An Astráil
Poetry from Australia & New Zealand.

Denise O’Hagan’s selection of poetry from the strongest voices in
Australia & New Zealand

Poetry by Geoffrey Forrester

Under the softly expert eye of Australian poet Geoffrey Forrester (Tug Dumbly), the simple ritual of a common haircut is delved into and its implications expanded in a way that cannot fail to delight!

A Poem By Brett Dionysius

Australian poet Brett Dionysius coaxes us back in time to the burial of a plant by an Ice Age squirrel, and how that plant may feel to be ‘woken’ from a 32,000-year-old sleep.

1 POEM BY FRASER MACKAY

Australian poet Fraser Mackay dances in the space between regret and speculation, expertly exploring the unsettled nature of relationships while leaving us with a lingering sense of hope.

2 poems by Daragh Byrne

Irish-born, Daragh Byrne has lived in Sydney for a decade. He writes informed by a longstanding meditation practice and his background in physics.

Poetry by Moya Pacey

Moya Pacey co-edits the on-line journal, 'Not Very Quiet'

2 poems by Amanda McLeod

Amanda McLeod is a Canberra-based writer and artist. Her debut flash fiction, Animal Behaviour (Chaffinch Press, 2020), came out on July 3 2020.

2 poems by emerging poet Georgina Ashworth

Emerging poet Georgina Ashworth was winner of the ECU’s Talus Prize in the poetry category (2017), she was also the judging panel’s favourite for the Yarra Libraries Receipt Poetry Competition, as part of the Digital Writers Festival (2019).

Poetry by Eugen Bacon

Eugen Bacon’s work has won, been shortlisted, longlisted or commended in national and international awards, including the Bridport Prize, Copyright Agency Prize, Ron Hubbard’s Writers of the Future Award, Australian Shadows Awards and Nommo Award for Speculative Fiction by Africans.

Poetry by Mark Roberts

Mark Roberts is a writer, critic and publisher, he co-edits the online journal Rochford Street Review and, with Linda Adair, runs Rochford Press.

Prose poetry by Rebecca Myers

Rebecca Myers is an Irish-born, New Zealand-based poet and playwright.

2 poems by Magdalena Ball

Magdalena Ball is the author of several published books of poetry and fiction, including High Wire Step (Flying Island Press, 2018) and Unreliable Narratives (Girls on Key Press, 2019). 

Poetry by Ian C Smith

Ian C Smith’s seventh book is wonder sadness madness joy (Ginninderra Press, 2015).  He writes in the Gippsland Lakes area of Victoria, and on Flinders Island, Tasmania.

Poetry by Brenda Proudfoot

Brenda Proudfoot was a finalist in the Joanne Burns Microlit Award (2019), and two of her stories are shortlisted for the Microflix Writers Award (2020).

Poetry by Frankie McMillan

Frankie McMillan was winner of the New Zealand Poetry International competition (2009)

2 poems by Stephen Oliver

Stephen Oliver’s latest poetry collection is The Song of Globule / 80 Sonnets (Greywacke Press, 2020), and a chapbook, Heroides / 15 Sonnets (Puriri Press, 2020).

2 poems by Beth Spencer

Beth Spencer was winner of the Carmel Bird Digital Literary Award (2018) for The Age of Fibs, Her books include Vagabondage (UWAP, 2014) and Things in a Glass Box (FIP, 1994).

2 poems by Helen Anderson

Helen Anderson is a past winner of the Auckland War Memorial Museum ‘Lest We Forget’ Poetry Competition. Her poetry arises from the people and environment of her beautiful, damaged and hopeful country.

2 poems by Laura Jan Shore

Laura Jan Shore won the Martha Richardson Poetry Prize (2012) and the FAW John Shaw Nielson Award (2009)

2 poems by Denise Teresa O’Hagan

Denise Teresa O’Hagan’s poetry is published in Fast Fibres Poetry Five (2018), Fresh Ink anthology (2017) and elsewhere.

2 new poems by Paul Williamson

Paul Williamson is author of five collections, including the recent Edge of Southern Bright (Ginninderra Press, 2017).

Hymns of Thanksgiving at the Existentialist Café – Phillip Hall

Phillip Hall’s publications include Sweetened in Coals (Ginninderra Press, 2014), Borroloola Class (IPSI, 2018), Fume (UWAP, 2018) and (as editor) Diwurruwurru: Poetry from the Gulf of Carpentaria (Blank Rune Press, 2015).

