Barbara Temperton

Barbara Temperton is a Western Australian writer. Her poems, short stories, reviews and articles have appeared in journals, newspapers and anthologies, and have been broadcast on radio. Her first collection of poetry The Snow Queen Takes Lunch in the Station Café appeared in Shorelines (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1995) with the poetry of Michael Heald and Roland Leach. Her second, Going Feral (FACP, 2002), won the 2002 WA Premier’s Book Award for Poetry. Fremantle Press published her latest collection, Southern Edge: three stories in verse, in 2009.

Notes from Narrogin and the Great Southern

I’ve led a spoiled existence over the past few decades when it comes to living in communities with thriving programs of literary activities and writers’ festivals: firstly Perth, then Albany and Geraldton. My move last year to Narrogin has found me in much quieter environs. I’m enjoying exploring my new neighbourhood. After decades living on the coast, the landscape of the wheatbelt is slowly working its way into my poems.

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