Pocket Poets: Cast of Supporting Characters

cast of Supporting CharactersMy second book in the Ginninderra Press Pocket Poets series, Cast of Supporting Characters, is now available. It can be ordered from the Ginninderra Press website here.

The 20 poems explore the viewpoints of the ‘supporting characters’ in the title, giving a sometimes unexpected twist to stories from literature, plays, the Bible, Shakespeare and history. The stories and characters may be well-loved or less familiar, but I hope all of them gain something from having a quirky sideways spotlight turned on them.

You can read one of these poems on the Extract of the Month page, here.


Aesthetica Magazine Anthology, and New Collection

The poem ‘You Are…’ which won me the Kathryn Purnell Poetry Award, has now been selected to be included in Aesthetica Magazine’s Creative Writing Award Anthology, which will be coming out by the end of the year.

The collection ‘Cast of Supporting Characters’ has been accepted by Ginninderra Press for publication in their ‘Pocket Poets’ series. This is a collection of 20 poems giving a sideways look at lesser-known or neglected characters from plays, literature and history. (This includes two characters, Lord Bracknell and Godot, who famously don’t appear at all in the plays in which they’re referenced!)

Poetica Christi Anthology

Dune ShadowsMy poem ‘Dune Shadows’ has been chosen by the judge of this year’s Poetica Christi Press poetry competition for inclusion in the 2018 anthology ‘Interludes’. The poem was originally inspired by an oil painting of the same title by John Whitelaw (shown left), and was performed in December 2017 at an ekphrastic poetry event at the Boathouse Art Gallery in Frankston.

You can read the poem on the Extract of the Month page, here.

Ginninderra Press ‘Wild’ Anthology

Wild anthologyGinninderra Press is celebrating 10 years in Adelaide with an anthology of poems, chosen from poets published by them.

The anthology is available here.

My poem ‘Invasion’ (published in the Pocket Poets collection ‘Second Person Singular’) is included in the anthology. Two other poets from the Mornington poetry workshop ‘Peninsula Poetica’, Avril Bradley and Ann Simic, are also included. All three of us descended on Adelaide in July, to attend the launch and read our poems.

New Book – Lines Waving

Lines WavingWe now have copies available of my new Poetry collection, ‘Lines Waving’. This is my third poetry book, my second full-length collection.

It’s available online at the Lulu site, link here
In due course, it will also be available on Amazon and as an e-book.

The cover design is by my grand-daughter Penelope Ritter-Jones, who did the design for my Ginninderra Press Pocket Poets booklet, ‘Second Person Singular’. It follows a similar structure to my own design for my first collection, ‘Lines Dancing’.

All three books are available through the BOOKS page on this site.

Journal of SWWV

Sparx JournalThe first issue of ‘Sparx’, the Literary Journal of the Society of Women Writers Victoria, has now been launched. There will be two issues per year, showcasing members’ work and  publishing winning entries in SWWV competitions.

My prize-winning article ‘The Right Direction’, about directing for the stage, is included in this issue.

Shakespearean Sonnet

Perth Shakespeare Club logo

Shakespeare Club logo

The Shakespeare Club of Western Australia ran a competition this year in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. It was for a sonnet, in classical Shakespearean form, with a Western Australian theme. My sonnet, ‘The Wild Geese’, about the American ship Catalpa’s rescue of Fenian prisoners from Fremantle Gaol in 1876, won the $200 second prize.

The judge’s comments and an account of the award ceremony are available here