Archive for May, 2015


Recent poems and poetry news

Part of China Bull has found a home and I couldn’t be happier! The Annie Caroline section of the work will be appearing in an upcoming edition of Rabbit as part of a double volume called ‘Biography’. The two parts should be available by the end of June and I can’t wait to read all of the works.

My poem ‘Petrichor’ has also been accepted for publication in Southerly’s upcoming Elemental issue. This is the first time my work has found its way into these wo respected journals, and its wonderful to keep opening up my poetry to new audiences by finding homes in many and varied journals and publications. I also recently received my copy of Cuttlefish – a very handsome new journal out of WA and edited by Roland Leach. My poem ‘Papier Mache’ can be found in its pages, along with some beautiful illustrations and artwork.

It’s getting cooler in Brisbane (well marginally) and as always, at this time of year the poetry events continue to inspire in the lead up to the amazing Queensland Poetry Festival. Earlier this year I was so thrilled to meet Judith Rodriguez and hear her perform a set of her work at Speedpoets. I have a copy of Judith’s 1982 release ‘Witch Heart’ and have found myself going back to it a number of times since. I also picked up a copy of Judith’s latest work, which retells the true story of Minnie Thwaites. As a lover of history and non fiction poetry, it really struck a chord.
Vanessa Page and Judith Rodriguez

It was also great to join Matt Hetherington for the launch of his new haiku collection ‘For Instance’. At a chilly evening at Pallet in West End, we gathered to enjoy the simplicity and power of Matt’s new collection. Launched by Nathan Shepherdson (as Pascalle Burton) and featuring a set from David Stavanger – it was a great way to spend a couple of hours.
For Instance

Last Friday evening, I joined with a small group at Archives Fine Books to read the poems of Judith Wright, as part of her 100th birthday celebrations. Archives has a wonderful reading space and you could definitely feel the spirit of Judith alive in the room as those gathered read their favourite pieces. I read a poem called ‘Sanctuary’ and it’s one of those poems that is beautiful and works under your skin and can truly spellbind.

Looking forward, I’m currently preparing a set of my work for the University of Southern Queensland Bookcase – a two-day literary festival in Toowoomba. I was excited to be invited back and this year I’ll be performing on the 18th July from 3:30-4pm on the performance stage. As we get closer, I’ll share more details, but the program is already available to view on the USQ website.


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