NSW Kids & YA Lit Festival

IMG_4456On Saturday I was fortunate enough to attend NSW Writers’ Centre for their annual conference on Children’s and Young Adult Festival of Literature. It was great to meet some of the leading lights of their genres and hear them discussing their inspirations, writing processes and publication strategies. Maybe one day I’ll be one of them?





Storyteller/ author Boori Monty Prior.

IMG_4467Vivienne To






IMG_4475Isobelle Carmody.










Tonya Alexandra




painting the brook clear

Nice video from Russia using our music.

piano, mix, mastering: Doxent
tenor sax: Dave Merrick
bass: Martijn de Boer
shakuhachi: Rob Walker.

sandra the playwriter





It was great to catch up with Sandra Thibodeaux in Darwin last Thursday. Sandra (whom I met when she ran a fantastic poetry workshop in Adelaide as part of the Inaugural poet-in-residency for Australian Poetry) is also a very accomplished playwright ( NOT “play-writer Sandy!) Sandra’s play Whitebait was short-listed for the Brown’s Mart Theatre Award as part of the NT Literary Awards which were announced last Thursday night. Sadly she didn’t win – but I hope that her writing success continues!

photo credit.


The Stars like Sand


I’m very pleased to have my poem An accident waiting to happen published in a new anthology The Stars like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry (ed. Tim Jones & P. S. Cottier.)

The book’s about to be launched in both Melbourne and Canberra. Sadly I can’t make either launch but I can’t wait to read my copy!

I’m in esteemed company.

Poets include John Jenkins, David Adés, Alan Gould, John Tranter, Jan Owen, Diane Fahey, Joe Dolce, Sean Williams, Emilie Zoey Baker, Lizz Murphy, Jude Aquilina, Samuel Wagan Watson, Philip Salom, Judith Beveridge, Luke Davies, Lisa Jacobson, Peter Minter, Dorothy Porter, Michael Dransfield, Les Murray, Paul Hetherington, Peter Boyle, Tim Sinclair, Earl Livings, joanne burns, Matt Hetherington, Alex Skovron, Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Jill Jones.

Thanks to IP and especially Tim and Penelope for selecting my work for this massive undertaking.

NaPoWriMo Day 30: Phar Lap


Image by Patricia Mullins,    http://museumvictoria.com.au/about/books-and-journals/books/childrens/back-list/phar-lap-the-wonder-horse/




My final effort is my shortest. For my readers who are non-Australian – you’ll have to google the title – it’s too complicated. (U.S. – we’ve never forgiven you!)

Suffice to say that Phar Lap’s a (deceased) racehorse whose body parts are distributed widely.


Phar Lap.


Canberra has a heart.

Melbourne has a hide.

But Wellington

has the skellington.




Thanks to everyone who has read and commented on my poems over the last 30 days & special thanks to the NaPoWriMo participants, many of whom have inspired my work.

















Readers who aren’t Australian will have to google the title (- it’s too complicated. We’ve never forgiven you, U.S.!) Suffice to say that he was a race-horse whose body parts are now widely distributed…


Phar Lap.


Canberra has a heart.

Melbourne has a hide.

But Wellington

has the skellington.