Armadale Arts Festival kicks off with Poetry in the Cafe


Rose van Son will be presenting her poetry at the Bean Thru Caf for the Armadale Arts Festival.
Rose van Son will be presenting her poetry at the Bean Thru Caf for the Armadale Arts Festival.

THE calming tones of poetry nestled in the comfort of a local caf will be one of the first events to kick off this year’s Armadale Arts Festival.

Poet Rose van Son has been published in a number of Australian and international journals, as well as collections Sandfire: Three Owls and a Crescent Moon and Three in the Campagna – and in May the Creatix Haiku editor will bring her verses to the Bean Thru Caf for the festival’s Poetry in the Caf.

Ms van Son said she had always had a love for the way poetry combined language and music.

“For me the two go together, the beautiful sounds of words with the music of poetry and although my poetry does not rhyme, there is an internal rhythm that I love that must be there in the finished product; it makes you want to sing,” she said.

“Like music, poetry makes you feel – when you get to the end of a poem, you have felt something new; you have learnt something about yourself, about others, about nature and the poem has taken you somewhere.

“There is a sense of wonder in poetry that leaves you thinking, wondering and you feel you have discovered something you didn’t know before.”

She said she was looking forward to presenting the Poetry in the Caf event.

“It is wonderful to be invited,” she said.

“I will read some poems, some of mine and perhaps some of others and we will look at style, imagery, senses.

“We will learn to see, to hear, so bring a notebook and a pen.”

Poetry in the Caf is at the Bean Thru Cafe on May 12.

Click here to book a place at the free event.

The Armadale Arts Festival running from May 11 to 27.