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note’ which were both named as runners up in the 2011 and  2010 Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript.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, Henry Kendall Poetry Prize 2017 for ‘Margaret Olley’s Flannel Flowers’
  • Winner, Picture Ipswich Award 2017 for ‘Norman Foote Among the Pumpkins’
  • Overall Winner, Ipswich Poetry Feast 2017
  • Shortlisted, Kalang Retreat ‘Tracking Nature’ residency
  • 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 V 2016
  • Cordite: Explode 2016
  • Pressure Gauge 2017
  • Island 2018 (forthcoming)

I have performed my poetry at the following events:

  • 2017 Feature artist at Anti-Malcolm Roberts gig, Ipswich
  • 2017 Feature artist at Conform: Never!, Ipswich
  • 2015 Performer at Queensland Poetry Festival
    2015 Feature artist at USQ Bookcase Toowoomba
    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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