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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September more



  • Paterson

    Andrew Barton Paterson was born on 17 February 1864 at Narrambla, New South Wales, the ... more
  • Pam Brown, 2004, photographer unknown

    Pam Brown

    Pam Brown was born in Seymour, Victoria in 1948, and grew up on military bases ... more
  • E. J. Brady

    Edwin James Brady was born on 7 August 1869 at Carcoar, near Bathurst, New South ... 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


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


MICHAEL by David Rowbotham

Michael you are Christmas like a star.
May the gift of weathers ahead
that only you shall know
be an endowment of vastness
like Minnesota snow
at work to make, where you'll tread,
tundras give back what you are.

That a star once led to a cross
legions don't believe, ... more

Invocation by A. D. Hope

To the gods all things are fair and good and right, but men
hold some things wrong and some right.

You near, you watchful, you invisible one
In whom all just desires arise and end,
Inscrutable presence, guide, deliverer, friend,
Whose will against my will, at need, is done!

In the great dark behind me I see well ... more