QWC interviews award-winning poet Shastra Deo: Can you tell us a little about your process of developing your Thomas Shapcott Award-winning collection, The Agonist? I wrote the majority of The Agonist as part of my honours thesis, so it was heavily informed by my central research question: ‘what happens to the self when the body…

‘We are the children of our landscape,’ wrote Lawrence Durrell in The Alexandria Quartet. ‘[It] dictates behaviour and even thought in the measure to which we are responsive to it.’ I think often about four kinds of landscape: the physical, the natural, the dream, the psychic. All dictate my behaviour and thought, but my responsiveness…

Writers are invited to submit poems in bush poetry style on any topic to do with aspects of life in Australia, not just in the bush but in towns and cities as well. Another topic that has become popular in recent years is war poetry relating to Australians.  There is no limit to the length…

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