A Bookmarks Event

Paul Kelly: Love is Strong as Death

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This is a ticketed online event


‘Poetry is deep play. It’s comfort. It’s challenge. Just like a friend.’ Paul Kelly

About Bookmarks

A new online series, Bookmarks is an opportunity to connect with other readers, discover new books and share reflections together in conversation.

The next book the club will read is Love is Strong as Death, a collection of favourite poems chosen by legendary singer-songwriter Paul Kelly. The poems range from Shakespearean sonnets to contemporary verse, from works by Australian poets to translated literature, and from pithy one-liners to excerpts from epic narratives. These works speak to the great themes of literature that have proven so powerful in Paul Kelly’s music: love and death – and everything in between. This wide-ranging and deeply moving anthology will challenge, uplift and encourage you to make poetry a lifetime friend.

Paul will join writer, editor and all-round book-lover Jaclyn Crupi for the conversation, making this an incredible opportunity to engage with one of Australia’s most popular singer-songwriters and explore the poetry that has brought him joy and inspiration throughout his life.

Want to buy the book?

Get your copy of Love is Strong as Death from Booktopia and save 23%. Click here to buy now.


‘Kelly swims in an ocean of words. He loves them. This is surely a huge part of his genius as a songwriter. It also makes this anthology such a wonderful experience.’ The Sydney Morning Herald

Presented by Melbourne Recital Centre


Paul Kelly speaker
Jaclyn Crupi moderator


What do I need to participate in Bookmarks?

Firstly, you will need a copy of Love is Strong as Death. You’ll also need a computer, tablet or smart phone, and a good internet connection. You may also like to use a pair of headphones but they are not essential.

How can I get a discount on Love is Strong as Death?

You can save 23% on your copy of Love is Strong as Death via the Booktopia website. Click here to buy now.

How will I access the online discussion on Tuesday 8 December?

You will receive an event reminder email three days before the event with a link to access the meeting on Zoom. We will provide clear instructions and a number to call should you encounter issues.

What is Zoom?

Zoom is on online video conferencing, meeting and chat platform that allows users from across the world to catch up online.

It’s free, safe and simple to use. All you need is a device (preferably a computer or tablet) and an internet connection. Although Zoom has been around since 2013, it skyrocketed in popularity and fame in 2020 when the world was forced into lockdown.

You do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting; however, if you’d like to set up a free account or log in to your existing account, you may do so.

Can I ask a discussion question?

Yes! There will be a time for questions at the end of the discussion. You can submit your question to Paul before the event below.


How do I become a Melbourne Recital Centre member or supporter?

Melbourne Recital Centre members and supporters get free tickets to selected events at the Centre, including Bookmarks.

Discover more about the Centre’s membership programs here and find out how you can support the Centre here.