In 2017, I was fortunate enough to receive the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts Poetry Award for a poem, Drought, which I wrote after visiting outback NSW, Australia. At the time we were in the grip of an unprecedented heatwave and I can still remember watching the bushfires as they tore across the grasslands. It is a sobering thought that our climate is only going to get hotter.
‘This poem has both the grandeur and delicacy of an almost neoclassical, Augustan elegance – the verse is regular, well-paced and its perspective is both judicious and minutely insightful. It escapes both Romantic affect and ballad simplification. It’s a poem that “thinks” more than “feels”. This is wise, meditative, compelling poetry.’ David Gilbey, President of Booranga Writer’s Centre and author of Pachinko sunset (Island Press, 2016).
If you enjoy Drought and would like to read some more of my poems, please click on the links below:
To Drift in Sandstone Folds – Highly commended, Margaret Reid Poetry Contest, 2009. “Soft-footed shadows creep in fossil shades”
The Tracker “The tracker came during the coldest autumn on record”
Butternut Bees “She kneels before her vestal virgins”
Crocodile Hunting – “Sun-pressed into the shadows”
Phineas McGonagall – First prize, Henry Lawson Festival of Arts, humorous poetry category, 2009. “Phineas McGonagall was very strange indeed”
I am currently putting together a manuscript of poetry which I hope to release sometime in 2018.
2017 Short Story Award
I also write short stories and my story, A Single Breath, received the Harold
Goodwin Short Story Award at the 2017 Henry Lawson Festival of Arts. The
story appears in the Festival Anthology, 2017 which can be purchased from
the Henry Lawson Festival of Arts website.