Shale Preston

Shale Preston is an Honorary Research Fellow in the English Department at Macquarie University. Her key research interests are Victorian Literature (specifically the works of Charles Dickens) and 19th, 20th and 21st century poetry. She is a former winner of Sydney University’s Henry Lawson Prize for Poetry, Women’s Words Competition, and the University of Sydney Union Literature Competition. Her publications include Dickens and the Despised Mother: A Critical Reading of Three Autobiographical Novels (2013) and the co-edited Queer Victorian Families: Curious Relations in Literature (2015) which examines a diverse range of fiction and poetry in the 19th century.

Shale Preston Reviews Christine Townend

Christine Townend’s debut poetry collection is powerful, important and timely. Indeed, owing to its sustained and compassionate focus on animals, it could well come to be viewed as a watershed in terms of Australian poetry. Townend, founder of Animal Liberation Australia and a number of shelters for street dogs in India, is a woman who has been on the front line in terms of animal rights activism, and has performed some extremely valuable work therein.

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Review Short: Collected Poems: Lesbia Harford, edited by Oliver Dennis

In the foreword of this long overdue volume, Les Murray writes that he considers Lesbia Harford to be ‘one of the two finest female poets so far seen in Australia; the other has to be Judith Wright’ (xviii). This is an extravagant contention, but it is not without foundation.

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