‘The morning after’

I was delighted to be awarded Second Place and Best Poem in this year’s ZineWest 16 competition for my poem, ‘The morning after’. This competition is run by NEW Writers’ Group Inc who produce an anthology of prose, poetry and art each year for artists from Western Sydney.

The ‘Zine also features very exciting writing and art from young artists in Western Sydney. I look forward to reading more from these writers in the future.


Saffron and Silk launched

A very successful launch last night with a large gathering at Blacktown.

Hon Bob Carr, former Premier of NSW and former federal Foreign Minister, launched the book that was published by David Lovell of David Lovell Publishing.

Copies can be purchased by following instructions on the BUY page.


With publisher David Lovell, Hon Bob Carr and author Christopher Kremmer



Launch of Saffron and Silk

I am delighted to announce the launch of my memoir, Saffron and Silk by Hon Bob Carr, former Australian Foreign Minister and former Premier of NSW. Published by David Lovell Publishing.

s&s cvrs1Jul16 frontcopy copy

Nirimba Room, Level 5,
Blacktown City Council
Campbell St, Blacktown

Friday, 16 September 2016
5:30 PM to 7:30 PM (AEST)

Entry to the Nirimba Room is through the Campbell St entrance to Council building. Parking is available through the boom gates off Campbell Street. Please proceed to the Caretaker/Security office directly ahead of the boom gates on Campbell St for secure entry to Level 5 via lifts.

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‘But he’s a stranger,’  my mother lamented when I announced my intention to marry. I suspect that this might be the cry of every mother when her daughter announces her intentions to marry anyone but the boy-next-door.

In this case, Mum had a point. Neither she nor Dad had met the man in question. In fact, he had never set foot in Australia.

Three months later, I stood with my new husband in the light of early evening beneath an arch in the gardens of the hotel Ashoka in the South Indian city of Chennai…

This book reads like smooth silk. It gives a vivid account of the conditions of Tamil villagers, the status of rural women and the hurdles in the development process. It is a well-crafted book written straight from the heart of a person who loves India and has been an inalienable part of India. It should be read by Indians and non-Indians alike.            Professor T. Krishnan Nair Chennai


Recently published

This collection of tanka, written in collaboration with eight international poets, was a joy to create. In launching Gemstones, Beverley George began, “From the moment we pick it up, this book invites us to explore…”

The cover photograph by contributing Canadian poet, Luminita Suse, was designed by Owen Smith, and produced by Skylark Publishing. Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000039_00058]

Gemstones is available through Amazon at https://www.amazon.com/dp/1530574889/ref=rdr_ext_tmb, or

Createspace at https://www.createspace.com/6140640