06
Oct
18

Tourniquet has arrived!

Hi everyone,

I have some advance copies of Tourniquet now which I can take pre-launch orders for. If you’re interested please email me at page_ve@yahoo.com.au. Tourniquet sells for $18 plus postage or I’m doing a copy of both Tourniquet and Confessional Box for $30 plus postage.

Tourniquet

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30
Sep
18

Signs anthology

My poem ‘The Mouth of the Spider’ was long-listed for this year’s University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. Being long-listed for this one is really prestigious, and you only have to look at the calibre of poets published in the prize’s very handsome anthology ‘Signs’ to see this! It’s always great to see fellow Queensland poets representing too and lovely to see Sarah Holland-Batt win runner-up and BR Dionysius earn a short-list. Congratulations to all!42570060_10156800470118724_2251060112942694400_n (1)

30
Aug
18

Tourniquet is coming!

It’s getting close now. My second full length book is almost ready to go, and will be launched on October 23 at Avid Reader in Brisbane.

Tourniquet is a collection of both new and published poems, assembled from the past four years of work. The wonderful Walleah Press will once again publish the book.

Details of the launch event will soon be on the Avid site, but I can reveal that Ynes Sanz will be launching the book and that Chloe Callistemon, Trudie Murrell, Trish Reid and Matt Hetherington will support the launch by reading my poems at the event.

Stay tuned for more information about ticketing, and also how to pre-order.

For now, here’s a copy of the artwork, which has been designed once again by the talented Jessica Fazakarley.

Tourniquet front cover

11
Aug
18

Recent publications

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to have had my work selected in two fine Australian journals.

My thanks to Sarah Holland-Batt for selecting ‘Wattlebird Pie’ for Island magazine and to Bella Li and Jill Jones for selecting ‘Pink’ for the most recent issue of Australian Poetry Anthology.

 

 

28
Jun
18

slake

I was thirsty, and there was no way to know

I was thirsty, so deep in my body – where

I was not dead, just sleeping

there was no real way to know,

no real reason to wake

I was thirsty

 

28
Jun
18

Australian Poetry Anthology 6

I will have a poem forthcoming in the July 2018 edition of Australian Poetry Anthology. Many thanks to Bella Li and Jill Jones for selecting my work.

The piece selected is ‘Pink’, a poem written for Trish Reid, an incredible poet and Tiger Poet who I’m lucky enough to call my friend.

The edition publishes on July 30, and looking forward to sharing with you then.

04
Mar
18

Tom Collins Prize

Late last year I entered one of my historical Tasmanian poems: ‘Mathinna’ into the Tom Collins Prize which is coordinated by the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Western Australia). There was a fantastic shortlist of poets so I was very excited to learn that I’d won a Highly Commended Award. Here’s the full winners’ list. Making this award even more wonderful was the fact that one of my favourite poets Judith Rodriguez was the judge.

Here is what she had to say about Mathinna.

Mathinna was a little indigenous Tasmanian girl, the daughter of an important man, who was after a fashion adopted by Lady Franklin, wife of a colonial governor. There is a beautiful oil painting of Mathinna. Lady Franklin was concerned to “civilise” her, dressing her, teaching her correct behaviour, showing her off. The Franklins separated her from what they thought wildness, but they left and did not take her with them. Her disoriented and drunken later life is seen alongside a description of the decayed mining township named after her. “Mathinna” is a powerful piece of writing by Vanessa Page QLD

 




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