Upcoming events

Sunday 14th May, Coffs Harbour Museum, poetry and images and music

Not so Solitary museum day

I have been commissioned to write a poem and Wyn has been commissioned to make a linocut. The Solitary Islands Marine Park oral history project adds to its archive of images, poetry and song  - in association with the travelling exhibition – East Coast Encounter from The Australian National Maritime Museum, about Captain Cook’s visit. This shared story is re-imagined here by Australian Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists, to encourage cultural dialogue and promote reconciliatory understanding.

Broken Dreams 3#, Michael Cook

Broken Dreams 3#, Michael Cook

Wed 14th Sept 5:45pm Coffs Library – Nature Poetry

The new travelling show Australian Inspiration reveals how the unique beauty of Australia’s native flora and fauna has long inspired artists and designers – but also poets. I will be giving a taste of  poetry inspired by Australian native flora and fauna, including my own. Free but book here. Hear for yourself.
See for yourself, Australian inspiration


I am giving Haiku workshops at the Bellingen Turtle Festival, Sunday Oct 2

Turtle festival, 2016


Eos – an aesthetic opportunity, talk

Sunday 14 August, 3.30pm Nexus gallery Bellingen, free

Eos - Sunday Bites talk flyer Sunday Aug 14

I will be expanding on February’s ABC Radio National documentary on his work, ‘Poetry at First Light’. Aesthetics and the embodied mind, tools and machines encountering the natural environment.

Eos 1, July 16


Don’t forget 10-13 June the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival



Eos ~ Earshot, ABC Radio National

Tuesday 16th February, at 11am – repeated on the following Saturday at 5pm.
Producer Gretchen Miller stayed with us to record my thoughts and poetry.

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Tern Up Sawtell

Poetry reading (and sand art) Sat Nov 14 Sawtell Art Gallery

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The reading was a great success:

Tern Up opening group


Illustrated  Talk – Sunday May 10

Natural Aesthetics, free talk by John Bennett, May 10, Nexus

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Will be an event not to miss.

Still life – the art and poetry
Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery,
 Wednesday 3 December 10.30am – 11.30am

John Bennett will present a brief history of the still life genre with poems past and contemporary that work from still life and challenge the eye with the ear.

Dr John Bennett is an award winning poet and photographer who is currently writing a book on aesthetics. He will present poems from the past exploring the genre and poems he will write specially for this event inspired by one or more entries in this year’s Eutick Memorial Still Life Award.

John will announce the winners of the Still Life poetry competition and share these poems with the audience. The audience are invited to take an active role and recite any poems they have written following John’s presentation.

- See more at: http://www.coffsharbour.nsw.gov.au/our-community/facilities-parks-and-places/regional-gallery/Pages/Education%20and%20Public%20Programs.aspx#sthash.QJIlzfLu.dpuf



The Delicate Trace – photography by John Bennett & Julia Morrell

Opening night is Saturday March 1st at 6.00pm through to Saturday April 5th, Matilda Street Gallery, Macksville.The Precious Trace looks at how these two photographers present their photography beyond the traditional frame.
John Bennett & Julia Morrell - The Precious Trace front


Saltwater/Freshwater, Kempsey, Australia Day

The writers I worked with in the Guunumba project will be performing in the yurt.


Nexus Pop up Gallery , Bellingen Butter Factory, Dec 1 – 31st
Wyn’s prints and paintings, my photographs



Landscapades Exhibition @ Blue Mountains Heritage Centre (NPWS),
End of Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath, Launch 2:30 Sunday 6th Oct

Bellingen Arts Week, 20 – 28 September

I will be holding a haiku workshop, giving a poetry reading at the Headland cafe, Valla Beach and exhibiting here at Blue Poles and in Bellingen.


Solitary Islands launch, Saturday 7 September, Coffs Regional Art Gallery

This follows a successful multimedia presentation of the initial part of this exciting oral history project at the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival –  with new material and the storytellers themselves, music, video, Bronweyn Rodden’s linocut prints and poetry.


The Art of Nature – Nature of Art – the modern

Sat May 11 10.30am Coffs Regional Art Gallery

This illustrated talk takes a leisurely look at key modern representations of nature from the Pre Raphaelites to Cezanne to Damien Hirst, Andy Goldsworthy and the Papunya revolution of contemporary Aboriginal art. Part one of the Art of Nature given in March was a rapid tour of how nature slowly became important in Western art – this is Part 2.
John will close the performance with a reading of poetry stitched to local images.

von Guerard

Eugene von Guerard, View of Moroit or Tower Hill, Vic, 1855.

His paintings are considered so accurate that this painting has been recently used in the revegetation of the area.


Andy Goldsworthy works with ephemeral phenomena like shadows, ice, leaves as well as stone.

Andy Goldsworthy ice