Hello! Thanks for visiting. I’m Bronwyn. I write poems, articles, and sometimes even draw pictures.
I love language, stories, films, books and cups of tea. I hope you enjoy your time here. Please say hello before you go!
Bronwyn studied creative writing at both the University of Sydney and the University of Melbourne. Her poetry has been published in Cordite, Antipodes and The Global Poetry Anthology, and she was shortlisted for the prestigious 2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize. Bronwyn has performed at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Bendigo Writers Festival, and the Overload Poetry Festival. She writes a regular poetry column for Lip magazine and is the poet-in-residence at Kinfolk through the Australian Poetry Cafe Poet Program. Her love of words has taken her across the country and the globe: from writing and editing picture books for Penguin in the UK, to living in remote Indigenous communities in Cape York as a remedial literacy instructor for disadvantaged children. She currently works at Writers Victoria on the editorial team of The Victorian Writer magazine.
2013 Fish International Poetry Contest: Longlisted
2013 Varuna Publisher Fellowship: Shortlisted
2012 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Silver Medal
2012 Doire Press International Poetry Competition: Shortlisted
2012 Eyre Writers Awards Free Verse Poetry Section: Commended
2012 Brunswick Poets & Writers Workshop 38th Annual Literary Competition: Shortlisted
2011 Poetica Christi Press Annual Poetry Competition: Runner-up
2011, 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival Poetry Idol: Finalist
2011 Montreal International Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2011 Rossgill Media Travel Writing Contest: Shortlisted
2011 Bard of the Stables Poetry Competition: Commended
2011 Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts: Winner
2011 ZineWest Competition: Commended
2011 H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry: Winner
2011 Sydney Road Writers Competition Short Piece Written Section: Winner
2011 South Eastern Centre for Sustainability Environmental Poetry Competition Open Written Section: Winner
2010 Doris Leadbetter Poetry Cup: Encouragement Award
This poem appeals because it best demonstrates the importance—to both writing good poetry and to leading a more contented life perhaps—of paying close attention; of seeing as opposed to looking; of really listening as opposed to having perfect hearing; of actively joining the dots as opposed to waiting for life to get up and hit you over the head.
~ Judge’s comments, Eyre Writers Annual Literary Awards, 2012
Lip magazine poetry reviews:
Mappings of the Plane: New Selected Poems by Gwen Harwood
Chemistry by Jamie King-Holden
The Argument by Tracy Ryan
Award Winning Australian Writing (ed. Adolfo Aranjuez)
Life on Mars by Tracy K. Smith
Best Australian Poems 2012 (ed. John Tranter)
Don’t Start Me Talkin’ by Paul Kelly
The Sunlit Zone by Lisa Jacobson
Overload Poetry Festival event reviews:
Eleanor Jackson and Betsy Turcot: A Mills and Boon Swoon
Take Away Poetry: Tim Clare, Luke Wright, Laura Stimson and Ezra Bix
Titles I’ve written for The Book Studio, UK:
Chrysalis is a journey through poetry and music, weaving the complexity of the relatively short life cycle of the butterfly with larger ideas about what it is to be human. The poems have been researched to be scientifically correct explorations of insect development, while also navigating wider themes of transience and transformation, vulnerability and resilience. Bronwyn’s poetry is accompanied by the sublime sounds of harpist Michael Johnson, the musician-in-residence from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The words and music intertwine to create a fascinating performance.
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It felt as if we were sitting in her kitchen and having a cuppa while she retraced her memories and personal experiences and retold them to us in a her gorgeous storybook-like style.
~ Christa Jonathan, 2011
She dazzled the crowd, starting with a poem about her gift to the audience through words and emotions, and her gift was well received, with all eyes focused and breaths held.
~ Flo Devereux, 2011
Her imagery is rich and her language delightful. Bronwyn, in her performance, strikes all the right notes between pathos and irony—able to laugh at her impulsive loves, and in the next line evoke the grief of losing a relative.
~ James, Mudfest reviewer, 2011
Especially lovely was the reaction of the public to this piece—one lady shushed her friends and didn’t get off the tram because she wanted to hear the poetry. So that says it all really, this performance captured the tram itself and all of the characters real and imagined that were aboard. A captivating joy.
~ Tilly Lunken, 2011
I wanted to thank you for your words, and the heart behind them…. Your poetry has inspired me to stay passionate and to not grow complacent. Thank you for the inspiration, it was truly moving.
~ Tekitah Falkenberg, 2010
Bronwyn is one of the brightest young things in the poetry scene.
~ Steve Smart, 2010
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