Saturday, May 11, 2019

Can Serrat, El Bruc, Catalonia, 10 May 2019

For this residency at Can Serrat I am focused on turning around 60-70 poems into two chapbooks and writing new work for both collections.

I attempted one poetry book from this collection of poems, written between 2008 and 2019, but have decided there are two different books.
Joan MirĂ³ Foundation
The difference is not due to changes during the extended period of writing that these poems are drawn from, though I think my writing has changed, and initially I had hoped to reflect the developments within the single collection, but for thematic reasons two separate manuscripts is now my approach.

When I go through the manuscripts a substantial portion of one book is made up of much older material while the other contains a large amount of newer work. But each has a selection of recent or older poems respectively that fit thematically; so, there are themes and concepts I keep returning to. The working titles are: Fighting Poetry and For Whom the Red Ticks, both titles will likely change as I work my way through the poems in each.

In preparation for the residency, I have been taking notes and collecting material to write new work for both collections.
Montserrat from El Bruc
This has included writing in the Woden food courts- thanks to taking a contract with a Commonwealth Department -I had never been to any of the Woden food courts previously. This nine-month contract is also part of the reason I can afford this trip, so thanks to the people who employed me.

I also re-visited the Joan Miro Foundation during my jetlag recovery in Barcelona over the last two nights, I found new perspectives since my last visit in 2014 and am hoping I can work these into new poems.

Sunday, February 24, 2019

The Tundish Review

I have a poem in the latest edition of the Tundish Review, apparently it is sold out.

But you can make sure you get a copy of the next edition by submitting, they are currently accepting work for issues 9 and 10. They can be found on Facebook or go directly to their submission page here.

Support small poetry publishers. 

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Australian Poetry Journal 8.2 - Spoken

This month Issue 8.2 of Australian Poetry Journal was launched in Sydney, Brisbane, Canberra, and online. Featuring commissioned work from Pascalle Burton, Steven Oliver, Steve Smart, Emilie Zoey Baker, PiO, Lorna Munro, Ahmad Al Rady, Quinn Eades, Emily Crocker, Tim Evans, Omar Musa, Adam Hadley Eunice Andrada, Eleanor Jackson Laurie May and Candy Royalle, the issue is the first collection of Australian Spoken Word artists in print from a mainstream Australian Poetry Journal. You can also listen to their work on Soundcloud.

The edition was co-edited by David Stavanger and me. We put a lot of thought into who to commission and were grateful for the excitement amongst both the invited artists and those who submitted to the journal. Submissions included excellent work from many poets such as Bela Farkas, Sandra Renew, Maurice McNamara, Scott-Patrick Mitchell and Matt Hetherington, as well as new voices such as Jerzy Beaumont.

You can grab a copy electronically or in print from Australian Poetry and please consider subscribing to support Australian Poetry. And after you’ve grabbed a copy of APJ 8.2 – Spoken please check out some of the other work from all the poets printed in this edition, most have books and other publications.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

APJ 8.2 Spoken, open for submissions

Sunday, June 24, 2018

A recording of the 18 April BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT!

This is the 18 April BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! at Smiths Alternative. 

Thanks to Bevan Noble for his effort in recording the event.

Part 1

Part 2

Wednesday, June 06, 2018



Which means Poetry Slam!

Which means 2 minutes, no props, no music and your original material! All for 1st Prizes!

Which means Victory! Defeat! Random Capitalisations! Your choice of Commas and Apostrophes! Yelling, cheering, lights, sounds, THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISCUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL PIANO MAN, Beer! Toast! Cider! THE BAD!SLAM!NO!BISUIT! CANBERRA NATIONAL ANTHEM! Poetry and Judges and Heckling and Tears of Joyness/Love/Animals/Terror and of More First Prizes!

Because this is Poetry Slam we have feature acts!


We Have The Careerists, the Careerists are the band that puts the punk into petre out’s solo music! That’s The Careerists!

And we have Elliot York Cameron, Elliot is a spoken word poet and educator from Western Sydney. He co-organises Enough Said Poetry Slam in Wollongong. He was a finalist at the 2016 NSW Poetry Slam, 2017 Sydney Slam and 2017 Bankstown Grand Slam. That’s Elliot York Cameron!

And in the Hadley (RIP) Memorial Spots we have Seb Ashley! That’s Seb Ashley!

So! Sign-up from 7:30pm! poetry slam from 8pm! glory, infamy, drinking and yelling ‘til 1st Prizes and it’s all over before 11:30pm!


And remember, 2 minutes, no props, no music unless you are a rebel rule breaker!