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Gillian Swain

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Gillian’s first poetry collection is “My Skin its own Sky” (Flying Islands Press 2019) following the chapbook “Sang Up” (Picaro Press, 2001). She is published in various anthologies including Poetry for the Planet: An Anthology of Imagined Futures (2021, Littoria Press), What we Carry: Poetry on Childbearing (2021, Recent Works Press), A Slow Combusting Hymn (ASM & Cerberus Press, 2014), and others. Her work appears in journals such as The Australian Poetry Collaboration (2019), Burrow (Old Water Rat Publishing, v1,2,3), and Live Encounters magazine: Special Australia-New Zealand edition (May 2021) and again in the Live Encounters Magazine 12th Anniversary edition, Vol 2’ and other Live Encounters editions. Gillian won the Maclean’s Booksellers Award in the Hunter Writer’s Centre Grieve Project (2019). She was the Poetry Curator and Co-Director of the Indie Writers Festival ‘IF Maitland’ from 2020 to 2022 and is involved in running various poetry events including Newcastle Poetry at the Pub. Gillian spent her childhood exploring the waterfront of Lake Macquarie and now lives in East Maitland NSW with her husband, their four children and two dogs, where they run their successful coffee roasting business River Roast. 

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