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WRITING FOR RELIEF 2021

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Free Daily Writing Prompts delivered to your inbox every day in August.  Coronavirus continues to circle the community, causing borders to shut, raising fear and anxiety. To relieve my anxiety, I usually turn to writing. To help me get started I've put together 31 writing prompt which I'd like to share with you. CLICK HERE to sign up I haven’t been able to write much this year. Has it been the same for you? Instead of writing I’ve been playing with pictures, making collages, junk journals and up-cycled notebooks. This has brought me a great deal of joy but these past months I have been wanting to get back to writing in a meaningful way. SOOOO …. Last week I set myself some writing goals. In August (which is poetry month in Australia) my goal is to draft 4 new poems and finish 2 poems that are currently in-progress. To help me I’ve put together 31 writing prompts, one for each day. There are different types of prompts such as Observation

August is POETRY MONTH!

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  Junk Journals - covers A whole month of poetry! How sweet is that? An initiative of Red Room Poetry, you can head over to their website and check out all the wonderfully poetic things that are happening between August 1-31.   I'll also be releasing details very soon of how you can sign up for my newsletter. Yeah, I've been dreaming about setting up a newsletter for loyal followers for quite some time now, and Poetry Month is just the right motivation to make it happen. The first newsletter will offer discounts to my upcoming (return) season of SIARAD in September, plus specials on the print and audio book. I'll also have more information about my hand-made Poetry Prompt Journals.     Junk Journal - interior I learnt how to make Junk Journals recently, at a great place called The Adelaide Remakery. What fun! So, I've added my twist to them, and have been busy making Punk As Fuq Poetry Prompt Junk Journals (I know, it's a mouthful) - a fun resource to help inspire

2nd Place in Tom Collins Poetry Prize

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 In February 2021, I was awarded second place in the Tom Collins Poetry Prize with my poem 'DEVOUR'. The Prize is presented by the Fellowship of Australian Writers (WA) and was judged by Caitlin Malin.   I wrote the poem in response to the Australia's catastrophic bushfires in 2019-2020. I spent a week in January 2021 in Cape Jervis with a view of Kangaroo Island but some days the smoke from fires was so thick it obscured the island. It was a weird, fretful time, and our Prime Minister's response didn't help ease the country's anxiety.     I challenged myself to write DEVOUR like a collage, a form I'm experimenting with more and more. I use multiple motifs, weaving together references to literary heavyweight Patrick White, sanitary napkins, peri-menopause, Australia's Prime Minister and blue cheese. I love working this way. It's intuitive, trusting that threads will work and somehow pulling it together with humour and pathos. You can read my winning