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Latest News 2018

August 2018

The iconic Bronze Swagman Award for written bush poetry is awarded annually - and is a prize that most bush poets aspire to win. I'm very happy that this year I have received second prize for my poem The Storyteller. I believe this poem sums up my bush poetry adventure and my endeavours to tell and re-tell the wonderful stories that make up the fabric of Australia. You can read it here as my Poem of the Month for August.

Also this month I've won my first major prize for short-story writing - which is a field I've only recently begun to explore. My memoir The Music Teacher won the Alan Russell award in the Eastwood/Hills Fellowship of Australian Writers 2018 Literary Competition.

In late 2017 I won the CJ Dennis Marian Mayne trophy for the second year running, for my Dennis-inspired poem My Name's Doreen. Imagine my delight to hear that this poem has just been selected for publication by Melbourne Books for their annual anthology Award Winning Australian Writing. This is a real honour as they select only a small number of works from around Australia across all genres.

July 2018


In the NSW Henry Lawson Society (Gulgong) annual literary awards, I'm very pleased to have won second prize in the humorous category and commended overall for my poem "Channel" No. 5. Read it here "Channel" No. 5.

Also, I'm delighted that the Hinkler Hall of Aviation has endorsed my poem about Bundaberg's pioneer aviator. It is 85 years since the wreckage of Bert Hin
kler's plane was discovered in the Italian Alps – bringing to an end the stellar career of a grand adventurer. Read my poem here in "People of the Past" – Bert Hinkler.

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

This
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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