Prose poem #1 – from 1987

In 1987 I was invited by poet Tim Thorne to attend the Tasmanian Poetry festival in Launceston in 1987.  Looking back on it now, I was just a bit lucky, after only three years’ serious involvement in Oz Poetry, to be put on the programme alongside such luminaries as the late Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Porter, […]

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My historic #MeToo Collection

The previously published work has been lifted from other collections and compiled here as a full manuscript, in a permanent ‘Page’ rather than a Blog post. This year, 2019, the poem ‘safe’ will appear in the Australian Picador anthology ‘#MeToo’, so it seemed an opportune time to collect these poems. Click HERE to access it. […]

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Published Fiction #7: ‘Onion Soup’

’Onion Soup’ won first prize in the short story section of the Fellowship of Australian Writers (Far North Coast, NSW, Branch) Annual Literary Awards in 1995. It was published in an anthology of winning and shortlisted entries, ‘A Fellowship of Words’. copyright, Liz Hall-Downs, 1995, 2018

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The ‘Fit of Passon’ Archive: the performance poems #10

Liz Hall-Downs onstage in full feminist flight. These take-no-prisoners little poems were at the heart of the ‘women’ part of ‘Fit of Passion’ show and gave Kim some stuff to bounce off.  Recorded at ‘No Boundaries’, West End, Brisbane, circa 1996. ‘Lessons My Father Taught Me’ – my Dad, his drinking and gambling, and, regardless, […]

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The ‘Fit of Passion’ Archive: the performance poems #4

Two more pieces from the ‘Fit of Passion’ show. My ‘Bitchpoem’ always made an impression. I performed it regularly between the time of writing (around 1986) and throughout the 1990s. Oddly enough, I found both men AND women responded well to it. Over the years it’s been published in my own books, and in literary and […]

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