words for birds

Pardalotus_with_nesting_materialThanks to Julia Wakefield–Houghton and Jelena Dinic for organizing and compering this evening’s Words for Birds at the SA State Library’s Words @ The Wall performance. Thanks too to Belinda Broughton, Louise MacKenna and Murray Alfredson for sharing their creative thoughts on our relationship with our avian cousins. I read bird-related poems from 2004 -2014:

Blue Wren


Hornbill in a cage, Sarawak

lerps and pardalotes

nor egrets


Storks, Regent’s Park

The Owl Speaks

Beyond Black and White (magpies)

Homing pigeon to a poet

Shearwaters and

Sparrow in an airport


Thanks to everyone who came along to listen.

Birds @ The Wall

Wed, Sep 17


This coming performance grew out of the campaign to stop Clive Palmer’s mining company from destroying the Bimblebox Nature Refuge in Queensland.

Julia Wakefield got a group of  about 20 Adelaide poets together earlier this year at Radio Adelaide to record poems about birds. (I was surprised how many I’d written!) I remember taping between Valerie Volk and David Adés…

These recordings will all be broadcast on Julia’s radio programmes in the near future. Meanwhile if you’re in Adelaide you can hear Belinda, Louise, Julia and me reading our own work (and the work of others) at the State Library this Wednesday. It’s free and so are refreshments. I hope to see you there.



Australian Poetry Slam

Thanks to Spoken Word SA for inviting me as Guest Poet at last night’s SA Heat 2 of the Australian Poetry Slam at Woodcroft Library. I played 3 traditional Japanese folk tunes on the shakuhachi and performed my poems


an accident waiting to happen

the girl on the train to Shikama


a clarity of smog


and speaking in tongues.


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.