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 I 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 – this is also why I’m never without 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. I subscribe to almost ten publications, read poetry almost every day and always have a book (or two) on the go. At the moment I’m reading While the Billy Boils, by Henry Lawson and The Hundred Secret Senses, by Amy Tan. I especially like to read books by writers from non-English speaking countries and have a collection of travel books.

 How did you come to Australia?

After a brief period spent contemplating a career as an astronaut (age ten), I did a degree in Biology. I then took twelve years off to ramble around the world. I met my husband while teaching English in Japan and between 1988 and 2000 we lived and worked in over 28 countries, including in the Middle East, Asia, Europe, and South America. We now live in Adelaide with 2 children, a ragdoll cat and a large organic vegetable 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 at least one piece a week, usually a short story or poem. 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).