What a great success these events have been and I’d like to personally thank Janette Hoppe for creating the Women of Words project and organising the poetry readings.
The last event was at Good Brother Espresso Shop and $210 was raised for the White Ribbon Organisation on the day.
Dennis Outram from the Maritime Union was the White Ribbon representative and he spoke about the history of the organisation and how the Maritime Union was working hard to raise awareness of the organisation and also to implement policies and procedures in the workplace to make it safer for women.
Lisa and Megan from the Remembering the Women project lent us the four dresses which hung on the wall above the poets and represent only a few (to date 68 women) who have been killed by domestic and family violence in Australia in 2016.
At Good Brother the place was packed and we had six very special poets to wrap up the month of readings, Georgina Woods, Jean Kent, Kerri Shying, Dael Allison, Linda Ireland and Meg Dunn with introductions and reading by Janette Hoppe. During the first three poetry events a total of $530 was raised for the Hunter Women’s Centre. Hopefully more to come in 2017 and thank you everybody who came along and supported this very important cause.
The Women of Words Eat, Stray’d, Love Papatuanuku Press anthology can be purchased from Janette Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org or at Pay Pal under the same email address. The books are $20 with $10 going to the Hunter Women’s Centre and $10 to the White Ribbon Organisation.