Hello! Thanks for visiting. I’m Bronwyn. I write poems, articles, and sometimes even draw pictures.
I love words, stories, films, books and cups of tea. I hope you enjoy your time here. Please say hello before you go!
Bronwyn has a passion for linguistics and storytelling, and began penning poetry when she was a little girl. She studied cinema and creative writing at the University of Sydney as well as the University of Melbourne, where she was the recipient of the H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry and the Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts.
Her work has been published in numerous national and international publications, including Antipodes, Cordite Poetry Review, Australian Love Poems and The Global Poetry Anthology. Bronwyn has won the Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize (2013) and been shortlisted for the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2013), the Bridport Poetry Prize (2013) and the Montreal International Poetry Prize (2011). In 2012 she was the recipient of an ArtStart literature grant from the Australia Council for the Arts.
She has performed at the Melbourne Writers Festival, the Bendigo Writers Festival, the Melbourne Fringe Festival and the Overload Poetry Festival. With assistance from the Copyright Agency Creative Careers Fund, she was also the first Australian to compete at the Women of the World poetry tournament in the US.
Bronwyn’s love of words has taken her to opposite ends of 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 children, interning at Poets House in New York City, and writing on Flinders Island in the Bass Strait as an artist-in-residence. She currently works at Writers Victoria on the editorial team of The Victorian Writer magazine.
2013 Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize: Highly Commended
2013 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize: Commended
2013 Adrien Abbott Poetry Prize: Winner
2013 Bridport Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize: Shortlisted
2013 Cancer Council Victoria Arts Awards: Shortlisted
2013 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Third Prize
2013 Fish International Poetry Contest: Longlisted
2013 Varuna Publisher Fellowship: Shortlisted
2013 and 2012 Doire Press International Poetry Contest: Shortlisted
2012 Bendigo Writers Festival Poetry Slam: Silver Medal
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 ZineWest Competition: Commended
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 H.B. Higgins Scholarship for Advanced Studies in Poetry: Winner
2011 University of Melbourne Above Water Creative Writing Competition: Shortlisted
2011 Sydney Road Writers Competition Short Piece Written Section: Winner
2011 South Eastern Centre for Sustainability Environmental Poetry Competition Open Written Section: Winner
2011 and 2010 Melbourne Writers Festival Poetry Idol: Finalist
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 on my Commended poem in the 2012 Eyre Writers Annual Literary Awards
This is a whimsical and… delightful celebration of the self—of the sheer joy (at least sometimes!) of being alone, free from duties and social obligations.
~ Judge Shane McCauley’s comments on my Commended poem in the 2013 Glen Phillips Poetry Prize
Doppler Shift by Bronwyn Lovell has the authority of considered experience, and commands attention.
~ Judge Jennifer Compton’s comments on my Highly Commended poem in the 2013 MPU International Poetry Prize
Swamp: The Sum of Us
ZineWest: Western Sydney Grass
Adrien Abbott Prize: Astrophysics
Eureka Street: Flight of the Falling
Australian Poetry: My Cat Hates Poetry
Cordite Poetry Review: How to Love Bronwyn
Melbourne Poetry Map: The Ferry Stop (audio)
Mountain Seas Arts Residency: Chrysalis (video)
Montreal International Poetry Prize: Tsunami (audio)
Leaves Literary Journal: Instars, Wanderer and Pairing
SECS Environmental Poetry Competition: New Zealand
Writers Victoria website:
Transitioning: My Journey from Stage to Page and Back Again
Lip magazine poetry reviews:
Australian Love Poems 2013 (ed. Mark Tredinnick)
the Book of Ethel by Jordie Albiston
Magic Logic by David Mortimer
Too Afraid to Cry by Ali Cobby Eckermann
Heaven on Earth: 101 Happy Poems (ed. Wendy Cope)
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
Dear Future Me
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.
Chrysalis was first performed at the University of Melbourne in 2012 with support from the Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts.
Bronwyn’s manuscript of butterfly poetry was subsequently shortlisted for a 2013 Varuna Publisher Fellowship with Picaro Press, as well as the 2013 Doire Press International Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her butterfly poetry suite Life Lepidopteran was shortlisted for the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize.
For booking information for Chrysalis, or to order a handmade chapbook of Bronwyn’s suite of butterfly poems, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Charming poet Bronwyn Lovell spoke of losing her soul on Swanston Street and used what one audience member called ‘painstaking honesty’. What do we love about Lovell? We love the subtle urgency that flutters off her tongue and the way she stands up there and bares her soul.
~ Mia Wotherspoon, 2013
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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