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Couplet at Brisbane Square Library

On Friday 4 April I’ll be sharing the Couplet limelight with Scott Sneddon, aka Scott Wings – one of our land’s premier performance talents. Scott’s just returned to Brisbane after rave reviews at the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

Couplet is a monthly event, hosted by David Stavanger who is the Reader in Residence at the Brisbane Square Library. Couplet is about pairing two voices together for an hour of poetry, and the pairing of very different voices is what makes this event so exciting. It’s also a little bit ‘page’ vs ‘stage’ in nature, so if you are curious about the differences between a page poet and a performance poet, then this event is definitely for you!

I’ll be reading primarily new material from a current manuscript and also from a special project that I’m working on with John Koenig.  This is my first feature reading for the year so I’m looking forward to stepping up to the mic and sharing some new work. There’ll also be copies of Confessional Box there on the night in case anyone still wants to pick up a copy.

Now, the details:

Friday 4 April 2014

Brisbane Square Library, 266 George Street Brisbane


FREE and no need to book.

More information is available on Facebook or the library website.



new poems and a review

There’s been plenty happening over the past month or so…so this blog post is a bit of a catch up.

Firstly, I was thrilled to read a third review of Confessional Box on Cordite this week. This one was by Siobhan Hodge and I really enjoyed reading about her experiences with the book, particularly her unpicking of some of the poems that have a ‘male voice’, as so much of the book is from a feminine perspective. The Harwood comparison was a real compliment, and while I hadn’t initially seen it, there is certainly a resonance between ‘In the Park’ and ‘Wife’.  You can read the full review here:

I also came across Stuart Barnes’ recent piece for Shot Glass Journal: A cento for 14 Australian poets. Stuart has kindly included me in this poem, leading off with a line from ‘Five Fifty-Three am’. I’m in some great company in this cento – so thanks Stuart! Here’s the link:

My focus on chipping away with submissions has been also bearing some fruit with ‘Break-up’ published in the latest Tincture Journal, ‘Canary in the coal town’ published as Australian Poetry’s ‘poem of the fortnight’, a submission accepted for Grapple Annual, and poems in Cordite: Silence and Sotto as well as a poem forthcoming for foam:e.

You can pick up a copy of Tincture Journal here:

And here is the link to AP’s poem of the fortnight:

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