2018 Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize Winner

For the past seven years I have been entering the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize for an unpublished manuscript and it feels very surreal and thrilling to have won it this year. Thank you to my wonderful family, friends and poetry mentors for your support and encouragement- it means so much. Thank you also to the Queensland Poetry Festival, UQP and judges Felicity Plunkett and Ali Alizadeh. I’m looking forward to the editing process and having my debut collection of poetry launched at the 2019 Queensland Poetry Festival!

Photo by David Jacobson
Photo by David Jacobson
Photo by David Jacobson
Photo by Alan Jacobson

 

Varuna, the National Writers’ House

This week I took up a Writer Development Residency at Varuna, the National Writers’ House in Katoomba, the Blue Mountains. It was one of the most amazing experiences I’ve ever had. I stayed in the Bear room, which I soon discovered was named for its collection of teddy bears on the shelves above the books. Patchwork quilts decorated every room and I felt right at home. As part of my residency I had two consultations with the incredible Carol Major, one of the Varuna consultants. She saw into the heart of my manuscript and helped me develop it, and I thank her so much for her generosity and kindness.

As I write this, on my last day at Varuna, I am sitting at the big writing desk in the studio attached to the Bear room, that overlooks the gardens. I stayed with four other writers who were all so supportive and talented. After each day of writing, we would meet together in the evenings for wine, a home-cooked meal by Sheila, and sometimes a session of readings and toasted marshmallows beside the fireplace. I will always remember my stay at Varuna, and the writers I met there.

‘The Last Postman’ has arrived!

I’m so thrilled that my contributor’s copies of my poetry chapbook The Last Postman have arrived today! Thank you to Michael Brennan and Michelle Cahill for having me as part of Vagabond Press deciBels 3 series and for Michelle’s lovely words in her introduction to the series: Anna Jacobson’s surreal narratives riff on memory, desire and destiny with stylised Mozartian grace in The Last Postman. The train carriage becomes a framing device for her beguiling stories, echoing exile, survival and post-memory.

To order a copy of The Last Postman, please click here.

To read more of Michelle’s deciBels 3 introduction, please click here.

Holding my copy of ‘The Last Postman’ in front of a detail of my artwork ‘The Letters’.

Finalist in the 65th Blake Prize

I feel honoured to be a finalist in the 65th Blake Prize for my artwork ‘Separation Ceremony’. The Blake prize is ‘one of Australia’s longest standing and most prestigious prizes which encourages conversation about spirituality and religion through art’ (Blake Prize). My artwork will be exhibited in the upcoming Blake Prize exhibition at Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre from 12 May – 1 July 2018. I am among 80 finalists out of 769 entrants. For more details about the exhibition and other finalists, view the link here. I was also interviewed for the West End Magazine and you can read the article here.

 

‘The Last Postman’ Poetry Chapbook

I’m thrilled my poetry chapbook The Last Postman, is coming out as part of Vagabond Press deciBels series 3. In The Last Postman, a girl delivers letters addressed to travellers in carriages on a train. The Last Postman is a chapbook of unusual poetic letters that give intimate glimpses into the lives of everyday characters. With themes of the domestic, yearning, hope, and a hint of magical realism, these are poems of quiet and acute observation grounded in the experience of a familiar contemporary urban environment.

You can preorder your copy here, which will arrive at the earliest from the end of March.

Turtle Love picture book illustrations, 2017

Hi everyone, I’m excited to let you know I’ve been illustrating a picture book this past year, written by author Renee Hills called ‘Turtle Love’. Renee is self publishing the book and is launching a Pozible crowd funding campaign. If you’d like to support the project and receive a copy of the book, a book launch invite, some postcards or even an artwork print from the book, head on over to the page, watch the video and check out some of my artwork there.
The money raised will help Renee do a print run of the children’s book, complete with my illustrations! The crowdfunding closes on 30 November 2017.
Thank you so much for your support!