Anne Kellas is a
South Africanpoet, reviewer and editor.
She was born in Germiston in 1951 in what was then the Transvaal, now
Gauteng, in South Africa. Her earliest work appeared in 1968 but she began writing seriously in 1975 when she met up with a group of writers associated with Lionel Abrahamswho at one stage called themselves the Circle of Eight. This group gathered around Lionel Abrahams had included at various times the writers Anne Schuster, Sinclair Beilis, Basil Du Toit, Debbie Aarons, novelist, critic and editor Ivan Vladislavic, academic and publisher Shirley Pendlebury, Michael Gardiner, Francis Faller, and others. An earlier incarnation of this group had included Robert and Iva Royston, who later moved to the UK.
Anne Kellas's first book of poetry, "Poems from Mt Moono", was published by Shirley Pendlebury's Hippogriffe Press in 1989. By this time Kellas and her husband, the journalist/photographer/writer
Giles Hugohad already emigrated to Australia. In Tasmania she served for many years as poetry editor for the small magazine Famous Reporterand from circa 2003 was web content editor for Island (formerly Island magazine). Her second collection, "Isolated States", received funding from Tasmania's arts funding bodyin 1993 and was later accepted for publication by Australian poet/publisher Tim Thorne. Thorne's Cornford Press was active until 2004 in publishing poets on the political left and/or non-mainstream poets, such as Liz Winfieldand the late Selwyn Hughesand Jenny Boult/Magenta Bliss.
In 1995 Anne Kellas and Giles Hugo had set up one of the first Australian online magazines, "The Write Stuff", which they jointly edit. Among its other content, such as book reviews and interviews with writers, their web site documents the vivid poetry landscape of Tasmania, with an online Showcase of Tasmanian poetry holding vignettes of over 40 Tasmanian poets.
In 2004 Kellas established
Roaring Forties Press, a small literary press which, though based in Tasmania, Australia, published the posthumous collection of poetry by Lionel Abrahams, "Chaos Theory of the Heart", produced in conjunction with Jacana Media in Johannesburg. They also published the Australian short story-writer Geoffrey Dean's seventh collection, "The Literary Lunch".
Some of Kellas' poems have been set to music and recorded by Tasmanian composer and classical singer
*"Poems from Mt. Moono" (Johannesburg, Hippogriff Press, 1989; ISBN
*"Isolated States" (Launceston Tasmania, Cornford Press, 2001; ISBN
*Anthologies: "A writer in Stone" (Cape Town, 1998);
*"Like a house on Fire" (Johannesburg, COSAW 1986);
*"Moorilla Mosaic" (Hobart, Bumblebee Books, 2000);
*"River of Verse" (Hobart, Back River Press, 2005);
*"The State of writing in South Africa", online article by Anne Kellas, on [http://www.the-write-stuff.com.au/archives/vol-1/articles/zawriting.html The Write Stuff website] , originally published in 1995 vol.1.
*Biographical citations in literary magazines: Island; Famous Reporter; and online interview with Kellas in the South African online service, LITNET's Chain Interview series.
* [http://www.the-write-stuff.com.au/ The Write Stuff]
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