FAQ

Where can I read your poems?
You can read some of my poems by clicking on the POETRY tab on my website. My poetry has also been published in issues of The School Magazine — so if you live in NSW you might have seen my poems in Countdown, and Blast Off.

Where do you get your ideas?
I get ideas from everything that’s happening around me — what I can see, hear, taste, touch and smell. Sometimes I go back to memories from when I was a child and write about that. Sometimes I write about how I’m feeling.

And I play Poetry Tag with Sally Murphy (another Australian poet). We take it in turns to give each other a few words to use in a poem, so then I get my ideas from the words she gives me. (You should try it, it’s fun!)

Do you write with a pen and paper, or on the computer?
I use a pen and paper if I’m writing a poem. I have notebooks lying around all over the house. Sometimes I write on a scrap of paper but I don’t recommend it because scrappy bits of paper have a habit of getting lost …

If I’m writing a story, I usually type it on the computer.

Who is your favourite poet?
Choosing just one is too hard! Here are some that I love:

  • Elizabeth Honey
  • Michael Rosen
  • Carol Ann Duffy
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
  • AA Milne
  • Lorraine Marwood
  • Janeen Brian

And lots more. If you look in the poetry section at your local library you can usually find books of poetry about all sorts of topics. Borrow some and bookmark your own favourites!