Cry of the Curlew

Cry of the Curlew is a poetry collection anchored in and around Pinchgut Creek on Wiradjuri country. Allis Hamilton fetched poems from the wings of birds, wrestled words from the mouth of the wind, notated the movement of grasses into verse that will lead you to the hills of her home.


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Storm Music Chapbook

'Storm Music' is a chapbook handmade by Allis Hamilton, featuring a selection of some of her previously published poems. The collection is 16 pages and is a signed, limited edition run of 50 books. The book is printed on recycled paper (except the transparency page) and is bound on a foot-pedal machine. It is created in an off-grid shack in the Australian bush. 'Storm Music' includes drawings by Allis.

Praise for 'Storm Music':

'What a beautiful thing ‘Storm Music’ is! [Hamilton] has a passion for landscape, the kindest sympathy with animals – yet some of [her] best, irresistibly vivid poems are about people.'
– ALISON BRACKNBURY, award-winning poet and broadcaster and author of Skies,(Carcanet) author of 'Skies', chosen by 'The Observer' as one of its 'Poetry Books of the Year'.

"I've received your book, which is a truly beautiful book in every way - the artwork, the paper, the stitching. And of course the poems, all of which speak to me quietly but strongly. I love 'Storm Music', and 'Proprioception' is I think a superb poem. I think all books of poetry should be like this."
– ROSS GILLETT, author of Wundawax and other poems - with Mark Time Books and a new one coming out this year through Puncher and Wattman.

Storm Music book

ETSY Store

So you will see that i have added an Etsy store to my website.

I have my chapbook, STORM MUSIC, available for sale at the moment, and in time hope to add prints of my artworks and after June you will be able to purchase my new poetry collection on there.


My poem, BREATH, now lives in the excellent Overland Literary Journal.
 Thank you to the editors, Toby Fitch, and Jacinda Woodhead, for selecting it.

 Artwork © B rent Stegeman

Artwork © Brent Stegeman



Flightpath now available

Flightpath, the anthology, which includes my poem 'Lost Albert Ross', edited by Virginia Jealous, created by Hallowell Press, WA has arrived.

You can get your copy here:

 Pelican not included

Pelican not included

Flightpath Book Launch

At 5pm, Friday 13th October, 'Flightpath' – an anthology about Migrating Birds, will be launchedat The Arts House, 2A Strickland Street, Denmark. My poem, dedicated to Robert Macfarlane, 'Lost Albert Ross' is included in this collection.


Books Plus Poet

At Books Plus

16 Hargraves St. Castlemaine

Friday 1st Sepetmeber, 6pm -7.30pm

I shall be reading some poetry and perhaps singing a song or two.

This event was conceived by the excellent Ross Donlon.



'A Spell of Poetry' at Daylesford's Words in Winter Festival

On Saturday 5th August I read some poems, and sang some songs, and told some stories at this event as a part of Daylesford's Words in Winter event.

"Fresh from reading her poetry in London, Allis Hamilton will perform and read her poems, some perhaps with music. Allis is a host of Castlemaine's poetry readings: PoetiCas. Here is a chance to hear her perform her own work.
She is an internationally published writer of words that create a sense of wonder, myth and magic. At times funny, at times thought provoking."
 Sunday 6th Augusr 1.30 -2.30 Show with morning tea
Story House and Garden
52 Millar Street. Daylesford
Ph 0408 550 945
Cost: $20

Noted Festival schedule

Here is a link to where you might find me during the Noted Festival in Canberra.


You might well also find me here, at the 'Bridging the Distances' oral histories swap meet.
Here is the link:

Noted Festival

I am excited to say that I will be a guest writer at Noted Festival in Canberra 3-7th May 2017
You can check out the artist line-up here:

PoetiCas: Robyn Rowland & E.A. Gleeson

Dear Poetry Lovers!
We are ready to begin a new year of versifying here in Castlemaine.

2017 will follow our usual format with readings on the fourth Saturday afternoon of every month, at The Food Garden.

February feature readers are
Robyn Rowland and E. A. Gleeson

plus an open section, of 3min per reader

Saturday 25th February
down the lane at
14 Mostyn St. Castlemaine
1.30pm for a 2 o'clock start

Robyn Rowland is an Irish-Australian citizen, annually visiting Ireland for thirty-three years, now living half-time in Connemara. She regularly visits and works in Turkey. She has written twelve books, nine of poetry. Robyn’s poetry appears in national and international journals and in over forty anthologies, including seven editions of Best Australian Poems. She has read in many countries including, Bosnia, Serbia, Austria, Turkey, Canada, India, and Portugal.

Her latest two books in 2015 are Line of Drift from Doire Press, Ireland, supported by the Irish Arts Council, and her bi-lingual This Intimate War Gallipoli/Çanakkale 1915 – İçli Dışlı Bir Savaş: Gelibolu/Çanakkale 1915 published by Five Islands Press in Australia and by Bilge Kultur Sanat in Turkey, sponsored by the Municipality of Çanakkale. That book was given by the Australian Embassy to 30 Heads of State when Robyn and her translator Mehmet Ali Celikel read at the VIP breakfast on Gallipoli on the centenary 2015, where Robyn met Prince Harry and the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, himself a poet. She was recently filmed reading for the National Poetry Archives, James Joyce Library UCD Ireland.

E. A. Gleeson is mad about words: their power, beauty and fun. She has published two collections of poetry, various essays and created dozens of funeral ceremonies. She holds a Doctorate in Education and has lectured at both Ballarat universities in Education and Creative and Professional Writing. She now lives and works in the Western District of Victoria as a Writer, Funeral Celebrant, Public Speaker and owner of Macqueen’s Funerals. The content and style of her poetry is as diverse as her multiplicity of day-jobs, interests and places she has called home.

'Storm Music' in Skylight 47

This Thursday 15 September at Clifton Library, County Galway, Robyn Rowland shall launch Skylight 47 latest issue of their magazine. And delightfully, one of my poems, featuring donkeys and wrens, is in the magazine.

About Skylight 47, (taken from the festival website) : "The first issue of Skylight 47 was published in January 2013 to celebrate ten years of Galway’s Over The Edge poetry readings in the City Library. It was only supposed to be a single issue, but founding editors Kevin O’Shea, Susan Lindsay and Nicki Griffin were so taken with what they had produced, they decided to carry on.

Their editors have changed: Bernie Crawford, Nicki Griffin, Marie Cadden and Ruth Quinlan are now at the helm of the publication. They are still associated with Over The Edge, which provides them with tremendous support.

Their newspaper format allows us room to spread our wings, and gives the work of our contributors space to breath. "