Melbourne launch of EXT 2012

Thursday 6 December 2012 at Uptown Jazz Café

Please join us for readings and celebration at the Melbourne launch of EXT 2012.

It’s our end of year celebration too, so bring friends and family and celebrate with us!

Enjoy light refreshments on us in the jazz-inflected Uptown Jazz Café,the scene of so many groovy jazz gigs.

About the book: This exciting new anthology of writing about about music features the winning pieces from the 2011 National jazz Writing Competition alongside works by award winning poets Mark Tredinnick (Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Australia’s Wild Weather) and Geoff Page (A Sudden Sentence In The Air, Coda for Shirley), as well as other writers such as Virginia Lloyd (The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement), Donna Ward, Kent MacCarter (The Hungry Middle of Here, Ribosome Spreadsheet).

Please RSVP by 5 December so we know how many snacks to order! 

Email Miriam to let her know you’re coming, or join the event on Facebook.

Uptown Jazz Café
Thursday 6 December, 6-7:30 pm
177 Brunswick Street  Fitzroy VIC 3065
(03) 9416 4546

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Please join us at Wangaratta!

We’re launching EXT 2012 at Wangaratta Jazz Festival on Friday 2 November- please join us for the perfect start to the festival with wine, nibblies, readings and music, featuring redings by Geoff Page, Graeme Kinross-Smith and bass playing by Sam Pankhurst.

Launch details

Wangaratta Library
21 Docker Street, Wangaratta

Friday 2 November
5-7 pm

The tradition continues!  extempore launches their latest publication EXT 2012 at a free event at the Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street from 5-7 pm on Friday 2 November. This is a great way to start the festival, with readings, refreshments and a chance to catch up with old friends and hear some writing inspired by Australian jazz and improvised music. EXT 2012 is a collection of uniquely Australian verse,short fiction and prose, combining music and literature with delicious results. Please join us, all welcome!

EXT 2012 celebrates words and the wordless with a journey that takes you from the Pilbara to St Kilda, Adelaide to Chicago; from Phillip Glass to Ravi Shankar; from risk to revelation.

Featuring: the three winning stories from the 2011 National Jazz Writing Competition, works by award winning poets Mark Tredinnick (Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, The Little Red Writing Book, Australia’s Wild Weather) and Geoff Page (A Sudden Sentence In The Air, Coda for Shirley), as well as other writers such as Virginia Lloyd (The Young Widow’s Book of Home Improvement) and Kent MacCarter (The Hungry Middle of HereRibosome Spreadsheet).

Poetry and jazz

Geoff Page and Alex Boneham, Paperchain Bookstore
Photo by Brian Stewart —

On Sunday 12 February, at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka, ACT Geoff Page read from A Sudden Sentence In The Air, collaborating with Alex Boneham to create an event filled with the sounds of jazz and poetry.

An appreciative crowd added into the mix and we were treated to half an hour of poetry and music

Read the CanberraJazz Blog Post >>>

Purchase your own copy of A Sudden Sentence In The Air >>>


12 Feb: Canberra launch of A Sudden Sentence In The Air

A Sudden Sentence In The Air - cover
A Sudden Sentence In The Air - cover by Ian Robertson

This Sunday 12 February, please join us at Paperchain Bookstore in Manuka in the ACT for an inspiring event of jazz and poetry.

Geoff will read from his recent collection of jazz poetry A Sudden Sentence In The Air, and collaborate with bass player Alex Boneham: together, musician and poet create a groove that evokes the jazz clubs of New York and Paris. Don’t miss this combination of jazz and poetry – a perfect Sunday afternoon experience.

Sunday February 12
2.45 for 3.00pm

RSVP Saturday February 11
Telephone 6295 6723 or

A long time lover of jazz and improvised music, Geoff Page has been writing poetry about the music and its musicians for many years. In this beautifully designed collection you’ll find poems about the US greats and local jazz luminaries; poems about audiences and venues too. This is pithy stuff and whether jazz is already embedded in your life, or you would simply like it to be, there will be something in these pages that speaks to you.

“If jazz could be written down in words, then this is it! Spirited, insightful, spontaneous; yet so cleverly constructed that every phrase delights and intrigues, revealing both unexpected and familiar truths about music and life.” Sandy Evans

Photos from the launch of A Sudden Sentence In The Air

The launch at Wangaratta was fantastic!  Geoff Page read from his collection of jazz poetry, accompanies by Alex Boneham on the bass. What a great way to launch a book of jazz poetry at the beginning of a jazz festival. Here are some pictures of the event.

