Literary Nillumbik: Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2018

Group photo of the winners, highly commended, judges, actor-readers and special guests I was one of the lucky winners at the Literary Nillumbik ceremony on Saturday 2nd September. The full list is below, taken from the Nillumbik Shire Council Arts and Cultural Development Facebook page. Ekphrasis Poetry Award 2018, judged by Helen Lucas, Steve Smart…

Interview with Emilie Zoey Baker: On Poetry

As discussed last week, this is the first of the two promised interviews that I managed to salvage from the audio taken at the Williamstown Literary Festival. Here I’m talking with Emilie Zoey Baker, an award-winning Australian poet, educator, slam champion and spoken-word performer. She has toured a lot of the world as a guest…

13 Picks for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival

We’re deep into literary festival time of year and coming up fast, from the 24th August to 2nd September, is the Melbourne Writers Festival with new artistic director Marieke Hardy at the helm. Its theme is ‘a matter of life and death’ and there is a lot to go see, spread over a number of new venues….