I am a poet who occasionally writes prose. I have worked as a lawyer, a university tutor, a union organiser and a tea lady. I wrote a PhD on animals in the works of Charles Dickens, at the Australian National University. I give frequent readings of my work in Canberra and elsewhere, and often dabble in the foul pit of literary competitions, sometimes with success. I have judged poetry competitions, too, which probably puts me on a particularly interesting level of Dante’s Inferno.
My latest publication (late 2016) is Quick Bright Things: Poems of Fantasy and Myth. It can be ordered from the publisher for $5 plus postage, or contact me via the contact form to arrange a signed copy.
Here is the cover of the prose pocket book Paths Into Inner Canberra published in 2015, with a photo by Geoffrey Dunn. It can be ordered from Ginninderra Press, and is part memoir and part an essay on nature in the city. It costs $4 (plus postage).
The Stars Like Sand: Australian Speculative Poetry edited by Tim Jones and P.S.Cottier is published by Interactive Publications and is available at this page, or at many on-line sellers.
A suite of poems called Selection Criteria for Death can be found in Triptych Poets Issue 3, published by Blemish Books, and is available for order here.
The following books are out of print and therefore harder to obtain! (If I were a salesperson I’d say they are to be particularly cherished.)
My first poetry collection, The Glass Violin, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2008, and they also published my first short collection of short stories, called A Quiet Day. This was followed by The Cancellation of Clouds. That’s poetry. If you would like to order a copy of any of these for the special price of $10 (AUD, including postage in Australia) please contact via the contact form on this blog.
Overseas sales are welcome, and I will quote with postage if you contact. These GP books have been successful in literary prizes, or have been highly commended, which is the same sort of thing only rather less so…Signed, if you want.
My poems have appeared in publications including extempore, Eureka Street, Verity La, Plumwood Mountain, Cordite, The Mozzie, Poetrix, The Canberra Times (all Oz) Hand Luggage Only (UK, an anthology of sonnets edited by Christopher Whitby), Gloom Cupboard (international), The Atlanta Review (US), Shakespeare’s Monkey Revue (US), Star*Line (US) and Contemporary Verse 2 and ChiZine(Canada). I have been both anthologised and anthologized, depending on the countries involved. Reviewing is something I do, as is excessive commenting on other blogs. I was the inaugural on-line Poet in Residence for Australian Poetry Limited, and I have tutored for that organisation.
I live in the peaceful burg of Canberra, Australia, after growing up in Melbourne.
The header image on this and other pages is from a photograph by Bryna Bamberry. The photo below is by Geoffrey Dunn.