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michael dransfield

Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • E. J. Brady

    Edwin James Brady was born on 7 August 1869 at Carcoar, near Bathurst, New South ... more
  • Dorothy Porter 2008, portrait by Juno Gemes©

    Dorothy Porter

    Dorothy Porter was born in Sydney on 26 March 1954. She attended Queenwood School for ... more
  • Roberta ("Bobbi") Sykes, photo courtesy University of Queensland Press

    Roberta Sykes

    Roberta ‘Bobbi’ Sykes was born about 1944 in Townsville, Queensland. Raised by a white mother, ... more
  • Ada Cambridge

    Ada Cambridge was born on 21 November 1844 in Norfolk, England, the daughter of a ... more


Interview: Pam Brown, January-March 2014

Why do you write poetry? That really is a tough question. I doubt that I'll give you a very interesting answer -   I can only sound glib. For me writing poetry might be a habit, or a disorganised ritual.   I've done it all my life, since around the age of seven - I started with lists. It's partly a way of notating my thinking. I suppose it's also a kind of irreligious vocation - one with hardly a skerrick of remuneration. How do you read? Diversely, but very consciously. I usually have three or four things that I'm ... review


Vestfold Hills by Caroline Caddy

The stone you found as a child
that suddenly made
what they said to each other in a movie
everything that happened
shape and colour
and you held it.
Now it flares in all directions while you
- attention grounded
in hands and feet -
... more

The Hoon's Soliloquy by Tim Thorne

Friday night and the last brawl
outside the Royal's ended.
The last two cops stalk through the Mall.
Not much to do in town at all
except, perhaps, to gutter crawl
and that's not recommended.

A blockie or two, then for a thrill
let her snarl as the fatties spin.
Fishtail up the George Street hill, ... more