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Stretching from Palm Beach to Manly, the Northern Beaches boasts more than half of all the beaches in Sydney and a population of more than 266,000.                                       
Living on the Northern Beaches means checking surf conditions from the office and taking your children to the beach after school. It’s about busy sportsfields, bush walking and bike trails on the weekend. It’s an active lifestyle with clean waterways, beautiful wildlife and vibrant events backed by great services and infrastructure.
Northern Beaches Council is committed to delivering the highest quality service, valued and trusted by our community.

The Project

In association with the Northern Beaches Library service, poet Mark Tredinnick will be hosting poetic workshops as part of the Seniors Week program. Participants will be guided through an introduction to writing poetry with the help of Mark's best tips and secrets of the craft. 

The Poet

Mark Tredinnick

Mark Tredinnick, whose many books include Almost Everything I Know, Bluewren Cantos, Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, and The Little Red Writing Book—is a celebrated poet, essayist, and writing teacher. “One of our great poets of place,” Judy Beveridge has called him. His chapbook The Lyrebird & Other Poems, first published in 2011 is just out in an updated edition (Picaro Poets Series; Ginninderra Books), and his poem “Skipping the Rope” appeared in the second edition of an international anthology of poems published by the United Nations on Happiness Day.

His honours include the Montreal and Cardiff Poetry Prizes, The Blake and Newcastle Poetry Prizes, two Premiers’ Literature Awards, and the Calibre Essay Prize. His poem “The Horse” won the ACU Poetry Prize in 2016; his poem “Panic Very Softly, Love” won the Ron Pretty Prize in 2017. This year, Mark is on the judging panels for the Montreal Prize and the Blake Prize. 

The Blue Plateau, his landscape memoir, shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Prize, and his books on the writing craft are read in schools and universities and relied on by aspiring writers. He travels and teaches widely, in schools and at festivals, through Australia and in the US and UK. and he works with the corporate sector to explore the truths and graces poetry gives access to.

Andrew Motion has written of Mark: “his is a bold, big-thinking poetry, in which ancient themes (especially the theme of our human relationship with landscape) are recast and rekindled.” He is at work on a memoir of the reading life, Reading Slowly at the End of Time. His next Australian collection of poems, Walking Underwater, will be published by Pitt Street Poetry in mid 2017; a fourth collection, Walking Underwater, appears in the US (Hip Pocket Press) later the same year. He’s just finished a collaboration, A Hundred Miles, As Ever, From Home: One Hundred Haiku, with poet Peter Annand and painter John R Walker.

“Like the singing of the birds he loves,” Jean Kent has said, “Mark Tredinnick's poetry feels artlessly beautiful.”

Mark was the creative in residence in 2016 with landscape architects, TCL, and a poet in residence at the Sydney Botanical Gardens (in their 200th year).