Poetry@Clancy’s May 20

I’ll be heading down the M1 next month to the Gold Coast Hinterland for an extended poetry reading. Hosted by the Calanthe Collective, I’m the guest poet on the bill for the May session of Poetry@Clancy’s.

If you live on the Gold Coast and would like to come and hear me read from Confessional Box and Tourniquet or pick up a copy of both I’d love to see you there.

I’m told these nights can book out so if you are interested, here’s everything you need to know and book:

Date: Monday 20 May 2019

Venue: Clancy’s Irish Bar and Restaurant, 2 Main Street North Tamborine

To book: Call 07 5545 1531.

The event starts at 6pm with readings underway at 6:30pm. There’s also a ‘Blackboard Poets’ section where you can bring along one of your own pieces to read.

Hope to see you there!



On Friday evening, I joined Lionel Fogarty for Couplet at Brisbane Square Library, courtesy of the Queensland Poetry Festival.

I read a trio of ‘Toowoomba poems’ from my new book Tourniquet, a couple of new poems from my recent travels in South East Asia and I debuted a longer extract of a new work – The Coriolis Effect.

My thanks to those who came to listen, and especially to those who felt moved by The Coriolis Effect and came to share their thoughts with me afterwards. It’s always great to hear that sort of feedback on a new piece’s first outing. If my words are giving people the feels, then my words are doing their job – and well.

The next little while will be spent refining The Coriolis Effect further, and I hope in the future to be able to perform the entire suite of poems.

Here are a few pics from the event.


Join me for Couplet on April 5

With thanks to QPF, I’ll be performing at the April Couplet at Brisbane Square Library alongside Lionel Fogarty.

Couplet is, as the name suggests, a reading by two poets in a great performance space – upstairs at BSL and overlooking Reddacliff Place and the Treasury lights as evening falls. The event kicks off at 5:30, and it’s free.

I’ll be reading a trio of poems from Tourniquet, a couple of new ones and I’ll also be debuting an extract from my new work ‘The Coriolis Effect’. I’ll also have copies of Confessional Box and Tourniquet with me and available for sale.

More information is available on the event page on Facebook

CoupletHope to see you there!


Tourniquet reviewed in Foam:e

Tourniquet has had its first published review, in the current edition of foam:e. My thanks to Jena Woodhouse for this very thoughtful review!

Click here to read.


StylusLit Issue 5

My thanks to Rosanna Licari at StylusLit for including one of my poems in Issue 5.

The poem is ‘Finding Faith at the Bones of St Peter’ and is a reflection of a trip I took to Vatican City a while back.

There are some great poems in the Issue so I hope you spend some time lingering there.

To read my poem, click here.


2018 in review

While 2018 was a year largely devoted to the finalisation of my 4th collection Tourniquet, which launched in October, my writing was also published in a number of journals and anthologies throughout the year. My thanks for the editors and judges for their consideration of my work and the subsequent publication.

Here’s a quick wrap of the year in print:

Tourniquet (Walleah Press) – launched October 2018, Brisbane

“The Mouth of the Spider” – Long-listed for the 2018 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Award, and published in the anthology ‘Signs’

“Wattlebird Pie” – published in Island magazine, issue 152

“Pink” – published in Australian Poetry Anthology, July 2018

“Mathinna” – Highly Commended in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize

“Fernvale Road Ghosts” – Third Prize winner, 2018 Ipswich Poetry Feast

I was also able to perform my poems at the final Saturdays event for 2018 – a fabulous local event connecting Brisbane poets for readings, open mic and cold beverages.

Since the launch of Tourniquet, I’ve been able to turn my attention to the development of some new material, including a long-form verse narrative piece and many other poems that have been waiting patiently for their turn!

Happy New Year, everyone.


Tourniquet is launched!

My new collection of poetry – Tourniquet was launched at Avid Reader, West End on 23 October. The timing was great – we were back to balmy weather after a couple of weeks of rain and the venue was full to standing room with my friends, family and Brisbane poets.

As I acknowledged on the evening, this book would not have been possible without the support of Ralph Wessman from Walleah Press, the support of my family and kids and the strength of our local poetry community which inspires me to keep writing, and keep improving at my craft.

Proceedings kicked off with fabulous micro-readings from Trish Reid, Trudie Murrell, Matt Hetherington and Chloe Callistemon. To me, this is what a launch is all about – celebrating poetry and bringing different styles to new ears – many of whom in attendance who had never been to a poetry reading before.

Ynes Sanz kindly launched my book – and, as she was my primary choice for this, I was thrilled when she said yes! Ynes and I had worked together previously as part of a mentorship, and one of the poems we workshopped together many years ago now, appears in Tourniquet. You can read Ynes’ launch speech by visiting the ‘Reviews’ page here on this blog.

The poems I chose to read from the book on the night were: Pristella Maxillaris, Margaret Olley’s Flannel Flowers, A Remittance Man, Farm Duties, Home, Christmas Day in Harlaxton, Aylan, Mathinna and Skin.

All in all, it was the perfect launch and the perfect evening. Launching a new book is a special thing and to see the support in the room meant everything. Thanks to all who attended, all who have ordered a copy of the book from me and all those who have sent good wishes in the lead up to the event.

Buying a copy of the book…

Please contact me on page_ve@yahoo.com.au to obtain a copy of the book. To celebrate the launch I’m also doing a bundle – Confessional Box and Tourniquet for $30 posted to anywhere in Australia. If you’d just like Tourniquet, I can post copies for $20 Australia-wide. If you’re international, let me know and I’ll work out a postage cost for you.


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