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Autobiographical Poetry

How can you create poems about your everyday experiences that resonate with strangers? In this course, you’ll be guided through readings and exercises that illuminate a relationship between autobiography and poetry. What’s so special about your favourite park? What do you reach for before bed? Is there a shirt you can’t wear without visiting a past version of you? Here, autobiography and memory become tools that construct a strong poetic persona. Lead by Madison Godfrey, the author of Dress Rehearsals, which is described as “a memoir made of poetry”.


  • When: Saturday 1 June, 11am-5pm
  • Where: Online
  • With: Madison Godfrey

About the Tutor

Photo of Madison Godfrey
A photo of Madison Godfrey.

Madison Godfrey is a writer, editor, educator, and the author of Dress Rehearsals (Allen & Unwin: JOAN 2023). Their writing is described as “sensual and often funny” by The Guardian and “fiercely punk and undeniably powerful” by ArtsHub. Madison has performed poetry at the Sydney Opera House, the Royal Albert Hall, St Paul’s Cathedral and Glastonbury Festival. They are a previous recipient of the Kat Muscat Fellowship and the Varuna Flagship Poetry Fellowship. Madison lives and teaches on Whadjuk Noongar land.

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