that fit the palms of your hands

Sharp-edged, wild-eyed, luminous, empowering pilgrimages.

You are invited to the Launch of the new crop of Flying Islands Pocket Books—an extraordinary bouquet of diverse poetic voices in gorgeously crafted volumes that slip easily into your pockets and purses!

The 2023 series, edited by Christopher (Kit) Kelen, includes: Alive in Dubbo by DG Lloyd; Another Day by Kevin Smith; Divertente and other poems by Yannis Rentzos; fierCe by Angie Contini; Sea Skins by Sophia Wilson; Sunday Morning, Here by Jill McKeowen; te pāhikahikatanga/ incommensurabilty by Vaughan Rapatahana; and Text Messages from the Universe by Richard James Allen.

Brian Purcell Estuary Exhibition Launch and Reading with Special Guests

3pm Sunday 5 February, 2023

The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe (on-site, Sydney).

Free event, all welcome!

To celebrate the launch of Brian Purcell’s Estuary exhibition at The Shop Gallery, there will be a reading focusing on poetry’s relationship with visual art – ekphrasis, typographical, and any other poetry where the visual element is key. It will feature amazing poets from the Flying Islands community: Richard James Allen, Angie Contini, Anna Couani, Christopher (Kit) Kelen, Brian Purcell and Sarah St Vincent Welch.

a big thank you !

dear islanders and fellow travellers

thanks to all for your efforts towards the Flying Islands book launch and the benefit exhibition in Sydney last weekend …(Saturday 12 February 2022).
while the final figures are not quite in yet, it looks like we will slightly surpass last year’s exhibition and launch take … which means we’re well on the way to being able to afford this year’s publishing program.

But the main thing – and the more important thing – is that your hard work has brought glory on the islands and all who fly with them.
…this event has spread the word about us… and has brought the pleasures of our poetry to many old and new faces.

I know that it really was a marathon effort for many involved — and especially for Anna, for Sarah and Dylan, for Maggie, for Richard, for Angie, for Carol…
special thanks to them and to all who made this very complicated event a success!
Please do pass our thanks on to others who helped and who were there, physically or virtually.

I hope everyone is having a well-earned rest and poetry de-tox now !

the islands thank and bless you all

long may the islands fly!

with best wishes to all

Kit Kelen
Flying Islands Poetry Community

Flying Islands Book Launch and Benefit Show Saturday 12 February 2022 at 2pm (AEDT)

Invitation to the Flying Islands Book Launch and Benefit Show Saturday 12 February at 2pm (AEDT) of the 2021 Flying Islands Pocket Poetry Books by Morgan Bell, Anna Couani, Laurie Duggan, Daniel Ionita, Alan Jefferies, Brian Purcell, Jane Skelton and Sarah St Vincent Welch.

Order of Launches

Zoom Link:

1:30 pm Click the zoom link to join the virtual waiting room and be let in by Magdalena Ball, your Zoom host. Settle in while everyone arrives and have a chat. We recommend joining before 2 pm in case you have any technical glitches.

2 pm Richard James Allen MC welcome from The Shop Gallery. Kit Kelen update on Flying Islands Poetry Community.

2:10 pm Launches

  • Ursula Dubosarsky launches Sarah St Vincent Welch’s chalk borders
  • Virginia Shepherd launches Anna Couani’s local
  • Jean Kent launches Daniel Ionita’s Short Bursts of Eternity
  • Martin Langford launches Brian Purcell’s The Leaving

Short break in which to view the benefit art exhibition online, have a stretch and an online chat and buy books and art

3:15 pm Launches

  • Annee Lawrence launches Jane Skelton’s What the river told me
  • Greg McLaren launches Laurie Duggan’s A Kite Hangs above the Border
  • Magdalena Ball launches Morgan Bell’s Pretend I Don’t Exist.
  • Kerri Shying launches Alan Jefferies in the same breath

More about the Launch

We will post the Zoom link on our The Shop Gallery Facebook Event, Flying Islands website, Flying Islands Facebook Pages and Blog and Instagram on the morning of the book launch Saturday 12 February 2022 if you are looking for the link on that day.

The book launch is an event on Zoom and in The Shop Gallery, joining the virtual audiences of readers and launchers in a hybrid event with those who can be in The Shop Gallery together. Friends from far and wide can join in via zoom. There is a limit of 25 people at any one time in the gallery due to COVID. 

Come and enjoy the benefit exhibition 11-6pm 10-16 February 2022 at The Shop Gallery 112 Glebe Point Road Glebe if you are in Sydney. All proceeds go to Flying Island Books. You can also view the exhibition during the break between sets, at the launch, if you are attending via Zoom.. 

On 12 February there will be other festivities in Glebe with the Summer Streets ‘day of street-side eating and drinking events. Glebe Point Road will be closed to traffic from 11 am between Parramatta Road and St Johns Road. The Summer Streets events are being held to help support local businesses and to provide more outdoor entertainment for residents.’ There will be music and roving performers.

COVID safe plans are in place in The Shop Gallery and Summer Streets program.  

See you on zoom at the launch!

Save the Date Saturday 12 February 2022

Launch of the new series of Flying Islands Pocket Poetry books is scheduled for Saturday 12 February 2022 at 2 PM at the Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe

The launch coincides with the Flying Islands Benefit Exhibition, running from 11am – 6pm, 10-16 February 2022. The hope is to raise funds for the press through both book sales and sales of artworks from the exhibition, all proceeds go to Flying island Books. We plan for the launch to be enjoyed in the gallery but also on the street outside the gallery.

The following Covid-19 Protocols will apply for the safety of those in attendance and their contacts:

  • social distancing;
  • QR check-in
  • evidence of double vaccination.

Thanks to our hosts, Anna Couani and Hilik Mirankar

Flying Islanders

Maitland launch on 29 May 2021

There to launch their books at Mansfield House were:
Irina Frolova, Chris Mansell, Steve Armstrong, KA Rees and Rob Edmonds. Series Editor, Kit Kelen, was the M/C.

Guest poets – past and future Flying Islanders included:
Gail Hennessy, Kerry Shying, Magdalena Ball, Richard James Allen, Kit Kelen and Brian Purcell.