Hi, my name is Alys Jackson and I'm a poet and writer

based in Adelaide, South Australia.

My work has been published in magazines,

anthologies and online.

Where are you from?

I was born in Oxford but spent my early childhood in Manchester and my teens getting to know the moors and valleys of Scotland where I developed a love of walking and the outdoors – if not the rain. I still love being outside and get some of my best ideas when I’m exploring the unbelievable Australian landscape – I have now learned to carry a notebook!

 Why do you write?

My mother, Elizabeth Warne, was a prolific writer and my father is a book collector so my childhood was spent surrounded by books, writers, humour and imagination. I guess some of it rubbed off; that and a love of books and language.

What do you like reading?

Everything – literally; non-fiction or fiction, from micro fiction to grand epics – as long as the writing is good I’ll read it. I read poetry almost every day and always have a book (or two) on the go. I especially like to read books by writers from non-English speaking countries and have a collection of travel books with titles like ‘Stirring Adventure in African Travel.’

 How did you come to Australia?

Unintentionally. After finishing a degree in Biology, I accepted a job in Japan as an English teacher – I’m still trying to figure that one out. One thing led to another and I spent twelve years working my way around the world. I met my husband in Japan and finally arrived in Australia in the year 2000. We now live in the Adelaide Hills with 2 wonderful children, a ragdoll cat and a large organic veggie garden.

What are your goals? To connect with people through my writing and to pass on the useful tips and knowledge I gain along the way.

How often do you write? I try to write regularly. Usually I write a short story or poem, but I’m now working on a middle grade novel. This means writing on my days off and on the weekends (with plenty of free time to give those brain cells a chance to relax).