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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


Sore Throat by C. J. Dennis

The pale young man he comes to me,
An' chats me good an' fair;
“That langwidge that you use,” sez he
“Pollutes the good clean air.
Why don't you chuck sich silly rot,
An' line-up with our ‘Clean-Lipped Lot?’”

Well, 'abit's 'abit; there you are,
An' since I was a kid,
In school an' shop an' street an' bar, ... more

Some Other Trees by Hugh Tolhurst

No frame of theirs hangs
telling, loose on understanding,
one still that they embrace
evades each hanging day;

these reach lean stasis,
plant you back a pace fast
cutting necessities
to fit a lone glance.

Leaf light unremarked
... more