Susan Hawthorne

Susan Hawthorne is a poet, novelist and political commentator. Her books include Cow (2011) Shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize in the NSW Literary Awards and a Finalist for the Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize (USA). Earth’s Breath (2009) was Shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize. Other poetry titles include Bird and other writings on epilepsy (1999), The Butterfly Effect (2005) and Lupa and Lamb (2014). Her fiction often crosses into poetry and include The Falling Woman (1992), a verse novella, Limen (2013) and Dark Matters (2017). Her non-fiction has been translated into German, Spanish, Arabic, French and Czech.

She is also a publisher and an Adjunct Professor at JCU, Townsville. Among a number of awards, in 2017 she received the Penguin Random House Inspire Award for her work increasing people’s awareness about epilepsy and the politics of disability. Of her latest book a reviewer had this to say: Dark Matters: A Novel is a transformative tour de force; lyrical as Sappho and revolutionary as Wittig in Les Guérillères. –Roberta Arnold, Sinister Wisdom (USA).


Lupa and Lamb  (2014)

Valence (chapbook, 2011)

Cow (poetry, 2011) Shortlisted 2012 Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards; 2012 Finalist Audre Lorde Lesbian Poetry Prize (USA) 

Earth’s Breath (2009) Shortlisted 2010 Judith Wright Poetry Prize

Unsettling the Land (chapbook with Suzanne Bellamy, 2008)

The Butterfly Effect (2005)

Bird (1999)

The Language in my Tongue (1993)


Dark Matters: A Novel (2017)

Limen (verse novella, 2013)

The Falling Woman (1992, reprinted 2003) Listed in 1992 Books of the Year, The Australian, Top Twenty Title 1992 Listener Women’s Book Festival, NZ


Bibliodiversity: A Manifesto for Independent Publishing (2014)

Wild Politics (2002) ABR Book of the Year, 2002

The Spinifex Quiz Book (1993) Shortlisted 1994 Australia Awards for Excellence in Educational Publishing

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Photo credit: Lariane Fonseca



Dynamic spoken word and performance poetry from Simon Kindt, Helen Ramoutsaki and a brace of seasonal local poets to close the festival with a celebration of language.
Claine Keily, Brenton Clutterbuck, Susan Hawthorne, Midaviau...

4.30 pm - 6.00 pm