I am a Melbourne-based writer and visual artist and believe in potential of the Creative Arts to contribute to culture-making; the development of values and the making of a more humane, fairer world. I work with words in poetry and prose and with images in visual art. In addition I teach Poetry Writing and Appreciation to adults and work as a project-based Creative Writing Therapist.
Art-making to me is a political (in the widest possible sense) as well as an aesthetic endeavour and also about our relationship to the ineffable.
After working for many years as a trained Social Worker in the areas of women’s health and domestic violence I needed to refresh my working life. I moved to the country and set up a boutique hand-made greeting card business using botanical specimens and photography. Living in the bush in a mudbrick cottage allowed me to experience myself as much more a part of my physical environment, imbedded in landscape in ways which profoundly changed me. Practising my two creative disciplines in this context I was opened to the power of the natural world and the beauty of its multitudinous life forms. They trained me in the art of attentiveness. As my skills developed, the capacity for attentiveness emerged as an essential ingredient of arts practice.
I sold the greeting card making business in 2003 and moved back to Melbourne to turn my attention to writing. Since then I have been developing my craft, studying technique and experimenting with various poetic and other literary forms. My poems often take a personal individual focus but open out into universal concerns.
In 2006 I started teaching Creative Writing to adults and more recently have run groups in Creative Writing Therapy.
- 2015 Shortlisted for the inaugural International Ron Pretty Poetry Prize, ‘Bach and the essence of things’
- 2014 Longlisted in the inaugural Canberra University Vice Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize, ‘Motherstone is womb’
- 2013 Max Harris Poetry Competition, Commended
- 2011 Stones Winery Inaugural Poetry Competition, Equal First Prize and
Appointment as Bard of the Stables, ‘The Seduction of Shaving’
- 2010 Martha Richardson Poetry Medal, First Prize, ‘Hawkesbury Houseboat’