Readings and events


Newcastle Writers Festival

I’ll be running a poetry workshop and appearing in two events at this year’s Newcastle Writers Festival (31 March – 2 April). This will be my first festival appearance, and I’m pinching myself to be on the program alongside so many brilliant writers. 

Friday 31 March, 11am – 2pm: Poetry Workshop—Using lyric encounter to write grief. University of Newcastle NuSpace, Cnr Hunter & Auckland Streets, Newcastle. Details and tickets here.

Saturday 1 April, 3 – 4pm: Book launch—Moon Wrasse and Bobish by Magdalena Ball. University of Newcastle NuSpace X321, Level 3, Cnr Hunter and Auckland Streets, Newcastle. This is a free event. Details here.

Saturday 1 April, 5:30 – 7pm: Poetry Salon with Cassandra Atherton, Mohammad Awad, Robbie Coburn, Rico Craig, Yvette Henry Holt, Sarah Holland-Batt, Mark Mordue and myself. Details and tickets here. 



Book Launch — Moon Wrasse and Like to the Lark by Stuart Barnes

Moon Wrasse was launched alongside the stunning new collection Like to the Lark by award winning poet Stuart Barnes, on Thursday 16th March at the beautiful Marrickville Pavilion. Both books were launched by award winning poet and critic Felicity Plunkett (Vanishing Point, A Kinder Sea). 

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Innie/Outie — Pride Amplified for Sydney World Pride and Poetry Sydney, Knox Street Bar, Chippendale, 22 February.

Live and live-streamed via Tickets available here.


Poetry Sydney, Knox Street Bar, Chippendale, 30 November. 

Poetry Reading. Poetry Sydney and Macquarie University are thrilled to present N E W S : Poets from the North . East . West . South; a collaborative venture that celebrates the work of poets from the literary departments of four universities in Sydney and greater Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. I was thrilled to read four poems from my upcoming collection Moon Wrasse at this in person and live-streamed event. Live recording below (or view here from 25:40).


Poetry readings: “Body Mapping at the Arachnoid Disco”,  and “Turning” for the Creative Writing/Neuroscience Project, an interdisciplinary collaboration between neuroscience and the arts, The Science Art Network, Swinburne University, in partnership with The Australasian Association of Writing Programs.

2018, Harmony Park, Surry Hills, 20 November.

Poetry reading for International Transgender Day of Remembrance 2018, Ceremony and Vigil, Harmony Park, Sydney.


Great Writing,  Imperial College, London, UK, 1-2 July.

Conference Paper: “‘Bees of the Invisible’: Levertov’s Rilke Index, poetic transformation and the distributed mind”.


12th December

Inaugural Macquarie University Faculty of Arts Cognitive Humanities workshop, with visiting international scholar, Prof. Mark Turner. 

Short presentation: “‘Pressed Between the mind’s pages’: Denise Levertov’s Rilke Index and practices of artistic cognition”.

7th December

Constellations, NewMac 2016, University of Newcastle.

Conference paper: “The Green Notebook: Cognitive Integration and Denise Levertov’s early constellation of meaning”.

28th November 

Authorised Theft, the 21st Annual AAWP Conference 28-30th November, University Of Canberra.

Conference paper: “‘Pressed Between the Mind’s Pages’: Denise Levertov’s ‘Rilke Index’ and practices of artistic cognition”.  (Full program and abstracts here)

24 November 

Sydney University Historical Identities conference, 24th – 25th November.

Conference paper: “Writerly personhood and the extended mind: poetics and identity formation in the early notebooks of Denise Levertov” Session 225, Textual Identities, 4:00 -5:30 pm.

23 March 

Between the Covers, presented by the Emerging Writers’ Festival and Macquarie University.

A poetry reading as part of “Writing Home”,  Wednesday 23 March, 7pm. Macquarie University Staff Café, Building W5A, Level 2, Balaclava Road, North Ryde.  With Fiona Wright, Peter Polities, Susie Anderson, Michelle Hamadache, Jamie Derkenne and Emma Smith.

4 March 

Moving Minds: converting  cognition and emotion in history, Macquarie University, 2-4 March.

Conference paper: “Twentieth Century ‘Organic Form’ and the ‘Rilke Index’: artistic cognition in the early notebook practices of Denise Levertov”. (Program and abstracts for this conference can be found here.)


1 December 

Writing the Ghost Train, the 20th Annual AAWP Conference, 29 November – 1 December 2015.

A performance of two poems as part of the daily “Hauntings” readings at the 2015 AAWP Conference, both from my 2014 suite of poetry: “Propagules for drift and dispersal”. Both poems were subsequently published in a special issue of Bukker Tillibul.

13 October 

Cognitive integration and the ‘Rilke index’: artistic cognition in the early notebook practices of Denise Levertov

A paper delivered as part of the Macquarie University English Department seminar series, outlining some early ideas from my PhD research.