Invitation to Sydney Opera House - Australian poet Dorothy Porter dies.


I want to let you all know that you are invited to a free event at the Sydney Opera House on Thursday evening.

The Australian arts community will be gathering there to celebrate the life of the extraordinary and brilliant poet Dorothy Porter (my cousin), a prodigious and internationally acclaimed Australian poet who died from complictions from breast cancer last week (aged 54).

Dorothy lived her life as a poet and this was her life. An extraordinay feat – she breathed poetry and achieved outrageous success.

Archival footage will be shown of her passionate performances. This will include live performances of her poems which were set to music by Paul Grabowski and recorded by Katie Noonan. The writer David Malouf will also speak. Dorothy may be best remembered for her verse novel The Monkey’s Mask which was also made into a film.

I have attached a link for your information here
which my brother in Japan created. And a poem I wrote for her here

The Sydney Opera House tribute is open to the public and will be in the northern foyer of the Concert Hall at 6 pm. I wanted to let any writers / poets here who know of her work that they are welcome to attend.

Dorothy’s funeral was in Melbourne on Sunday which I attended. Tim Finn sang two songs which Dorothy wrote the lyrics for. They had just completed writing the lyrics for Tim Finn’s rock opera ‘January’.

Oh my valley of Briny vision
Take me in your salty arms
Let my own soul’s tide
rise and flood
And rejoice.

No angel is ever
To go before
(Her) maker.

(from Johnathan Mills short opera ‘The Eternity Man’ for which Dorothy wrote the libretto) The ABC will show a tribute to Dorothy on Dec 22nd, and also show ‘The Eternity Man’ on Jan 9, 2009.

See any Sydney people on Thursday :)

Robert xx

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