Launching November 1, 2016, I have to admit that I am dearly looking forward to holding Kangaroos in my blood and other poems in my hand. I have been writing for as long as I can remember, and publishing poetry (in things other than the school magazine) for around 20 years, so the term ‘debut collection’ seems vaguely ridiculous.
Kangaroos is being published by Douglas and Brown, branching out from their normal education and leadership list. But although it may have been a long time coming, the timing is hardly random; the book will be launched the week before the opening of the art exhibition based on its central poem at the New England Regional Art Museum.
A diverse group of artists including painters, sculptors and printmakers has used the poetic sequence “Kangaroos in my blood” as the springboard for new works, and I have also been busy creating etchings, sculpture and other pieces of my own, re-visiting the narrative and themes with new skills and ideas. “Kangaroos in my blood” opens at NERAM on November 11. So November is shaping up as a thrilling month for me and I couldn’t be more excited.
Kangaroos in my blood and other poems
5.30 pm Tuesday November 1, 2016 at Reader’s Companion bookstore, Beardy Street, Armidale
“Kangaroos in my blood”
6pm Friday November 11, 2016 at NERAM, Kentucky Street, Armidale