Shortlist: 2023 Helen Anne Bell Poetry Bequest Award

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Thank you to judges Maxine Beneba Clarke, Cassandra Atherton, and Jeanine Leane for shortlisting me in the 2023 Helen Anne Bell bequest. Congratulations to the incredible two other shortlisted poets: Angela Gardner and Holly Friedlander Liddicoat and to the amazing winner Svetlana Sterlin.

I was very grateful and honoured to have been shortlisted for my unpublished collection of poems: All Rage Blaze Light. I have been so lucky and blessed with good fortune to have such beautiful family and friends whose love and support and encouragement have got me through very difficult times. I have been equally lucky with my precious writing mentors.

I have many special people who I consider to be lights and guides in my life, and for this manuscript, there is one writing mentor I would especially like to thank for showing me how to add fire to my poetry and blaze with light. That person is my brilliant writing mentor, Felicity Plunkett, to whom this collection is dedicated to. Felicity gave generous, gentle, kind, and intuitive feedback on my poems, which helped me to shape what it is today. She also took time to have Zoom sessions with me from Sydney to Brisbane and her presence and encouragement radiated through that screen and held me together. Her light gave me courage, and hope. Please make sure you read all of Felicity’s wonderful books and work.

Playlab Theatre’s 2022 Incubator Program

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I feel very lucky to be selected as part of Playlab Theatre’s 2022 Incubator program, where I will participate in workshops with five other wonderful playwrights (Amy Chien-Yu Wang, Felicity Morton, Kurt Duval, Michael Sams, and Tammy Weller). I am excited to receive feedback and support in drafting my own play over the coming year, with the help of program facilitator, actor, and playwright, Kathryn Marquet. You can read more about the program here.

Red Room Poetry Fellowship Shortlist 2022

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I feel honoured to be shortlisted for the Red Room Poetry Fellowship 2022, among so many poets I admire. Congratulations to: Shastra Deo, Scott-Patrick Mitchell, Jessica Wilkinson, Jill Jones, Rozanna Lilley, Bonny Cassidy, Anne Casey, Heather Taylor Johnson and Audrey Molloy. Further details are over at Red Room Poetry here. My sincere thanks to the judges: Charmaine Papertalk Green, Andy Jackson and Rachael Mead.

Out from the Mist – Short Movie Winner

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I feel honoured to win the Australia Asia Film Group Prize in the Out from the Mist Short Movie category.

My work Setting Free Anxiety Like a Fistful of Birds can be viewed below and will be screened on AusAsia TV online.

The Out from the Mist (Representations of Mental Health) exhibition at Superordinary in Brisbane will be open from 11-15 October from 10 am to 2 pm each day during Mental Health Week 2021.

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Photo by Alan Jacobson

2020 Spark Prize Shortlist

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I was thrilled to be featured on the shortlist of the Spark Prize, for my memoir manuscript ‘How to Knit a Human’. ‘How to Knit a Human’ is a split-voice, non-linear memoir following my attempts to re-stitch my sense of self and memory. To read more about the winner and shortlisted entrants, visit here.

Winner of the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing: Open Creative Nonfiction Category

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I am over the moon and beyond to have won the 2020 Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing in the Open Creative Nonfiction Category. This was incredibly special for me as it means an extract from my memoir manuscript is now published in the Nillumbik Prize for Contemporary Writing Anthology 2020 for the first time. You can download the eBook version of the anthology here.

You can also watch the announcement and reading from an excerpt of my work (read by actor Dennis Coard) at the 10min mark here.

Thank you so much to the judges Claire Coleman and Jeff Sparrow. In their judges’ report they say: ‘

‘As all our certainties collapse around us, we need truth, more than ever, but we also require writers with the poet’s ability to turn a phrase and make the familiar feel strange and the strange, recognisable.’

I feel very honoured and grateful to have won this prize.