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2018 in review

While 2018 was a year largely devoted to the finalisation of my 4th collection Tourniquet, which launched in October, my writing was also published in a number of journals and anthologies throughout the year. My thanks for the editors and judges for their consideration of my work and the subsequent publication.

Here’s a quick wrap of the year in print:

Tourniquet (Walleah Press) – launched October 2018, Brisbane

“The Mouth of the Spider” – Long-listed for the 2018 University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s Award, and published in the anthology ‘Signs’

“Wattlebird Pie” – published in Island magazine, issue 152

“Pink” – published in Australian Poetry Anthology, July 2018

“Mathinna” – Highly Commended in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize

“Fernvale Road Ghosts” – Third Prize winner, 2018 Ipswich Poetry Feast

I was also able to perform my poems at the final Saturdays event for 2018 – a fabulous local event connecting Brisbane poets for readings, open mic and cold beverages.

Since the launch of Tourniquet, I’ve been able to turn my attention to the development of some new material, including a long-form verse narrative piece and many other poems that have been waiting patiently for their turn!

Happy New Year, everyone.


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.



Signs anthology

My poem ‘The Mouth of the Spider’ was long-listed for this year’s University of Canberra Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize. Being long-listed for this one is really prestigious, and you only have to look at the calibre of poets published in the prize’s very handsome anthology ‘Signs’ to see this! It’s always great to see fellow Queensland poets representing too and lovely to see Sarah Holland-Batt win runner-up and BR Dionysius earn a short-list. Congratulations to all!42570060_10156800470118724_2251060112942694400_n (1)


Tourniquet is coming!

It’s getting close now. My second full length book is almost ready to go, and will be launched on October 23 at Avid Reader in Brisbane.

Tourniquet is a collection of both new and published poems, assembled from the past four years of work. The wonderful Walleah Press will once again publish the book.

Details of the launch event will soon be on the Avid site, but I can reveal that Ynes Sanz will be launching the book and that Chloe Callistemon, Trudie Murrell, Trish Reid and Matt Hetherington will support the launch by reading my poems at the event.

Stay tuned for more information about ticketing, and also how to pre-order.

For now, here’s a copy of the artwork, which has been designed once again by the talented Jessica Fazakarley.

Tourniquet front cover


Recent publications

Recently I’ve been lucky enough to have had my work selected in two fine Australian journals.

My thanks to Sarah Holland-Batt for selecting ‘Wattlebird Pie’ for Island magazine and to Bella Li and Jill Jones for selecting ‘Pink’ for the most recent issue of Australian Poetry Anthology.





I was thirsty, and there was no way to know

I was thirsty, so deep in my body – where

I was not dead, just sleeping

there was no real way to know,

no real reason to wake

I was thirsty


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