Lunch in Adelaide

Ken Bolton, Adelaide, March 2013.Ken Bolton.  Photo copyright (c) John Tranter, 2013.
Ken Bolton, Adelaide, March 2013. Photo copyright (c) John Tranter, 2013.

I had a very pleasant time at the Adelaide Festival Writers Week this year: a reading with five other poets, and an hour in conversation with Kurt Heinzelman from Austin Texas, a lively town known as Bat City, and the Home of Live Music (with more than 200 venues!)

At the opening party for Writers Week, Adelaide poet and medico Peter Goldsworthy commented that everyone remembers the good old days in the 1970s when State Premier Don Dunstan dubbed Adelaide “the Athens of the South”. Now, he suggested, tongue not quite in cheek, with its vital automobile industry in disarray, Adelaide perhaps deserves the sobriquet “the Detroit of the South”. Ouch!

Cath Kenneally Adelaide March 2013. Photo copyright (c) John Tranter, 2013.
Cath Kenneally Adelaide March 2013. Photo copyright (c) John Tranter, 2013.

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Part of the pleasure was photographing people and scenery, mainly in Rundle Mall. You can see dozens of photos from this trip on my home page here.

Another pleasure was catching up with local poets Cath Kenneally and her partner Ken Bolton, over a wonderful lunch at Rigoni’s, one of the best Italian restaurants I know. They have both spent decades working in and contributing to the cultural milieu of Adelaide, with visits to Sydney, Rome, New York and elsewhere. Naturally we talked poetry, reviews and literary gossip.