Category: Readings

The Things the Mind Sees Happen – Poetry Chapbook

The Things the Mind Sees Happen – Poetry Chapbook

Very excited to announce my poetry chapbook The Things the Mind Sees Happen will be launched in Newcastle and Melbourne, and will be available for purchase from Puncher and Wattmann on or after 2 November 2019.

In honour of the occasion, my website has had a refresh, and released its previous extremely witty (or so I thought about 15 years ago) URL in favour of my name, as I understand is customary among the youth of today.

Poetry reading on ABC Radio National, Off Track presents Queer Out Here

EXTREMELY EXCITINGLY, ABC Radio National, a.k.a. The Grownup Radio, has produced a special edition of Queer Out Here which includes my reading from Queer Out Here episode 1, Feb 2018, of two poems about place and family estrangement.

The Queer Out Here special edition aired 5am (!) this morning 16/3/2019, and will repeat Sun 17/3 1pm, Thurs 21/3 11.30am. Or the podcast is also up for download.

Text of the poems, which are previously published:

More about Queer Out Here Episode 1:

Image: (Emma Charleston / Jonathan Working)

Poems in Meanjin – plus a podcast reading

Poems in Meanjin – plus a podcast reading

Delighted to be reading ‘Industry, Melbourne‘, a landscape poem about heavy industry in Melbourne’s west, on the relaunched Meanjin Podcast Episode #1.

Meanjin Podcast Episode One featuring Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Belinda Rule, and Clementine Ford, Celeste Liddle and Lauren Rosewarne in conversation. Listen via iTunes or Soundcloud.

Text of the poem also appears on the website:

I also have a second poem, ‘Exile’, in the print edition:

Audio zine reading: ‘Highway, Shepparton’ and ‘Rooms’ appear in Queer Out Here

Audio zine reading: ‘Highway, Shepparton’ and ‘Rooms’ appear in Queer Out Here

Delighted to have two readings of poems related to family estrangement appear in this audio zine. Apologies for my current asthma-medication Lady-Batman voice!

Artist statement:

Like many queer people, I am estranged from a large part of my family. We were a camping and travelling family, and I have quite a passionate relationship with the places we used to go. But the memory of family is intertwined with the memory of place, so that even when I am literally standing in the beloved place, I still feel that I am in exile. And that’s what these poems are about.

Reading from ‘Statement of claims on behalf of my father’ at Sleepers Almanac 8 launch, Thurs 7 Mar 2013

Reading from ‘Statement of claims on behalf of my father’ at Sleepers Almanac 8 launch, Thurs 7 Mar 2013

I will be giving my best attempt at a dramatic-squirrel reading of a piece called ‘Statement of Claims on Behalf of My Father’ at the launch of Sleepers Almanac 8 on Thursday 7 March, 6pm at Bella Union bar, Level 1, Victorian Trades Hall Cnr Victoria & Lygon Sts, Carlton. More event details.

Varuna Writer-a-Day appearance

Varuna Writer-a-Day appearance

I’m just coming to the end of a fabulous residency at Varuna The Writers’ House, supported by the Copyright Agency Limited’s Creative Industries Career Fund.

I’ve contributed a brief reading (streaming audio) from my novel in progress, ‘When I first met Martin’, to the Varuna blog’s Writer a Day project:

Theme: Overlay by Kaira