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Tasmanaut poet, editor, and freelance creative writing tutor.



Other People’s Poems – Close Readings, Analyses and Poem Commentaries

To paraphrase Owen Marshall: if you want to know the time, look at the clock’s face. If you want to know how a clock works, you have to take the back off. And that’s what close reading is – taking the time to try and work out what a poem is doing, and how. Drinking it in. Learnings its secrets. Wandering around the poem’s rooms and rumaging through its drawers.

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Since 2010 I’ve been running poetry workshops as a freelance creative writing tutor. Below is a basic outline of what to expect in each type of workshop.

I am also available to run poetry or general creative writing classes for writers’ groups, festivals, and private individuals, and can tailor a workshop to your specific needs. My default rate is $150 for up to two hours plus $50 per hour thereafter.

Writing groups may be eligible for local government funding towards the costs of workshops, masterclasses etc – contact your local Creative Communities advisor.
Seriously, go look – they’re fantastic.

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A(nother) Difficult Day

Just back from handing over the manuscript of time to sing beofre the dark to Bruce Bascand and his sister Robyn.  I’ve written and erased dozens of paragraphs that follow on from that simple statement. Stupid. Let’s just go with the observation that I didn’t handle it as well as I would have liked, and I’m …