2 poems by Ben Hession

Ben Hession is a poet, reviewer and music journalist involved with community broadcasting.

3 poems by Rachel J Fenton

Rachel J Fenton’s upcoming chapbook is, ‘Beerstorming with Charlotte Brontë in New York’ it is forthcoming from Ethel Zine and Micro Press in 2021.

2 poems by Julie Manning

Julie Manning’s work was shortlisted in the Peter Porter Poetry Prize (2020) and longlisted in the VC International Poetry Prize (2019).

Abduction, a poem by Angela Costi

Angela Costi has published four collections of poetry including Honey and Salt (Five Islands Press, 2007) and Lost in Mid-Verse (Owl Publishing, 2014). 

2 Poems by Andrew Leggett

Andrew Leggett is the current prose editor for StylusLit, his poetry collections Dark Husk of Beauty (2006) and Old Time Religion and Other Poems (1998) were published by Interactive Press.

Poetry by Jacqui Malins

Jacqui Malins is a poet, performer, and co-founder of Mother Tongue Multilingual Poetry events (Canberra). (Photo credit Zach Polis)

2 poems by Jilly O’Brien

Jilly O’Brien was finalist in the Monica Taylor International Poetry Competition, and highly commended in the Charles Causley International Poetry Competition (2020).

2 poems by Brent Cantwell

Brent Cantwell is a New Zealand-born, Queensland-based writer and high-school teacher.

2 poems by Vasilka Pateras

Vasilka Pateras is a Melbourne-based poet and emerging writer who regularly reads as part of the Melbourne Spoken Word community.

3 poems by Richard James Allen

Richard James Allen is creator of #RichardReads (Global Poetry, Read Aloud)

2 poems by Alexandra Fraser

Alexandra Fraser has published two collections of poetry, Star Trails (2019) and Conversations by Owl-light (2014) (Steele Roberts Aotearoa).

2 poems by Lincoln Jaques

Poet and author Lincoln Jaques is from Auckland.

2 poems by Luciana Croci

Poet, Luciana Croci has a background in languages including Latin, French, Italian, German and Japanese.

2 poems by Steve Milroy

Steve Milroy’s poetry is wonderfully reflective of his time spent working in rural communities.

2 poems by Laura Brinson

Laura Brinson is a Melbourne-based reader and a writer, seamstress and gardener.

2 Poems by Dylan Everett

Dylan Everett is involved in visual art/writing projects as part of The Adelaide Festival of the Arts.

Poetry by Ellen Shelley

Poet Ellen Shelley was highly Commended for the Philip Bacon Ekphrasis Award.

Poetry by Geoff Callard

Geoff is a New Zealand-born, Melbourne-based writer. 

A Concrete Poem by Carolyn Cordon

Carolyn Cordon is a writer, poet, and editor of the monthly newsletter Mallala Crossroad Chronicle. She has published two poetry collections (Ginninderra Press)

2 Poems from New Zealand Writer Lynda Scott Araya

Lynda Scott Araya is an educator of English and writer from the South Island of New Zealand whose poetry and her fiction are widely published.

2 Poems by Glenn Whalan

Glenn Whalan is an Australian adventurer and nomad. His poetry is widely published and his debut novel, ‘In Absurdia’, is due in 2020

2 Poems by Mark Mahemoff

Mark Mahemoff is a poet, critic and psychotherapist with an MA in Writing from The University of Technology, Sydney.

2 Poems by Jenny Blackford

Jenny Blackford’s latest poetry collection is The Alpaca Cantos (Pitt Street Poetry), 2020.

2 Poems by Jerome van Putten

Jerome van Putten lives in Sydney and teaches ESL at the University of NSW. 


Poetry by Ed Southorn

Ed Southorn teaches journalism at Griffith University and the University of Queensland

2 Poems by Tony Steven Williams

Tony Steven Williams debut poetry collection, 'Sun and Moon, Light and Dark', was published by Ginninderra Press (2018)

New Poetry by Linda Adair

Linda Adair is the publisher at Rochford Press

Body Shaming by Michael Aiken

Michael is the owner at Garden Lounge Creative Space, a poetry in Newtown.

New Poetry from Irina Frolova

Irina Frolova is working on a bilingual pocketbook of poems to be published by Flying Island Books/ASM/Cerberus Press later in 2020.

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