I’ve been spending the morning reading through the fabulous latest issue of Burrow, which features many wonderful poems written around a provocation of ‘What does mental health (good or otherwise) look like through the prism of non-human companionship?’ The responses couldn’t be more varied, but I think, without exception, they are all excellent, thought-provoking, and moving.
I’m delighted to have several poems in the beautiful new anthology Sapphic Touch edited by Suman Lahiry and Heidi Chappelow, along with many other poets whose work I love. The book will be launched online at and with Poetry at The Pub (PaTP) on 20th September, Monday, commencing at 7PM (AU EST). Join in here: https://www.facebook.com/events/357596546072055?ref=newsfeed
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I’ll be joining Poetry Central and the lovely Ketaki Datta for a lively conversation and poetry reading this Sunday at 2pm AU EST (930am Kolkata time). Please come and join in: meet.google.com/ibd-vkdk-ruf
On Wednesday the 18th of August, 7pm AU EST I’ll be reading poetry with Damen O’Brien at the Sydney Poetry Lounge, live via Zoom (and I believe, recorded thereafter). I actually agreed to doing this gig in-person in Sydney at the usual venue The Friend In Hand Hotel Glebe some time ago when it looked like Covid-19 might be behind us, but alas, it’s with us still, so Zoom we must. On the upside it doesn’t matter where in the world you are, locked down or not, you are welcome! The details are here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1213559002390451/?ref=newsfeed
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I’ve been invited by the wonderful Elizabeth Guyon Spennato to participate in a live, mostly French, Instagram poetry reading on Sunday 16th of May, 10pm AU EST (that’s 2pm Paris time). I’m normally barely conscious at 10, but the idea of connecting with a group of poets reading in other languages is too good to resist. I’ll post up the recording here, but otherwise, if you head over to Instagram and follow me https://www.instagram.com/maggieball1 you should be able to watch the whole live hour if you’d like. I’m up first.
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I have 3 new poems from my work-in-progress up today on the marvellous Live Encounters special May edition. This issue features Australian & New Zealand poets (including a terrific interview with David Malouf), guest edited by Denise O’Hagan. You can check out my poems here: Live Encounters
Getting published in Meanjin has been on my bucket list for a very long time (I’m sure it’s on everyone’s bucket list), so I was delighted when I was commissioned to write a little piece on what I’m reading. The fox image is a nod to Chris Mansell’s Foxline, which I reviewed and interviewed Chris about shortly after completing this piece.
On the 24th and 25th of April, the Newcastle Writers Festival will be holding their inaugural Emerging Writers Program “Fresh Ink”. This mini weekend festival is packed with great sessions on getting started with writing, juggling writing with parenting, memoir, launching a first book during the pandemic, publishing, the agent relationship, and the session I’ll be hosting, “Taking Risks” – how writes navigate the personal and the political, with the amazing Shu-Ling Chua, Bri Lee, and Omar Sakr. Tickets are free (!) but must be booked in advance. Go here to see the full program and book: