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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 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.



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 Tourniquet sells for $18 plus postage or I’m doing a copy of both Tourniquet and Confessional Box for $30 plus postage.


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