Mintis ir uola / Thought and Rock


Melbourne Launch

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Lidija Šimkutė‘s "Thought and Rock" Launch at Melbourne Lithuanian House


6 December 2009


The poet‘s reading was accompanied by internationally known artist and musician  Danius Kesminas. He unnexpectadly brought his talented colleague  Rohan Drape. Their unconventional  improvization on piano and Danius‘ use of kanklės (traditional Lithuanian string instrument) enriched Lidija‘s distinctive reading.


Jūratė Sasnaitis (Greville Street Bookshop proprietor) well known in Melbourne literary circles read Edward (Ted) Reilly‘s PhD, (writer and critic)  review extract. Ted was overseas at the time. Edward Reilly is well acquainted with Lidijos Šimkutės poetry. He has written and published previous reviews in various lieterary publications and presented her poetry at various conferences in Austrarlia and overseas.  He mentioned that Lidija Šimkutė has taken the hard path outside of the usual post-1960s course of academic writing. She has written poetry over a period of more than thirty years, publishing continuously from her earliest volume in Lithuanian, Antrasis Ilgesys (The Second Longing 1978). . . . .Later texts have been bilingual, as with this collection Mintis ir Uola / Thought and Rock (2008). Her persistence in writing and publication over this period is indicative of a singular commitment to a chosen craft and constant refinement of utterance. . . . .  .

. . . . . . .To hear and watch Šimkutė deliver her poems in her unique style is to step into a world that has been lost to all but a few.


At the end of the review reading Algirdas Šimkus presented an overview of Lidija biography. After the readings, participants and listeners shared a glass of wine from Barossa Valley – South Australia. Books and CDs were available for purchase.

Algirdas Šimkus OAM

(Read Ted Reilly's review extract in Publications "Thought and Rock" book cover.)



With Rohan Drape, Jurate Sasnaitis and Danius Kesminas at the Melbourne launch




Danius Kesminas and Rohan Drape




Rohan, Lidija and Danius