Julie Beveridge: Image courtesy of the artist
"Julie Beveridge is an emerging poet who lives in Brisbane (although she’s been saying that for years now – emerge already!). She is the Program and Services Manager for Queensland Writers Centre and was the Director of Queensland Poetry Festival: spoken in one strange word in 2009 and 2010. Her first collection of poetry Rock’n’Roll Tuxedo was released in 2005. Julie is an active member Brisbane’s poetry community and is passionate about the innovation in promotion and distribution of new poetry and is always looking for a new way to deliver poetry audiences.
Julie has featured at the Queensland Poetry Festival; Byron Bay Writers Festival; Tasmanian Poetry Festival and the Sydney Writers Festival as well as reading at various arts events throughout Queensland, Victoria and Canada. Her work has appeared in Stylus Poetry Journal; Retort Magazine; Bottle Rockets (USA); Kokako (NZ); Page Seventeen;Contemporary Haibun Online; Cordite; Famous Reporter; Ripples Magazine; Idiom23 and Small Packages.
Her last collection, Home is where the Heartache is was released through Small Change Press in 2008 and was her first collection of haibun.
Julie is expecting her first child in November this year."
van diemens land
each sharp extension
for my fingers to rest in
or slip out of
whether I’m climbing or falling
nothing is patient as these cliffs
to tomfoolery & suicide
rocks call to me at night
knowing I’ve always wanted to
fling myself off something
into something else
heart shaped & irregular
hangs onto my memories
chained up dogs that don’t get fed
who long to slideover the brink
Catch Julie at the Queensland Poetry Festival: Saturday/ Shopfront Space/ 10:30 am
Sunday/ Shopfront Space/ 2:30pm