Stories & Poems

Stories & Poems2019-06-24T10:47:32+08:00

Gardens of Earthly Delights

By |February 24th, 2019|

On an exceptionally kind February afternoon in Perth yesterday, I had the pleasure of speaking to Annamaria Weldon and Moreno Giovannoni about goddesses and fireflies. The late great Mary Oliver wrote this: 'creative work needs solitude. It needs concentration without interruption. It needs the whole sky to fly in.' Both Annamaria [...]

Literary Friendships #2

By |May 3rd, 2017|

My second pair of guests are Sue Braghieri and Hannah van Didden. I first met them at a writing workshop a few years ago and we have been friends since. Their responses remind me how important it is to celebrate as well as create. When did you two meet and what [...]

Literary Friendships #1

By |April 8th, 2017|

A little while ago I started thinking of literary friendships between women, and I turned naturally enough, to Professor Google. Despite trying the words in different combinations, the Professor thought I was enquiring about Elena Ferrante and the Neapolitan novels, which celebrate female friendship. I persisted and found a few blogs [...]

This is how we grieve

By |November 18th, 2015|

  Lay your flag on my wall, their bodies, those streets Baghdad. Beirut. Sydney. Paris. Name the things that terrify you Jihad. Sharia. Muslim. Refugee. Inside cities crowded with impromptu shrines Lay your flowers. Words. Tears. Prayers. Cry quietly or howl with rage Plead. Applaud. Dismiss. Condemn. This is how we [...]