Susie Walsh is a poet, writer, and filmmaker based in Braidwood, NSW. She has written scripts for short films screened at film festivals, and for AV installations exhibited in galleries. She is currently working on Palimpsest — a collection of poems, hybrid texts, and reflective essayistic interchapters in response to the lived and multi-layered experiences of drought, the 2019/2020 Black Summer bushfires, several floods, and existential distress about COVID19. Her poem “Discordant” was in the Solastalgia exhibition (Tuggeranong Arts Centre, 2020); “How I Hold You” is in the What We Carry anthology (Recent Works Press, 2021); and “Rewind Erase Record” will be in the Admissions anthology (Upswell, Oct 2022).

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Simplicity and dedication are two apt words to sum up The Pink Book, a collection of images and memoirs from Henry Von Doussa. The book is a series of personal essays and collages bound in an exquisite coffee-table book; it bursts with colour and nuance yet simplicity and dedication to the characters and stories that lie within.

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For many years, Jan Napier worked in travelling carnivals, but nowadays she belongs to Perth’s community of poets. To date, she has three full-length books with WA publishers. Listening to Frost complements her haiku book Day Moon (Mulla Mulla Press 2020) and inherits the concerns of her debut collection Thylacine (Regime Books 2015).

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In Jane Skelton’s What the river told me there is a strong connection to place, landscape, the natural environment, and the human trace on it.

Many of the poems were written during a 2018 writing residency in Northumberland, England; on travels to Scotland where Jane was conducting research on the early life of the colonial entrepreneur Ben Boyd; and then at Boydtown near Eden on the south coast of New South Wales where a tower is testimony to a man’s ambition to build a town.

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