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save the date! botanical skin launches next month…

It’s the home stretch now as I prepare for the launch of my fifth collection of poems ‘Botanical Skin’ which is being published by Mount Tamborine based Calanthe Press.

The launch will be at Under the Greenwood Tree bookshop in Mount Tamborine on Sunday 25 July. I’ll also be doing a full reading the following evening, Monday 26 July. Details including timing, how to book, how to pre-order a copy and the announcement of who will be launching ‘Botanical Skin’ coming soon.

For now, here’s a sneak preview of the book’s cover…featuring a stunning photograph of Mogg’s Creek in Victoria taken by my talented friend Melanie Wilson.


Moths live at Cordite

My poem Moths is now live at Cordite and is part of a selection of poems by John Kinsella and Jeanine Leane for the No Theme 10 issue.

Head there now to check it all out – the issue includes some amazing poems from some of my fellow Queensland friends and poets.


upcoming poems in print

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve submitted internationally, as I tend to focus on the domestic scene…perhaps that’s because my writing seems to have so many cultural references that I always feel as though it might not resonate as deeply or well in another market. In any case, my poem ‘Silky Oak’ was this week selected as a finalist in the Stephen DiBiase Poetry Content for 2021. This contest is based out of New York, USA and has been running annually since 2015. This year, of the some 900 submissions received, half of those were international. All the poems will be published soon on the website and when they are up, I’ll post a link.

UPDATED: Here’s the direct link to the DiBiase site. Unfortunately the formatting is lost here, but no biggie.

Also this week I learned that my poem ‘Moths’ has been accepted for Cordite Poetry Journal for the No Theme 10 issue. My thanks to John Kinsella and Jeanine Leane for selecting my work. It is always a great honour to be published in Cordite. Again, once the issue publishes, I’ll post a link to the poem here.

In terms of manuscript news – a final draft is mostly completed and due to Calanthe Press by the end of this month so that the editorial process can begin. I’m very much looking forward to working with the Calanthe team on this book, which will be my 5th [and my second locally (Queensland) published collection].


A new book with Calanthe Press

I’m delighted to share that I’ll be working with Queensland’s own Calanthe Press on a new poetry collection in 2021. My thanks to the Editorial Committee for their interest in my work and their support for local artists.

More details about the book including title, launch date and launch performances will be forthcoming over the next few months.


2020 Wrap

In theory – 2020 would have been a year where I had more time than ever to write – but for me it was one of the busiest years I have had, with work and with family life. Still, there were moments of productivity and creativity and along the way a number of poems found their way out into the world.

2021 is shaping up well and I hope to have an exciting announcement early in the New Year about what is coming next. In the meantime, here’s a wrap of 2020:


Not Very Quiet Volume 7 – ‘Mother is a Cyclo’

Australian Poetry Anthology Volume 8 – ‘One hundred years at the marriage table’

Writ Poetry review #4 – ‘Songbirds of Saigon’

Plumwood Mountain 7.1 (Plant Poetics) – ‘Silky Oak’ and ‘Banksia Serrata’

Verity La – ‘Box Kite’

Stylus Lit Issue 7 – ‘Eating banh mi near Ben Thanh’

Ipswich Poetry Feast – 2nd Prize Picture Ipswich: ‘Artefacts from my grandmother’s house’

As always, many thanks to those who have bought books in 2020 and supported local writers, poets, artists. I write because I want to be read, so having my books in the hands of many is what brings the greatest joy.


Not Very Quiet Vol 7

Last night Volume 7 of Not Very Quiet – an online journal that showcases women’s writing was launched and I was very happy to be a part of the issue.

My thanks to Guest Editor Anne Casey for selecting ‘Mother is a Cyclo’- another of my Ho Chi Minh City poems which has found a perfect place in this excellent online journal.

Do head there when you have a few moments to read some excellent writing. Not Very Quiet positions itself as an opportunity for action and doing better by providing a dedicated space for women’s poetry on topics and issues that matter. It’s great to be a part of it.


AP Anthology in hard copy

It’s always nice to come home and find a hard copy waiting, and this issue of Australian Poetry Anthology will be a great read! Head to the website to order yours.


Australian poetry anthology Vol 8

Thanks to guest editors Melinda Smith and Sara Saleh for including my poem ‘100 years at the marriage table’ in the 2020 Australian Poetry Anthology (Vol 8). The Anthology was launched last night 20 July 2020 and is well worth checking out – with some wonderful Queensland voices included. Visit the Australian Poetry website to find out how to order yourself a copy.

AP Anthology 8 (2)


A poem at Writ Poetry Review

My thanks to the Siobhan and Alexis at Writ Poetry Review for selecting my poem ‘Songbirds of Saigon’ in the latest issue #4, published today. Read it and many more words by visiting the Writ Review website.

Songbirds of Saigon is an observational poem about generational and environmental change. It was written at the Tao Dan Park Bird Cafe in Ho Chi Minh City, where men have brought their prized songbirds for decades to learn new songs. It’s a tradition and daily ritual of connection for the ‘bird men of Saigon’, as much as for the birds. The poem also comments on the possibility of extinction, as the modern world closes in around the scene.



two poems at Plumwood Mountain

Thank you to John Charles Ryan for selecting two of my poems for the latest issue of Plumwood Mountain – 7.1 Plant Poetics.

Plumwood Mountain is an Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics edited by Anne Elvey. I’m so pleased to have these two poems join some really wonderful writing in this issue.

You can read Silky Oak and Banksia Serrata now.

Plumwood Mountain

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