Original Clichés takes off!



Many thanks to everyone who made possible the recent launch of my collection Original Clichés at the South Australian Writers Centre. A good crowd for a stormy night!

The book was generously launched by Dr Amelia Walker and Mike Ladd. Thanks to my daughter Amy and her friend Kate for book sales, my wife Lyn and Ingrid for the smooth-flowing of the wine and food and all of the folks who turned up to enjoy the festivities and buy my book!


Original Clichés is available through the Ginninderra Press website if you’re in Australia, or iTunes and Amazon if you’re not. Locally you may find it at Dymocks (Adelaide), East Avenue Books (Clarence Park) or Shakespeare’s (Blackwood) or email me and I’ll post one for $23.


More launch pics below. Thanks Martin Christmas for all of these and more!  (Please don’t use them without his permission and acknowledgement) NellieBurgess Nellie BurgessAmy Amy WalkerKristenMartin Kristin MartinKhail Khail JureidiniMikeLadd Mike LaddSteve Brock Steve BrockRobWalker Rob WalkerMikeLadd2 Mike LaddPatLee Pat LeeKerrieHarte&AmeliaWalker Kerrie Harte & Amelia WalkerDarryl DarrylElaineBaker Elaine BarkerAmelia as MCAmelia MCing

RobWithUkulele“Livin’ in the sunlight, having a wonderful time.”

First Refuge – poems on social justice




I’m very happy to have one of my poems in this collection which is edited by Ann Nadge and published by Ginninderra. The poem ‘the bird leaves its cage and enters another’ (for Juan Garrido) isn’t a new one. It was originally published in Australian Reader and Poetas del Mundo in 2006 and later in Blue Giraffe and my first full collection micromacro. I think it’s as relevant today as it was ten years ago. You can buy it through Ginninderra or Amazon.



A pleasant surprise in the milk-can letterbox this morning. My poem ‘Oregon’ which was shortlisted in the Lane Cove Literary Awards last year has been published in this very attractive anthology. My thanks to the Lane Cove Library for both organizing the competition and publishing the anthology.