Diane Caney - Tea House Poet at Chado
Diane Caney is currently the resident poet at Chado – The Way of Tea through Australian Poetry’s Café Poet program.
Diane’s poetry explores life, beauty, place, pain, joy, suffering, art, philosophy, anger, death and the peace that can arrive after all that.
Since being the resident poet at Chado she has also written poetry that relates to the improvised jazz often played in the Tea House by Brian Ritchie and both local and visiting musicians.
Diane has become a great fan of the many teas imported by Dr Varuni Kulasekera at Chado. The Tea House has been the perfect place to finalise a long poem, ‘Afternoon Tea with the Goddess’, which has been brewing since 1998. She hopes to read it publicly soon.
Diane’s poetry can be found on her website http://overthere.com.au.
Diane just recently, won Australian Poetry's Poem of the Week for her poem, 'Our Last Afternoon on Earth', on the theme 'Autumn'. Click here to view her poem.
In 1999, Diane received an Australia Council Grant to work with new media artist, Robin Petterd. The result of their collaboration can be viewed at http://archiving.com.au. She is currently collaborating with Duncan Giblin of StormyBoy Photos to produce poems in response to Duncan’s photographs of Tasmanian birdlife: Click here
As well as creating poetry and hypertexts, Diane is also working on novels for young people and children. Another is being written for adults.
Diane completed her doctorate in 1997, exploring intertextuality across a variety of textual media. The two volumes (which focus on the works of Patrick White and Sidney Nolan and include more than 200 colour images) are available in the MONA library.
For details of poetry readings at Chado – The Way of Tea, please see the Chado facebook page.
Chado is at 134 Elizabeth Street, Hobart.