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Saturdays…with Shirley MacLaine

Looking forward to reading with a few of my favourites tomorrow at the July session of Saturdays, at Can You Keep a Secret? in Woolloongabba.

Come along and hear from the line-up of Pam Brown, Bridget Thomas, Pascalle Burton and myself and warm up with a drink or two! I’ll be reading from Tourniquet and also reading a few new poems.

Jump onto Facebook to read more about the event. Hope to see you there!

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Join me at QPF 2019!

It was great to attend the Program Launch of the 2019 Queensland Poetry Festival – Deep Listening last Saturday. Even more wonderful to see the diverse range of poets and voices who I will be performing alongside at this year’s festival.

The launch featured the fabulous Ellen Van Neerven who framed the opening with a reflection on this year’s NADOC theme of Voice, Treaty, Truth – which of course were key elements of the Uluru Statement From The Heart.

I’ll be performing a long-form work ‘The Coriolis Effect’ on Saturday August 24 at the Judith Wright Centre.

Do check out the program – there are plenty of great events happening over the course of the weekend. More to come…


A hinterland reading

My thanks to the Calanthe Collective for programming me as the feature poet for May. It was a great evening of words and the group weren’t exaggerating about the requirement to book early with a full house at Clancy’s!

I was fortunate enough to have an extended performance time of 45 minutes, which enabled me to delve back into some of my earlier work, including a poem from my first chapbook ‘Feeding Paper Tigers’.

The Calanthe Collective has created a terrific poetry community on Mount Tamborine and I’m looking forward to reading some of the Calanthe Press publications, including Jena Woodhouse’s ‘Green Dance’ and Raymond Curtis’ ‘The view westward’.



Cordite 91: Monster

A big thank you to Nathan Curnow, editor of Cordite’s Monster issue, for selecting my poem ‘Thursday Night, 1979’. Like many of my poems it is dark and domestic – fragments of moments recalled in the haze that is a childhood. I’m looking forward to reading the rest of the issue!

Read my poem here.



Poetry@Clancy’s May 20

I’ll be heading down the M1 next month to the Gold Coast Hinterland for an extended poetry reading. Hosted by the Calanthe Collective, I’m the guest poet on the bill for the May session of Poetry@Clancy’s.

If you live on the Gold Coast and would like to come and hear me read from Confessional Box and Tourniquet or pick up a copy of both I’d love to see you there.

I’m told these nights can book out so if you are interested, here’s everything you need to know and book:

Date: Monday 20 May 2019

Venue: Clancy’s Irish Bar and Restaurant, 2 Main Street North Tamborine

To book: Call 07 5545 1531.

The event starts at 6pm with readings underway at 6:30pm. There’s also a ‘Blackboard Poets’ section where you can bring along one of your own pieces to read.

Hope to see you there!



On Friday evening, I joined Lionel Fogarty for Couplet at Brisbane Square Library, courtesy of the Queensland Poetry Festival.

I read a trio of ‘Toowoomba poems’ from my new book Tourniquet, a couple of new poems from my recent travels in South East Asia and I debuted a longer extract of a new work – The Coriolis Effect.

My thanks to those who came to listen, and especially to those who felt moved by The Coriolis Effect and came to share their thoughts with me afterwards. It’s always great to hear that sort of feedback on a new piece’s first outing. If my words are giving people the feels, then my words are doing their job – and well.

The next little while will be spent refining The Coriolis Effect further, and I hope in the future to be able to perform the entire suite of poems.

Here are a few pics from the event.


Join me for Couplet on April 5

With thanks to QPF, I’ll be performing at the April Couplet at Brisbane Square Library alongside Lionel Fogarty.

Couplet is, as the name suggests, a reading by two poets in a great performance space – upstairs at BSL and overlooking Reddacliff Place and the Treasury lights as evening falls. The event kicks off at 5:30, and it’s free.

I’ll be reading a trio of poems from Tourniquet, a couple of new ones and I’ll also be debuting an extract from my new work ‘The Coriolis Effect’. I’ll also have copies of Confessional Box and Tourniquet with me and available for sale.

More information is available on the event page on Facebook

CoupletHope to see you there!

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