By all accounts, 2016 was a shocker of a year. We all know what happened. Oh, 2o16.

Some good things happened in this universe, though.

My poem ‘Flight’ longlisted for the University of Canberra’s Vice-Chancellor’s Prize 2016. The prize has been running for three years now, and I’m happy to say that I’ve had poems longlisted in 2014, 2015 and now 2016. You can read all the poems for free via the links (download the anthologies).

A very short poem of mine, ‘Calf, Tree’, shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize 2016. This was a real surprise as the Newcastle seems to favour longer poems, and a delight to finally get on this coveted shortlist.

But the sweetest news of all: my book, Painting Red Orchids, has shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2017. I put everything of myself into this collection, and the judges saw it. The judges’ report is a prize in itself. The winners will be announced 31 Jan 2017. Fingers crossed!

You can buy the book here at Pitt Street Poetry, read the launch speech by Anna Kerdjik Nicholson at Rockford Street Review, or read a review of the book by Geoff Page.

Elsewhere on the web

I’ve been quiet here, but busy elsewhere!

You can read (and listen to!) the poems I wrote for New Shoots with the Red Room Company and the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney.

I was the poet-in-residence at the Bundanon Trust with the Eucalyptus Eco-Poetry Project in conjunction with the Red Room Company and the Dahl Trust.

I blogged for the month of June over on Southerly, in which I interview myself, show you my diary for the week, write letters to a friend, and finish up with an actual blog post.

I also reviewed Adam Aitken’s book over on Cordite.

I wrote an essay about heritage over on the Australian Women’s Writers blog, and was interviewed on the Australian Writers’ Marketplace blog.

A lot of my news is posted here on my Facebook page — keep in touch with me here, or there.

Plants and Poetry

It has been a very busy few months here!

I’ve been working with the Red Room Company on a wonderful new project, New Shoots. New Shoots is a collaboration between the Royal Botanic Gardens, Sydney, the Red Room and poets to produce poems about plants. 

The project culminated in an event as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, which saw attendees go on a walk along ‘poetic pathways’ where Mark Tredinnick, Eric Avery and myself read poems that we’d written for the Gardens. There was also a fun Q&A session with the Planthunter after the tours. 

Here are some photos from the day:


And today, my interview at the Planthunter is up! Hop along there to read the conversation between myself and Georgina Reid.