I’m very excited to be running an upcoming online ZOOM poetry workshop through the wonderful Avid Reader. Book your place here.
Join me online on Sunday 26 July from 1pm-4pm, as we explore using our memories as a springboard for writing poetry.
This poetry workshop will include a talk about my experience of writing memoir poetry, a poetry reading from my collection Amnesia Findings, poetry exercises and prompts, and I will leave time to answer all questions poetry.
This workshop will focus on:
– The dark and light of memoir poetry. – Memory (and gaps in memory) and how poetry is the perfect form to express these short vignettes. – Our poetry journeys and how we came to poetry or how poetry found us. – Storytelling through poetry and snapshots we can use from our lives to inspire poems. – Reclaiming a sense of agency for our stories through poetry by working through ideas and experiences we want to understand further. – Using simple language and vivid imagery in poetry to evoke strong emotional responses.
To book a place, visit the Avid Reader website here. I look forward to seeing you!
I had been looking forward to appearing at Melbourne Jewish Book Week this year. The program looked amazing. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and like all my writing friends launching books and appearing in festivals, these events have been cancelled to protect everyone’s safety.
You can still order a copy of my debut poetry collection Amnesia Findingshere, and check out what would have been an amazing program here.
In 2019, I was honoured to be a finalist in the Marie Ellis Prize for Drawing. My drawing ‘Self-portrait while Depressed’ was exhibited at the Project Gallery, Queensland College of Art.
I was going through a period of depression and decided
to draw a series of self-portraits. Created over a thirty-four minute period,
the process of drawing quickly turned cathartic as I realised how humorous and
quirky the portraits were becoming. As the line drawings became more funny and
free, I began to feel lighter.
The 2019 Word for Word National Non-Fiction Festival was directed by the wonderful Rochelle Smith and held at the Geelong Library and Heritage Centre from 15-17 November. I was invited to be on a poetry panel (Rhythm and Language) with poet Andy Jackson, and facilitator of the panel David McCooey.
I travelled with Mum from Brisbane to Geelong. We saw many stimulating and thought-provoking discussions and events. These included Tyson Yunkaporta’s opening address, which drew on his book Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World. As a diary keeper, I also loved The Bad Diaries Salon. Another highlight for us was the Bodies of Work panel with Lee Kofman and Andy Jackson, facilitated by Maria Takolander.
I was so grateful to be part of this fabulous non-fiction festival, especially as my poetry collection Amnesia Findings draws on so many facets of my life. The crowd was warm, asked good questions and I was touched by their kind comments after the panel.
Thank you everyone who celebrated the launch of my poetry collection Amnesia Findings with me at the Queensland Poetry Festival. I could feel your beautiful support filling the Judith Wright Centre. I had a wonderful time and it was a very special day.
Thank you to my creative editor and mentor Felicity Plunkett for sending these beautiful flowers in the lead up to my launch.
If you couldn’t make the launch, do not worry—you can order Amnesia Findingshere and there are plenty more author events coming up in September!
On 6 September 2019 from 5.30-6.30pm at Brisbane Square Library, I will be reading from Amnesia Findings. Books will be available for sale.
I will also be the featured reader on 19 September 2019 at 6pm at Wynnum Library’s Poets Up Late night.
On 24 September 2019 at 6.30 pm I will be reading and talking about my creative process at Riverbend’s Flash Fiction/Non fiction and Poetry night with writer Amanda O’Callaghan.
Dear family, friends and lovers of poetry, The book launch of my first full-length poetry collection Amnesia Findings (UQP, 2019) will be held on Saturday 24 August 2.30-3.30pm at the Judith Wright Centre during the Queensland Poetry Festival. My launch will be accompanied by a screening of my short poetry films. You can access the festival and launch with a day pass of $10 here. You can read more about Amnesia Findingshere.
If attending the book launch, you are welcome to buy a copy of Amnesia Findings on the day at the festival, or if you can’t make the launch and wish to preorder, you will receive your copy in early September. Hope you can make it along and looking forward to seeing you there!
On Saturday May 18 2019, as a collaboration between Queensland Poetry Festival and Brisbane Street Art Festival, five poets: Shastra Deo, Raelee Lancaster, Mindy Gill, Anisa Nandaula, and myself, created a temporary public poetry street art wall in the Valley’s Brunswick Street Mall. I created illustrations (including a cat for Shastra’s fabulous choose-your-own-adventure poem) and spent the day drawing and writing with paint pens and street markers. With thanks to QPF Director Lucy Nelson and to all who visited throughout the day!
I’m very excited to share the cover of my first full-length poetry collection Amnesia Findings. Thank you to the amazing Arnold Zable, Lee Kofman, Maria Tumarkin and Leah Kaminsky for their beautiful endorsements. You can read their words and pre-order your copy of Amnesia Findingshere
It’s an honour to receive the 2018 Queensland Premier’s Young Publishers and Writers Award. I started writing after I became ill, seven years ago. Writing helped me own and reclaim my experience. Having an incredible support network of family, friends and mentors has been so important. I couldn’t have achieved this award without you all. Thank you.
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!