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Michael Dransfield

Michael Dransfield was born in Sydney on 12 September 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
  • E. J. Brady

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


Twenty-Two: Katherine by Paul Hetherington

On the path towards the hills
Katherine and Tim walk out
into the cracking land, to find
silence like a long embrace,
and conversation, casual
as any store-bought cotton blouse.

The friendship that I have with Tim
has been a part of home and land:
a river splashing over rocks, ... more

Invocation by A. D. Hope

To the god 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
Purpose, beyond my purpose, draw me here. ... more