Tim Slade’s been writing poetry for a decade, his work has appeared in publications as diverse as The Weekend Australian, The Koori Mail, Australian Poetry Anthology, Growing Up Disabled In Australia and Cordite Poetry Review. Originally from Hobart, he settled in the tiny Tasmanian town of Pioneer a decade ago where he’s drawn inspiration for much of his poetry.
Tim’s poetry collection The Walnut Tree, was published in April 2021 by Daniela Brozek Cordier’s imprint Bright South Publishing, and launched by Pete Hay at Petrarch’s Bookshop, Launceston.
Tim Slade at the launch of The Walnut Tree
Coincidentally, both Slade and Hay—in their most recent collections—praised the work of a Scottish poet who lived out his life on a far flung island on the opposite side of the globe, Orcadian George Mackay Brown. Honouring Brown, Tim mailed a copy of his book to the local library in Stromness, Orkney Islands, where the book is now available to borrow. ‘On the harbour in Stromness, the view from this library is perhaps the most picturesque in the world,’ Tim writes.
Tim recently produced a Youtube video of ‘Thylacine’, one of the poems featured in his collection. As well, Warwick Hadfield read the poem on RN’s Breakfast programme in July this year. ‘Thylacine’ was previously published in Communion 15.