IMG_0368 I am a Brisbane based poet and mother of two, originally from Toowoomba on the   Darling Downs.

In 2013, my first full-length book Confessional Box was named the winner of the FAW Anne Elder Award at the National Literary Awards in Melbourne.

Confessional Box was born from my first two manuscripts – ‘Confessional Box’ and ‘The    lost art of penning you a love note’ which were both named as runners up in the 2011 and  2010 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript.

Another collection of poetry – Memory Bone, was earlier shortlisted for the 2010 Press Press Prize.

In April 2011 a micro-collection of my work ‘Feeding Paper Tigers’ was published as part of Brisbane New Voices Vol III. In February 2013 my first full length book ‘Confessional Box’ was published by Walleah Press.

In 2013, another manuscript was shortlisted for the 2013 John Knight Memorial Manuscript prize.

In 2014, I wrote a collaborative piece with John Koenig called ‘China Bull’. We have performed this piece widely and in 2014 it was shortlisted for the Whitmore Prize. China Bull was published by Work & Tumble in 2015, after winning the chapbook manuscript competition, and launched by Trudie Murrell at Dayboro, north of Brisbane.


Over the past few years my poetry has figured in a number of prizes including:

Winner, Martha Richardson Poetry Prize 2016 for ‘Christmas Day in Harlaxton’

Highly Commended, Ipswich Poetry Feast 2016 for ‘The Mort Street Badlands’
Long-listed, Ron Pretty Poetry Prize 2014 for ‘The Mort Street Badlands’
Winner, Martha Richardson Memorial Poetry Prize 2014 for ‘Something old, something new’
Shortlisted, ACU Literature Prize 2014 for ‘Pristella Maxillaris”
Longlisted, University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s Poetry Prize 2014 for ‘Signs of Life’
Winner, FAW Anne Elder Award 2013 for Confessional Box
Shortlisted, John Knight Memorial Manuscript Prize, 2013
Winner (Mentorship Prize) 2012 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Tough Love’
2nd Prize (Open Local) 2012 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Sally Owens Rides Out’
Highly Commended (Open Local) 2012 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Tallegalla’
Highly Commended (Open Local) 2012 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Territory’
Highly Commended (Open Age) 2012 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘Tough Love’
Shortlisted 2012 Page 17 poetry competition for ‘Confessional Box’
1st Prize (Ipswich Open Age) 2011 Ipswich Poetry Feast for “Limestone Park”
2nd Prize (Open Local) 2011 Ipswich Poetry Feast for “Final”
Highly Commended (Open Other) 2011 Ipswich Poetry Feast for “Chrysalid”
1st Prize, 2011 USQ Poetry Competition for “Awakening”
3rd Prize, 2011 Banjo Patterson Literary Awards for “Saddle Dreaming”
1st Prize of the 2010 USQ Poetry Prize for ‘Christmas, 1982’
Commendation for “Loss” in the 2010 USQ Poetry Prize
Highly Commended collaborative art/poetry piece with Maryanne Oliver for ‘Puddings’ at the 2010 Tenterfield Brush with Verse competition
Highly Commended at 2010 Laura Literary Awards and Gumnuts competitions
2nd Prize, 2009 Ipswich Poetry Feast for “Between Barcaldine and Us”
Highly Commended at the 2008 Ipswich Poetry Feast for ‘shapes in the weather’

My poems have appeared in the following publications:

Australian Poetry: Members Anthology
Cordite: Obsolete 2015
Writ Review Issue 2
ACU Literature Prize shortlist chapbook
Regime Magazine Issue 04
SpeedPoets zine
The Bluepepper
2010 Central Coast Poets Inc Anthology
Cordite: Gibberbird: of birds and other strings – a poetic conversation 2012
Cordite: Silence 2014
2012 Queensland Poetry Festival Anthology
Page Seventeen, Issue 10
Page Seventeen, Issue 11
foam:e Issue 11
Tincture Journal
Grapple Annual
Australian Poetry – poem of the fortnight

Southerly: Elemental

Rabbit: Biography

Writ Review, 2016

Australian Poetry Journal 5.2

Australian Poetry Journal 6.1

Cordite: The End 2015

Cordite: No Theme 2016

Cordite: Explode 2016

I have performed my poetry at the following events:
2015 Feature artist at USQ Bookcase Toowoomba (forthcoming)
2015 Feature artist at Poets Corner, Maroochydore ‘China Bull’ with John Koenig
2014 Feature artist and workshop panellist at USQ Bookcase, Toowoomba
2014 Feature Artist at Riverbend Poetry Series ‘China Bull’ with John Koenig
2014 Call-back poet for the month at Speedpoets
2014 Feature artist at ‘Couplet’ at the Brisbane Square Library
2013 Performer at the 21 Queensland Poets show at Poetry Open Words
2013 Feature artist at ‘Whispers’ – at the State Library of Queensland
2013 Guest feature at the Ipswich launch of B.R Dionysius’ ‘Bowra’
2013 SpeedPoets Feature Artist and book launch at the Hideaway
2013 Launch of Confessional Box at Riverbend Books
2012 Queensland Poetry Festival
2012 Launch of Feeding Paper Tigers at Riverbend Books
2011 Riverbend Poetry Series for the Queensland Poetry Festival at Riverbend Books
2010 Poetry Month Author Readings at Avid Reader
SpeedPoets, first Sunday of the month
Nuyorican Open Mic, New York City
Winner, 2011 SpeedPoets Open Mic Championships


Brisbane New Voices III – ‘Feeding Paper Tigers’ 2012, Another Lost Shark Press (SOLD OUT)
‘Confessional Box’ 2013, Walleah Press – contact me to order or visit the Walleah Press website.

‘China Bull’ (chapbook), 2015 Work & Tumble (SOLD OUT) – co-authored by John Koenig


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