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In 2016 I wrote an online course on “Poetry Appreciation and Analysis Skills” on Open Learning.  The course can be found at:   

In 2017 my friend and I completed a speech development project we were working on and published Special Pictures to Talk About: 

I grew up in the Barossa Valley, an area of South Australia predominantly settled by German immigrants. As a dark-haired, tanned little English girl (remember Britain was at one stage occupied by the Romans), I was very different and mercilessly teased. I remember the struggle to learn to read – painfully stringing three letter words together – there was Sam and Pam and a ball. Sometimes there was a fat cat on a mat or dog with a ball. Reading was a slow process until one birthday, I sat down with my gift, a Famous Five book by Enid Blyton. The mystery story was so exciting, I finished it in one session and I was a fast reader from that moment onwards. I loved Enid Blyton, her Wishing Chair stories, Magic Faraway Tree stories, fairy-land and toy-land stories as well as the mysteries.

A couple of years later, I discovered The Lion, Witch and Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. It was so amazing, I read it seven times in a row! Eventually, I discovered there was a whole series… I survived on this sort of fair until I was sixteen and read The Lord of the Rings trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien. That gave me a taste for adult fantasy. In search of more riveting reading, I discovered Stephen King and James Herbert. Stephen King’s Danse Macabre led me to H.P. Lovecraft, on whom I completed a Master’s project.

I learned to sew when I was ten and dressed myself throughout high-school and university in my own designs. I tried putting seams where seams traditionally did not go, or had not gone for a decade or two. I also put zippers in unusual places and added flounces and uneven hem lines. In the mid-1990’s fashions available in the stores began to catch up to me.

I enjoyed writing poetry and short stories, although was discouraged I had no early success in competitions. In 1988, I wrote my first full length manuscript, often scribbling on the train as I travelled from Newcastle to Sydney to attend post graduate study at university. In the year 2000, I brought my second full length manuscript into being and 2004 saw my third full length manuscript. None is published yet, but I still keep writing.

In the year 2001, I returned to another creative passion of mine, which was dance. I spent five years learning Ballroom dance and participating in dance school showcases. I also learned Belly-dance and had a go at most other types of folk dance. I spent a year with a performing group, the Matinee Entertainers, before moving onto coaching after school sports, circus and gymnastics. I never turned professional, but I loved fun and games and spreading the enjoyment amongst others. Always keen to find a dramatic outlet, I joined the production committee for a community Nativity performance and in 2010, a Nativity Play I wrote was produced by a local church.

I currently tutor English and have been doing so under my own ABN since 2007 – trying to create that “aha” moment when reading becomes pleasure instead of pain for children struggling to read and write. 


Create a Character Contest Honourable Mention List

Blog Posted:7/11/2017 7:28:00 PM

Dear Friends:


The Create a Character Contest was exceedingly hard to judge. Every entry was of excellent quality. A few did not quite conform to what I understood to be the dramatic monologue form, which I believe was traditionally a first person soliloquy, and is the only real reason for them being missing from this list. Of the 35 entries, I believe at LEAST 19 deserved to be winners! If you own any of the poems listed below, please post onto this blog so that people can locate and enjoy your poem. I hope you all had fun entering!


  • Mara- Collateral damage
  • The Two Fridas
  • Lament of an unnamed knight
  • Putting on the Ritz
  • Monologue: Right to dream
  • Every Once In A While
  • The Lonely Fisherman
  • Volkswagon
  • The forgotten god
  • A Journeyman
  • The Cottonmouth King
  • Impressions From a Stone Skipped on Water
  • OPPORTUNITY - Employee of time factory
  • The Pup
  • A Crow's Command
  • Traveling Back in Time
  • Ricardo
  • Deguello
  • I, Jam Maker
  • Lord Wen Chang's Tract-Taoist Inspired Dramatic Monologue, released into Public Domain



