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the next big thing

Graham Nunn has tapped me on the shoulder to continue a self interview which has been started by Ivy Alvarez. The purpose of the self-interview is to discuss my latest book/blog/writing and then tap five other writers on the shoulder to do the same. Graham has already posted his interview, in which he discusses his latest project ‘I, Land’. You can check it out now over at Another Lost Shark.

So here is my attempt! The project for discussion is my new book ‘Confessional Box’, which is being launched in February. Check back here for links to the five other writers who will be participating in the self-interview process.

What is the title of your book?

Confessional Box

What genre does your book fall under?


What is the one sentence synopsis of your book?

I’d say poems about love, loss and hope in domestic and Queensland-based settings. But my friends Brett Dionysius and Graham Nunn say this a little more eloquently:

“Confessional Box maps the undulating landscapes of home, love and letting go. Page’s poems are sensuous, compassionate and filled with quiet wisdom; they are a celebration of the world’s infinite gifts.” — Graham Nunn

“Page’s poems are growth rings in the tree of human experience. Like the embodied moment, these are poems to run your hands over and remember how they felt. Page’s sensual poems are a fine addition to the contemporary Australian lyric.” — B. R. Dionysius

Where did the idea come from for the book?

The idea for the book was born out of a conversation with Ralph Wessman from Walleah Press at the 2012 Queensland Poetry Festival. Ralph approached me asking if he could publish my two shortlisted Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize manuscripts in a single volume. The two manuscripts were almost companion pieces so it was a perfect fit.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?

The poems in the book are almost a ‘best of’ of my total work to date. Most of these poems were written between 2009 and 2012. The manuscripts were each assembled at the time of submission from a fairly extensive pool of old and new poems. Confessional Box in its complete form came together quite quickly…a couple of months from my initial conversation with Ralph.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

No person in particular…I think my desire to see these words in printed form and out in the world for others to discover was the main motivating force. Also the incredible synergy and inspiration I receive from others in the Brisbane poetry scene encourages me to keep writing and keep moving forward with my work.

Will your book be self published or represented by an agency?

The book will be published by Tasmanian publisher Walleah Press.

What other books would you compare this book to within your genre?

I don’t know what books I would compare this one to. As a debut full length collection, I think the readers will best decide where this book sits in comparison to others.

What actors would you choose to play the characters in a movie rendition?

Many of the voices in the poems are female so it would probably be a female lead…perhaps compatriot ranga Miranda Otto.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?

I’d like to think the book will evoke emotional responses in the readers. There is a real mix of darkness and beauty in the poems. Each poem is crafted with care, using domestic language and emotional and textural layering. The book is divided into three parts, with each of the parts working as a complementary whole. I am very happy with the finished product; a culmination of my work to date.

An extra special aspect of this book is that my friend and Brisbane artist Maryanne Oliver (who I have known since Grade One) designed the cover art and has also designed some limited edition bookmarks for the launch events.

Speaking of the launch/es, the first will be held on Tuesday 19 February 2013 at Riverbend Books, Bulimba. A follow up launch will be happening at the first Speedpoets event for 2013 on Saturday 23 February at its exciting new venue The Hideaway.


How to end the poetry year with a bang!

Last night I was absolutely privileged to be in attendance at the first Raw Poet Roar! event, featuring a cross section of Brisbane’s finest spoken word poets and artists. The twinkling fairy lights in the back garden of West End gallery The Box, provided the perfect setting for what would be an explosion of words – shouted, whispered, roared, sung and savoured.

It was great to be there to support Brisbane scene stalwarts and good friends John Koenig, Trudie Murrell and Vuong Pham as they took their turns at the mic and also to hear some new Brisbane voices. Hosted by Fern Thompsett and masterminded by Scott Sneddon (aka Darkwing Dubs) it was the perfect way to say goodbye to the 2012 poetry year. We were treated to such gems as a 30 minute set from Darkwing himself, a re-telling of Michael Cohen’s classic Sausage Roll homage and the power and passion of Martin Ingle and Josh Donellan’s words.

All this action fittingly occurring under the watchful gaze of Brisbane’s godfathers of the contemporary poetry scene – Graham Nunn and David Stavanger, who graced the venue via giant posters. Guests were invited to pin the nuns on Graham or pin the mouths on Ghostboy – with many taking on the challenge.

It is sad to close the door on 2012 but what a way to go out! Bring on 2013!

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