Shelley Hansen - Lady of Lines

Latest News 2018

June 2018

My website Poem of the Month for June is Who Will Save the Albatross. Built for flying with a 2.5 metre wingspan, Australia's shy albatross spends much of its life in the air over the southern ocean, returning to land only to nest on the islands off Tasmania's windswept coast. Sadly, due to feral predators, longline fishing hooks and disease, its numbers are diminishing, putting at risk the survival of this magnificent bird. We were privileged to observe a shy albatross in flight on a boat trip from Bruny Island several years ago. The thought of losing it to extinction is heartbreaking.

May 2018

If you are travelling through Tambo in Western Queensland this coming winter, you may well see a costumed poetry presentation involving the famous tale of cattle rustler Harry Redford "Captain Starlight". I had the privilege of writing this presentation for the owner of the Royal Carrangarra Hotel in Tambo - and it is a combination of narrative, my original poetry, plus classic and modern poems featuring aspects of Tambo on the Barcoo River.

I was also delighted to have my poem The Jumbuck Drama Club highly commended as first runner up in the Oracles of the Bush written bush poetry competition in Tenterfield - in the themed section "Quiet Achievers".

April 2018

ABC Local Radio Wide Bay 100.1 FM have resumed their weekly poetry spot. For the 7th consecutive year Rod and I will be featured again, along with a growing group of regional poets. The sessions are pre-recorded, so we never know in advance which poet will feature each week. It's just a matter of tuning in at 7:35 am on Saturday mornings and being surprised!

March 2018

I'm delighted to have received two prizes in the Western Australian Boyup Brook written bush poetry competition - for short bush poems up to 40 lines. It's great to see small competitions run by volunteers and promoting the craft of bush poetry - as well as giving writers an opportunity for recognition.

February 2018

Just announced - I've been awarded third prize plus a commended certificate in the 2018 Blackened Billy Written Bush Poetry Award, held in conjunction with the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

Check out my new website section In the Footsteps of CJ Dennis which features poems I've written, inspired by the work of this fabulous writer.

January 2018

month begins the sixth year of the publication of eLines, my electronic one-page poetry newsletter. The 2018 editions will feature new subjects, along with plenty of Aussie poetry as always. Would you like to subscribe? It can be delivered confidentially to your email address each month, entirely free of charge, with no unsolicited marketing emails attached. Use the Contact Me form on this website to join the mailing list.

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