Launch – A Sudden Sentence In The Air

Launching 28 October

Mike Nock will launch A Sudden Sentence In The Air at Wangaratta Jazz Festival on Friday 28 October at the Wangaratta Library. All welcome – let us know you’re coming so we can make sure we’ve catered properly…

Date/time: 6-7 pm Friday 28 October
Venue: Wangaratta Library, 21 Docker Street, Wangaratta Map >>>

Geoff will read from the collection, collaborating with bass player Alex Boneham for some jazzy sounds. Refreshments will be provided. Please join us – it’s a great way to start the festival!

email us at with your RSVP.

If you want to support independent booksellers by getting your copy of A Sudden Sentence In The Air through them, you can let them know we self-distribute and the friendly and efficient Miriam can help them with consignment orders.

Call 1300 783 446 or email

Or alternatively, get your copy online here >>>>

Pics from our Macleay Bookshop reading

Well, the second (and final) gig on our ‘We’re not dead yet’ tour was a resounding success. Sorry if you missed it, but I hope we’ll be doing more of this sort of event soon! Thanks to Richard and Adrienne at Macleay Bookshop (and special thanks for the pictures, which were a combined effort, using Adrienne’s iPhone!) and to Fergus, who was also there on the night  🙂  Our readers were Lynn Hard, Nigel Roberts, Noëlle Janaczewska, Arjun von Caemmerer and Andrew Lindsay. Again, just as for the Collected Works event, a great energy in the room. It was interesting to receive feedback (again) about how much people were enjoying hearing poetry by these jazz-loving poets. Their reading is powerful yet unaffected (those are my words, consolidating multiple comments from both audiences) and we all wondered if it is the natural links between improvised music and poetry that added a very special power, rythm and vitality to the Macleay Bookshop and Collected Works Readings.

Pictured above are Miriam with Arjun von Caemmerer and also with Noëlle Janaczewska plus a picture of Andrew Lindsay mid anecdote (telling us all about Linsey Pollak making music al instruments (and music)  from all sorts of found objects) prior to reading his poem ‘The Music of All Things’ (extempore 5), and Arjun reading and explaining concrete poems, including a visual aid of Edgar’s Eyebrows (published in extempore 3). Noëlle Janaczewska read poems from extempore 3 & 5 and Lynn Hard read a poem from extempore 1. Nigel Roberts’ poetry has not appeared in extempore, but we think perhaps it should have – he read three jazz-related pieces and is an enthusiastic appreciator of jazz and improvised music!  Hopefully we’ll be able to include his work in a future publication.

Pics from our Collected Works reading

I’m calling this the ‘We’re not dead yet’ tour. Two gigs; one in Melbourne and one in Sydney. On Thursday 13 January a group of us gathered at the wonderful Collected Works bookshop in the Nicholas Building for a steamy evening of poetry. Great energy in the room. Readings by Graeme Kinross-Smith, Kent MacCarter, Francesca Sasnaitis and surprise add-on David Pepperell who contributed an interview with Art Pepper to our journal’s issue 2 (Art Pepper’s second last interview before he died!)

Here are some pictures!

Poetry Readings in Melbourne and Sydney

Kevin Brophy put it very well during last year’s National Jazz Writing Competition when he described jazz poetry like this:

‘…music as a subject matter, music as an experience, and words as both rhythmic sounds and vehicles of meaning.’

Collected Works Bookshop in Melbourne and Macleay Bookshop in Sydney are two of our favourite bookshops. They are both hosting evenings of poetry readings and refreshments this month!

After great feedback about the poetry in all five extempore issues… we figure the next best thing to a good poem in print is a poem being read – particularly when it’s in the convivial atmosphere of an independent bookshop with a glass of wine and great company.


Thursday 13 January  6-8 PM Collected Works Bookshop featuring readings by Francesca Sasnaitis, Kent MacCarter, Graeme Kinross-Smith and more (to be confirmed)See the poster here > >>>


Saturday 15 January  6-8 PM Macleay Bookshop featuring readings by Andrew Lindsay, Lynn Hard and more (to be confirmed) See the poster here > >>>

Macleay Bookshop
103 Macleay Street
Potts Point in Sydney

Collected Works Bookshop
Level 1, Nicholas Building
37 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Need more information? email Miriam at or call on 1300 783 446