Writers Under the Influence is a monthly literary event at Buck Mulligan's, where local writers read from works they admire, as well as something of their own, followed by well-lubricated discussions, reminiscent of an old-style writers’ salon.
The always-entertaining Grant Caldwell is our special guest this month, with a wealth of experience to share.
Grant has written eleven books, published all over the world: including eight collections of poetry (his latest is Reflections of a Temporary Self: New & Selected Poems in 2015); two novels (including Love & Derangement in 2014); and a collection of stories. His work has been translated into several languages and he has been a featured writer at a number of International poetry festivals.
Grant is also a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.
"Caldwell is one of the most undervalued poets this country has produced, and arguably the most spiritually rich, original poet we have." - Matt Hetherington, Rabbit.
"… the impression is of a rock’n’roll Zen… pure ironic Caldwell… It’s not as nice or as affectionate as O’Hara, but there is the same compositional thought and structure, where the elements of a day are brought together to make a poem." - Michael Farrell, Cordite Poetry Review.