Vanessa Page - Tourniquet

Tuesday 23 October 2018
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
In store at Avid Reader Bookshop
Register until 23 October 2018 6:00 PM

This event commences at 6:30pm. Printed tickets are not issued and your booking will be on a door list under your surname.

Join Vanessa Page as she launches her fourth collection of poetry Tourniquet, alongside guest feature poets and friends Chloe Callistemon, Trish Reid, Trudie Murrell and Matt Hetherington.

This new collection, from the Anne Elder Award winning author of Confessional Box, explores domestic landscapes and territory - the familiar and the terrifying.

Tourniquet is published by Tasmania's Walleah Press and will be launched by award-winning poet Ynes Sanz.

Vanessa Page is the author of three collections of poetry, the chapbook Feeding Paper Tigers, Confessional Box and China Bull, which was a collaborative work with John Koenig. Confessional Box was the winner of the 2013 Anne Elder Award for the best first book of poetry. Vanessa performs her poetry widely, and has performed at various events including the Queensland Poetry Festival, USQ Bookcase, SLQ Literary Salon, Couplet, the Nuyorican, New York and the Riverbend Poetry Series. 

"Vanessa Page’s poems are mesmerising: intensely felt, wide-ranging in their narratives, and vividly crafted. I am in awe of her ability to capture both pain and tenderness in language that is cinematically brilliant. Her illuminations of Australian life and landscape – from historical to contemporary – shine with a searing honesty and beauty. Tourniquet is an impressive, haunting collection." Jean Kent

"Vanessa Page’s poetry lens captures wide angle shots of landscape. It zooms in to expose humankind, close up. The complexities of life and living - private and domestic, and public and abroad - are revealed. From poems that celebrate and protest the human condition to those that challenge the status quo, in this, her latest work, Page places a mirror etched with question marks, directly in front of the reader. She delves. Some poems invite introspection. Others wash over us; uplifting, unsettling. Places are imbued with a heartbeat. The state of being human is layered in contradiction. We are both flawed and splendid. In every situation, Page commands responsiveness. This is intimate, rare poetry that the reader returns to again…and again." Julie Lynch