Author Archives: magdalenaball

Newcastle Writers Festival 2023!

The fabulous Newcastle Writers Festival is coming soon! I might be biased but I think it’s the best festival in Australia – both intimate and exciting with a very wide range of exceptional authors and such an incredible range of … Continue reading

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Cathedral Gums at openbook

A new ekphrastic poem has been published in the exquisite Openbook magazine, published by the State Library of NSW. The poem was written for Brian Purcell’s “Cathedral Gums at Sunset” which is part of his Cathedral series.  An absolute honour to … Continue reading

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Pigeon Talk on The Wild Word

A poem of mine, “Pigeon Talk” has been published in The Wild Word’s “Bare” issue. https://thewildword.com/poetry-magdalena-ball/

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International Women’s Day/Sydney Jewish Writers Festival

So excited to be sharing the stage on International Women’s Day with some amazing women: filmmaker Karen Pearlman and actress, singer and writer Jessica Chapnik Kahn. We have all sorts of fun things planned including a curated panel conversation, a mini-book launch … Continue reading

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Poetry at the Pub Feature

Poetry at the Pub is a lovely institution.  The Newcastle one has been going for some 35 years and the sessions are generally well-attended, genial, warm and inclusive.  Since Covid, there is an online option so poets and poetry lovers … Continue reading

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Talking Maurice Sendak and Creativity at The Writer Laid Bare

I’ve been following Lee Kofman’s excellent blog The Writer Laid Bare for a while now, so I was delighted when she invited me to contribute a post about one author who has had an influence on my writing practice. I was … Continue reading

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Interview with Mirta Ines Trupp

Author Mirta Ines Trupp and I had a fascinating conversation about Bobish, Rebecca’s story and what drew me to it, the immigrant experience in general, why I chose to write in verse, the complexity of retelling one’s history and lots more (the … Continue reading

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The Next Best Book Blog

I am reading a poem from Bobish titled “Ocean Mandala” as part of The Next Best Book Blog (TNBCC) audio series “The Authors Read. We Listen.”   The terrific blog focuses on small publishers and is well work an explore (I’ve spent … Continue reading

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My new book is available now!

Though it doesn’t officially come out until Jan (and the actual in-person launch will be at the Newcastle Writers Festival in April), you don’t have to wait!  Bobish is now available from good book stores everywhere (and if your store or … Continue reading

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QLD Ekphrasis Challenge

I’m stunned and delighted to report that my poem “Soil Horizon (O)” has been chosen as one of the winners of this year’s Queensland Regional Art Awards (QRAA) Ekphrasis Challenge by judge Marjon Mossammaparast. The poem was a response to Helen … Continue reading

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