Kat’s #PostItNotePoetry Collection

A little late, but better than never… This is a collage of my February #PostItNotePoetry collection. There are more than 28 – because some days I just wrote more, though I didn’t always share all of them via twitter. They’re not in any specific order – just randomly arranged to fit the windows of opportunity in the CollageIt program. (I had hoped you’d be able to read them, but even clicking on the image they still seem to be very small. Oops.)

#postitnotepoetryThanks to organiser Adam Byatt (@revhappiness) and all the other poets who joined in the fun and inspired with their unique brands of creativity. Great stuff!

You can peruse the month’s twitter #postitnotepoetry collection – from all participants here.

Celebrating Australia – with Lorraine Marwood

Lorraine Marwood is one of Australia’s great poets. It is always a privilege to read her works, and enlightening to hear her insights. With the release of Lorraine’s new book, ‘Celebrating Australia – a year in poetry’, I asked Lorraine what brings a collection of poems together – looking at the challenge of variety in poems, balanced with editorial expectations. This is Lorraine’s fourth poetry collection for children, so I think she’s well qualified to answer that question. :)

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Post It Note Poetry – 1 & 2

January is traditionally my Month of Poetry. But this year my January was focused on edits (that’s a post that’s coming soon…) so that while I was reading, editing and writing poetry – I didn’t enjoy the creative play with new forms that has typified my January for the past 6 years.

But with edits away, I was flicking through my tweet stream on 1st February and noticed #PostItNotePoetry appearing pretty regularly. I was ready to play! The guidelines are here, thanks to Adam Byatt (@revhappiness);  https://afullnessinbrevity.wordpress.com. I’m a rule-breaker from the start – because I’m writing my poems on Stickies and tweeting screenshots. Because that is me!

Day One:

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Day Two:

A found poem, inspired by my tweeps. (The title comes from Abi Elphinstone’s tweet.)

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I spy… The Bully!

Bully on the BusI’m so excited to share the gorgeous cover for ‘Bully on the Bus’ with you!

As if that’s not exciting enough… HOLDING that shiny-new book is even better! Who knew that an advance copy would hop into my letterbox this week? Not me!!

Leroy’s story always clutches at my heart. Reading it as a book squeezes every ounce of happy right up and bubbling out of me.

Pssst… Hop over to win your copy on Goodreads;

Cover Art/Design: Jo Hunt
Publisher: UQP
Release Date: July 2014

Reasons to smile!

Clockwork Holidays – a poem

Clockwork Holidays

The clock has stopped. The bus has run.
School bags lie in wait, lunchboxes packed,
while uniforms hang about in dishevelment
and kids run free!

School bags lie in wait, lunchboxes packed
and stacked
away at the back of the cupboard.

While uniforms hang about in dishevelment,
waiting to be pressed into shape,
rumpled, crumpled comfy clothes are donned,

and kids run free!
No HW. No bedtimes. No alarms.
Unwinding as the clock… ticks… down… to… school.


My trimeric, for Day 23 Month of Poetry. We love the freedom of school holidays, and always feel a large slice of regret when the school year starts again.