The thing about poetry

Sally Murphy recently released her new verse novel, Toppling (ill Rhian Nest James, pub Walker Books) and as part of her promotion, she invited guests to talk about poetry at her blog. There’s a month worth of poetry and thoughts about poetry over there. Worth a...

Federation Square

Federation Square in Melbourne is a great meeting place, and works so much better than City Square ever did. From early morning to late night, it seems there is always something going on. It is meeting place, starting place, festival place…often simultaneously....

Poem of the Week

My poem, ‘Iceberg’ is appearing on the ‘A Poem A Week Project’ website and blog this week. Established by local poets and authors Sherryl Clark and Meredith Costain, the site aims to bring local poetry into the classroom.Each featured poem...

Pompeii Dog

A few years ago, we were lucky enough to travel to Europe and spent two weeks in Italy. One dreary day we boarded a bus for a day trip to Pompeii. After the obligatory (buy something here or we won’t let you back on) stops, we arrived at a blue-sky Pompeii....