Nov '13 16


I'll be reading some of my poems with super-talented poet Louise McKenna at 5.30 pm next Wednesday 20th November at the State Library of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide.

'Words @ the Wall' is a joint Friendly Street Poets and State Library event and is a lovely, unique kind of poetry reading. The library is a beautiful setting and the event itself - two poets reading for no longer than 45 minutes - gives the audience no time to get bored.

And it's free.


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Jul '13 9
Letter.Box.Stamp.Collect. is an installation by Pascalle Burton for the Queensland Poetry Festival 2013, which will be held from 23-25 August.

I'm delighted that my poem, 'yesterday's images', is published as part of the circular poetry featured here.

You can read here about the 'letterboxing' concept, which dates back to the 19th century.

Poetic geocaching, anyone?

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Mar '13 6
What a feast of poetry performances, book launches and readings over the past few months. (See what I'm doing here? Heading towards the excuse 'I've been too busy to update my website' which, as we all know, is just that: an excuse.)

Alison Flett and I had great fun as guest readers - of the celtic kind - at Poets' Corner in January.

I went to the moving launch of the book Too afraid to cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann.

One great performance at the Adelaide Fringe Festival was Anthropoetry by Ben Mellor. Ben was also a guest at Friendly Street earlier this week.

'Breathing spaces' was an interesting performance at Greenaway Art Gallery by poets Cecilia White, Mike Ladd, Jill Jones, Juan Garrido-Salgado, Jude Aquilina and Andre Lawrence who were accompanied by musician Nick Tsavios and projected landscape images by Annette Willis.

This week we're in the thick of Adelaide Writers' Week. Yesterday I went to see/hear five poets read: Cath Kenneally, Karen Solie, Kurt Heinzelman, Harry Ricketts and John Tranter.

It's also been a sad time, with the unexpected passing in January of a fine poet and friend, John Pfitzner, RIP. The evening before, he had been at the Poets' Corner event at which Alison and I were reading. At the end of the evening, I touched his arm lightly and said 'See you at such-and-such'. With a big grin he replied that he was looking forward to it. Later I wondered why these final words were not weighted with the gravitas of 'adieu' rather than the light certainty of 'see you later'. You can read a lovely tribute to him here.

I haven't been writing very much lately, but this will change as I start to schedule my days to incorporate writing and research. I intend to post more poems here soon, so keep revisiting, okay?



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Nov '12 7


I just received my two copies of The Best Australian Poems 2012 edited by John Tranter.

I'm honoured to have one of my poems, 'Sampling Lily', included.

You can read more and buy The Best Australian Poems 2012 here.

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Nov '12 4
I'm one of a number of South Australian poets who have written poems inspired by the renowned stained glass in St. Bart's, one of Adelaide's oldest churches.

We will be reading the poems at Light and Glorie: an evening of stained glass and poetry on Saturday 10 November (10:11:12).

Light and Glorie, a book featuring a selection of the poems and colour images of the windows, will be available for purchase on the night.

All proceeds from the event will go towards the work of the Magdalene Centre. Drinks and nibbles provided.

Come along and listen to some poetry for the soul!



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Nov '12 1
I'm thrilled to see my poem 'Duality' published in Cordite Poetry Review Issue 40.0: Interlocutor.

And I'm in the company of talented South Australian poets Rachael Mead, Heather Taylor Johnson and David Ades.

Hop on over there now for some fine poem-y goodness.

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Sep '12 20
I was thrilled to be invited to read at the Lee Marvin readings last Tuesday (18 September).

Other readers on the evening included Nicholas Jose, Doug Mason and Canberra-based poet Geoff Page.

Here are some images from the evening, including me in action. All of these were taken by Martin Christmas (himself a writer, theatre director and showman). Thank you Martin!




Me (left) with wonderful poets Rachael Mead and Alison Flett.



Me with Doug Mason (who read some of his lovely Haikus).























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Sep '12 19
Last Friday (14 September) I had a guest spot on 'Chill the Friday Out', a fabulous late-night community radio program at PBA FM. It was a last-minute invite so I didn't have time to post the link here!

The program is hosted by producer and all-round musical talent Stefan Todor.

I read five of my poems and of course I had great fun!

There is a tiny chance that I may post the video to YouTube (Robert recorded me). I'll let you know if/when I post it!


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May '12 18
What a nice cheer-me-up: my poem 'Damp gossip' is published today in InDaily.

Read it here.

Thank you, InDaily.

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May '12 8
Last year (19 and 21 November) I read a few poems on Cath Kenneally's Writers' Radio program (digital radio, online and 101.5FM).

I've just noticed that the podcast is now available to download from the website.

Here's a direct link to the podcast.

I start around the 20-minute mark.

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May '12 2
I am surprised, pleased and very grateful: my poem 'I will not mourn you' is Friendly Street Poets poem of the month for April.

You can read it here.

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Nov '11 18
I will be reading a few as yet unpublished poems and chatting with Cath Kenneally on the Writers' Radio program (digital radio, online and 101.5fm) at 1.30pm tomorrow (Sat 19 Nov). The program will be repeated at 3.30pm on Monday (21 Nov).

The program will then be available as a podcast to download for your listening pleasure here.

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Nov '11 14
Great news for all Kindle owners and poetry lovers!

My second book, 17 poems: one for every year of innocence is now available on Amazon for download to your Kindle.

Get it here.

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Nov '11 11
Yesterday (11/11/11) I won the Sydney Writers' Centre
11-word story competition, which I entered at the, umm, 11th hour (sorry!).

My 11-word winner was this:

She took 11 minutes to regain consciousness. She forgave him again.

You can read all the great entries here.

Thank you Sydney Writer's Centre. I'm looking forward to receiving my prize (a selection of books).

What fun!

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May '11 30
Remember, if you buy my latest poetry collection, Lead Skeletons, you are also supporting Ovarian Cancer Australia, who receives 10% of the sale price of each copy.

There are still a few numbered copies of Lead Skeletons left, so don't miss out.

Support this worthy charity now... you can purchase from the drop-down menu on the left-hand side of this screen, or you can go to White Wave Press and buy from there.

Thanks in advance!

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