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Date: 7/13/2017 9:51:00 PM
Thank you, Cecelia - I am glad you liked my lamenting knight. This was a fun contest!
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Date: 7/12/2017 1:28:00 PM
Hard contest
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Date: 7/12/2017 5:50:00 AM
Thank you for the honourable mention, Cecelia, I'll inform Lilizzi immediately! LOL. It was a fun and pleasurable write! Great contest
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Date: 7/12/2017 12:11:00 AM
My poem "I, Jam Maker", was a winner (6th place), Cecelia, not an H.M. See your list of winners on the "Completed Contests" page. Thank you for the prize.
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My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoemTitleFormCategories
2/15/2018 The Country Stroll Pantoumautumn,dream,loneliness,s
2/13/2018 Valentines' Day Acrosticfeelings,loneliness,valen
9/15/2017 Silhouette of a Bird Ottava rimabird,nature,
9/15/2017 Xmas in July Acrosticcelebration,christmas,cul
9/15/2017 Dream of a hot Summer Day Pantoumsummer,sun,winter,
9/12/2017 Create a character contest Dramatic monologueanimal,humor,humorous,
6/16/2017 Blue Daisy Chain Quatrainflower,peace,
6/13/2017 The Owl Totem Blank versebird,mythology,native ame
6/4/2017 I am the Cat Pantoumcat,humor,humorous,
6/2/2017 What Tomorrow Brings Pantoumfuture,grandmother,moving
5/24/2017 Beauty Cinquainbeauty,meaningful,
5/20/2017 The Knight Of Haute-Savoie Rhymefantasy,sky,
5/15/2017 Over to You - Estella Blank versebetrayal,loss,love hurts,
5/15/2017 Ideals Sonnetheaven,hope,night,sky,
5/14/2017 The Adventures of LBS Rhymebooks,childhood,racism,
5/12/2017 The Sprite of Mountaintop Lake Rhymeadventure,fantasy,nature,
5/10/2017 Lost Loves Rhymefeelings,longing,lost,los
5/6/2017 Sonnet for May Showers Sonnetmay,weather,
5/5/2017 The Windfarms Acrosticenvironment,green,mountai
4/29/2017 No Versespoken word,strength,
4/25/2017 The Wet Cat Lanternecat,weather,
4/25/2017 Back in Time Free versefantasy,perspective,visio
4/22/2017 Circle of Love Dodoitsulove,
4/22/2017 Twenty Years from Now Sonnetfuture,moon,science ficti
4/21/2017 The Hellhound - from mythology Rubaiyathorror,urban,
4/20/2017 The Vampire - Need Ninettefantasy,mythology,
4/19/2017 A Friend Went Missing - Urban Legend Rhymebereavement,murder,violen
4/19/2017 Mother - Pleiades Versefamily,mother,
4/18/2017 The Amateur Stargazer Quatrainnature,night,stars,
4/14/2017 Loneliness - Pleiades Versefeelings,loneliness,solit
4/13/2017 Angels and Lyres Rhymeangel,inspiration,mytholo
4/13/2017 An Easter Haiku Haikuchristian,easter,
4/6/2017 The Rainbow Serpent Free versefantasy,peace,racism,spir
4/5/2017 The Kraken Coupletfantasy,nature,
4/2/2017 On Huxley's Brave New World Rhymescience fiction,society,
4/1/2017 The Betrayal Rhymebetrayal,break up,love,
4/1/2017 Plastic Flowers Free versesociety,teen,
4/1/2017 To the Intruder in Mary's Garden Free verseabuse,nursery rhyme,psych
3/31/2017 Rejuvenation Quatrainfeelings,first love,scien
3/31/2017 The Resurected Woman Rhymeadventure,break up,scienc
3/31/2017 The Cyborg Versefantasy,science fiction,
3/31/2017 Encounter with a Griffin Free verseabuse,fantasy,scary,
3/30/2017 Childbirth on a Barren Planet Free versecorruption,future,science
3/30/2017 The Illusionist Quatrainbreak up,love hurts,scien
3/30/2017 The Reconciliation Dramatic Verseadventure,bereavement,gri
3/30/2017 Sub-Station One Cinquainscience fiction,society,t

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