Anxious in a Sweet Store

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I’m excited to announce that Anxious in a Sweet Store, my second illustrated poetry collection, will be published in September 2023, with thanks to Upswell.

Thank you to the incredible Felicity Plunkett for mentoring me on this project. This project has been assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council for the Arts, its arts funding and advisory body through the Resilience Create Fund. This project has also been assisted by a Queensland Writers Fellowship. The Queensland Writers Fellowships are supported by the Queensland Government through Arts Queensland, and State Library of Queensland.

To view more details, visit Upswell here.

A purple cover titled Anxious in a Sweet Store with an ink drawing of brightly multicoloured liquorice allsorts scattered across the cover

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

Art from the Margins Emerging Artist Exhibition 2021

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Last year I won an Emerging Artist Award from Art from the Margins ‘Outsider Art Awards’. The result is an exhibition of my drawings from my poetry collection Amnesia Findings (2019, UQP), which are transformed into floating shadowy laser cuts, thanks to a collaboration with John Waldron.

a floating shadowy laser cut of my drawings from separation ceremony in 'Amnesia Findings'
‘Separation Ceremony’ from Amnesia Findings (laser cut)

Come visit the AFTM Gallery to view the works – (Monday – Friday) May 24 – July 9 2021.

Photo credit: Anne Sawyer

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.