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Best of Australian Poems 2023


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Celebrate the richness and diversity of poetry on this continent with the 2023 Best of Australian Poems anthology.

Watch the live-stream from 6:30pm, Thursday 22 Feb

About the Event

Join the Wheeler Centre and Australian Poetry for an evening of poetry and performance at the launch of the 2023 Best of Australian Poems anthology.

Contributors Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker, Jeanine Leane, Kate Lilley, Leah Muddle, Autumn Royal and Thabani Tshuma will share readings and performances from the much-anticipated collection and explore the nature of Australia’s poetry landscape over the year that was. Hosted by Australian Poetry’s Managing Editor Adalya Nash Hussein.

This event will be livestreamed and available to view on this page from 6.30pm on Thursday 22 February 2024.

Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker and Kate Lilley will appear virtually at this event. Unfortunately, Alex Creece is no longer able to appear at this event.


Presented in partnership with Australian Poetry via the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund.


Accessible toilets available

Assistive Listening

Auslan interpreting available by request

Companion tickets available

Registered Assistance Animals welcome

Wheelchair accessible

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About the Book

Best of Australian Poems 2023 will be available for sale at the event.


Portrait of Adalya Nash Hussein
Adalya Nash Hussein

Adalya Nash Hussein is a writer and editor. Her work has appeared in Voiceworks, The Lifted Brow, Ibis House, Meanjin, Overland and Going Down Swinging. She has been an Emerging Writers’, Festival Melbourne Recital Centre Writer in Residence, a Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellow, and shortlisted for t... Read more

Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker

Kathryn Gledhill-Tucker is a Nyungar technologist, writer, and digital rights activist living on Whadjuk Noongar boodjar. Their creative practice explores the intersection of activism, science-fiction, and technology in imagining radical futures and ushering them into existence.

Jeanine Leane

Jeanine Leane belongs to the Wiradjuri people from the Murrumbidgee River in south west NSW. She is a writer poet and teacher whose prose, essays and poetry have been published widely in Australia and abroad. She is the editor of Guwayu – for all times: A collection of First Nations Poetry and cur... Read more

Kate Lilley

Kate Lilley is a queer, feminist poet-scholar based in Sydney. Her most recent book of poems, Tilt, won the Victorian Premier’s Award. Her earlier books, Versary and Ladylike, were shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize. Versary won the Grace Leven Prize for the b... Read more

Leah Muddle

Leah Muddle is an artist, poet and retail worker. In 2023, she produced new work for Australian Poetry Journal, Sick Leave and a programme initiated by the Monash Museum of Modern Art in response to the exhibition ‘Renee So: Provenance’.

Autumn Royal

Autumn Royal creates drama, poetry and criticism on unceded Wurundjeri Woi-wurrung land. Autumn is an arts worker and the Interviews Editor at Cordite Poetry Review. Her poetry collections include She Woke and Rose, Liquidation and The Drama Student, which was shortlisted for the 2023 Queen... Read more

Thabani Tshuma

Thabani Tshuma is a multi-award-winning Zimbabwean writer and performance poet. His work can be found in publications such as Dichotomi magazine, Next in Colour, CUBBY ART, Cordite Poetry Review, and ABC ArtWorks’ SLAMMED segment. Thabani is a co-curator of Thin Red Lines and his debut collection,... Read more


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