Photos from a Past Journey

As I mentioned back in December, one of the projects I’m working on this year is to re-publish a chapbook of poems I wrote back in 1993 about my first journey to Europe, a family journey as exciting and as fulfilling as I had always hoped.

The original chapbook was ‘published’ (read typed and photocopied) in a limited edition of twelve. It was mainly poems written on, or just after that trip, and some selected diary entries. It was printed originally in A4, twenty-two pages, individually numbered, two-sided photocopies, spiral bound with a postcard from the journey pasted on the opening page of each copy and given to friends.

The project this year has been to digitise that chapbook, trying to keep as much of the spirit of the original as possible, but making it more available in ebook and paperback format. I’m hoping to have that online by the end of April when I plan to return to Europe, not for the first time since then, but with that journey firmly in mind.

Meanwhile, here’s some of the photographs I took on the trip, some of which I’ll include in the new edition. There’s nothing spectacular about them, or distinctive. But they do, I think, have a certain feel of the ‘time’, obvious places, obvious holiday ‘snaps’ taken on film on my Minolta 303 (pictured below) that I lugged around with me all the way, along with a pasta maker for much of the journey! But that’s another story.

The mini-collection, Us, Falling for It, should be out next month.

The original cover, 1993
The light in Greece
Pont de Gard
Eiffel Tower
Tourists at the Parthenon
The British seaside at Hastings
Trusty Minolta SRT303

Looking for Melbourne Poems

Only four days to get something together but I saw yesterday that a publisher of a forthcoming coffee table book on Melbourne is looking for poems about aspects of Melbourne. Sadly, after having lived close to Melbourne now for the last three years, the best I might offer is some things about the Yarra. I’ve liked living close to a big river for the first time. I’ve written a few things, and taken a few photos like my favourite so far (above) which has something of the urbanisation and something of the wildness still of this place.

Details of the Poetica Christi Press idea are below:

Melbourne Poems

Call for submissions : Closing date : March 31st

Poetica Christi Press is seeking submissions of poems on the theme of Melbourne for its forthcoming coffee-table book of Poetry and Artwork.

In particular we would like poems on any of the following –

St Paul’s Cathedral, Degraves St, the Art Gallery, Bourke St Mall, Federation Square, Exhibition Building, Parliament House, The Yarra, Trams, Gardens (Botanic, Alexandra, Fitzroy), the Shrine, Flinders St, Spencer St, Arts Centre Spire, Southbank, MCG, Melbourne University, the old theatres (Princess, Her Majesty’s) Victoria Market, Williamstown, Port of Melbourne, arcades and laneways, State Library, floral clock, bookshops, the Zoo (inc. the butterfly house) al fresco eating, Lygon Street, our closeness to the river, the mix of old and new, the ANZ bank (Cnr Collins and Queen Sts.) birds and wildlife, Flemington, views from tall buildings, the colours of winter, West Gate Bridge, Seasons , the different feel of the east, north, west and south of Melbourne, Multiculturalism.
Please send your poems by email to or by mail to PCP, 493 Elgar Rd, Mont Albert Nth, 3129. Ph: 9890 5885

Limit of three poems, up to 80 lines each, per person.

Outline of Melbourne Reflections book:

Like many Melbournians, we have enjoyed a long love affair with this beautiful city. We have dreamed of it being a city where the presence of the spiritual can be felt and experienced. We want this book to be our salute and tribute to the greatness of Melbourne.

Reflections in glass buildings were the original inspiration for this project. Out of this emerged the idea of combining photography and art with reflective poetry that draws on the heart and life of the city of Melbourne.

Sorrowing that land for the city was bought for a pittance, Poetica Christi Press wants to honour the memory of the Wurundjeri people who lived here prior to white settlement. Acknowledging those who are disadvantaged or who struggle with disability, this book will include work about homelessness, mental illness, the underprivileged and those without a voice.

Our book will bring together poetry, artwork and photography to showcase and reflect Melbourne through its people, buildings, street-scapes, through its great annual events, its sporting and cultural interests, and through its multiculturalism.

It is timely for Melbourne to be celebrated, acknowledged and admired. Melbourne is vibrant, enthusiastic and ever changing. It is also a city where artists and writers are inspired and appreciated. No wonder Melbourne is applying to be the second city of Literature in the World! We are pleased that both prominent and emerging poets and artists have contributed to this book.

ith such a range of voices and media, even those who lived all their life in Melbourne will, on reading this book, discover something new about their city. The aim of Melbourne Reflections is to create new perspectives allowing the reader to see this city with new eyes. And so, visitors will fall in love with Melbourne, and Melburnians will find new ways of engaging with it and inspire many to contribute their energies and passions to this great city, in ways that respect and nurture the diversity of our origins and dreams.