Where can I read your poems?
You’ll see a couple if you click on the POETRY tab on my website. My poetry has also featured in 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.
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 of my favourites:
- Elizabeth Honey
- Michael Rosen
- Carol Ann Duffy
- Robert Louis Stevenson
- AA Milne
- Lorraine Marwood
- Janeen Brian
I recommend browsing in the poetry section at your local library for poetry books.