ABOUT THE POET

 
Tim Slade is a poet from lutruwita / Tasmania.  His debut collection of poems, The Walnut Tree, was longlisted for the Tim Thorne Prize for Poetry, as part of the 2022 Tasmanian Literary Awards.

From this collection, Teacup of the Rose was shortlisted for the Margaret Reid International Poetry Prize.  Tim's poems have been published and broadcast widely, including for the ABC's Radio National, The Weekend Australian, The Koori Mail, Cordite Poetry Review and Australian Poetry Anthology.

In 2021 Tim was a finalist in the Tasmanian Disability Awards ~ for Volunteer of the Year, Excellence in Advocacy, and Excellence in the Arts, 

 
He has contributed twenty-eight articles for Tasmanian Times (online) in the years 2012 – 2023. Tim investigated and documented the recurring health risks from heavy metals in the drinking water at Pioneer.  He has volunteered as an advocate for the community, and he has worked to reform the policies and practices affecting drinking water in Tasmania.   (Tim Slade - Tasmanian Times)

Born in 1976, Tim was raised in the industrial suburb of Lutana, Hobart. He graduated from UTAS as a school teacher, but his career was curtailed early by chronic auto-immune illnesses.

In 2009 Tim moved to the tiny town of Pioneer, near the Blue Tier in Tasmania’s north-east.  From his tin-miner’s cottage, over the span of one decade Tim wrote the poems for The Walnut Tree

Poetry News

 

December 2, 2023...  'A Tasmanian Surfer', by Tim Slade, published by Forty South

September 29, 2023...   Tasmanian Poetry Festival 2023 Programme – Tasmanian Poetry Festival (taspoetryfest.org), 6-8 October.


April 27, 2023...   My new essay...  George Mackay Brown – In the Hands of a Loving Poet: An essay by Tim Slade – Rochford Street Review

March, 2023...  Thank you to Toby Wools Cobb of Quixotic Books for commending my poetry in Tasmania Reads (Libraries Tasmania).

February 5, 2023...  Poetry in Scottsdale ~ Anne Collins and Tim Slade | Facebook, February 25, 2pm, at Scottsdale Art Gallery Cafe.

October 17, 2022...  The Walnut Tree has been longlisted for the Tim Thorne Prize For Poetry, as part of the 2022 Tasmanian Literary Awards.  https://www.arts.tas.gov.au/.../Tim_Thorne_Prize_for_Poetry

September 2, 2022...  Poetry Archive have downloaded to YouTube the video of my poem, 'Thylacine'.  I read this poem in Tasmania's north-east,
the myrtle forest of the Blue Tier.  Here is the link:  Thylacine by Tim Slade - YouTube

July 15, 2022...  'Thylacine' was broadcast on ABC Radio National this morning!  Thanks to Patricia Karvelas for including poetry in her program.  Here is the audio link:  Friday poetry with Warwick Hadfield - ABC Radio National

May, 2022...  The Walnut Tree has arrived to the Orkney Islands, Scotland!  In Stromness, home of the late poet George Mackay Brown, The Walnut Tree is now available to borrow at the local library.  On the harbour in Stromness, the view from this library is perhaps the most picturesque in the world.   The George Mackay Brown Trail | Orkney.com 

April, 2022...  It was a lovely surprise this week to see my book of poems displayed at the entrance to Petrarch's Bookshop in Launceston.  The Walnut Tree is shelved beside Tongerlongeter, by Henry Reynolds.  Thank you, Petrarch's!

December 2, 2021...  The Walnut Tree.  Mayoral Reception - Celebrating Tasmanian Writers in 2021 - City of Hobart, Tasmania.

December 3, 2021...  Tasmanian Disability Festival Awards.  I am a finalist in three categories:  Excellence in the Arts, Volunteer of the Year, and Excellence in Advocacy.   

May 26, 2021... Pioneer Poet is published (northeasternadvertiser.com)

May, 2021... Announcing – Tim Slade’s ‘The Walnut Tree’ – Bright South 

A poetry reading with Anne Collins, at Scottsdale Art Gallery Cafe, Tasmania, February 25, 2023.

The Walnut Tree has arrived to the Orkney Islands, Scotland!


Hi Tim,

 

Your lovely book of poetry is now available to borrow at Stromness Library.

 

And just look at that view...

 

Come and see us soon, we have a new George Mackay Brown trail you can do too!

 

Thanks,

Keely.

2022

April, 2022...  It was a lovely surprise this week to see my book of poems displayed at the entrance to Petrarch's Bookshop in Launceston.  The Walnut Tree is shelved beside Tongerlongeter, by Henry Reynolds.  Thank you, Petrarch's!

This beautiful walnut tree is at the heart of my childhood, reaching into the backyard of my late grandparents, Margaret and Mick.  The first poem in my collection is called The Walnut Tree.  (Photo, L-R: my grandfather, Mick, with his good friend, George.)

The first day I held my book...

Poet author, Tim Slade; publisher /editor, Daniela Brozek Cordier; cover artist, Robert McDonald.

At Le Cafe, Launceston.

Esther Ottaway, Intimate, Low-Voiced, Delicate Things
&
Tim Slade, The Walnut Tree


At Petrarch's Bookshop, Launceston, May 27, 2021.

Pete Hay


launches The Walnut Tree...
 

'To describe Tim as a poetic formalist is to do him an injustice.  He defies poetic pigeon-holing.  Much of his work is gloriously inventive, breaking free of all literary parameters.  Some of it is cut down and precise.  Some of it is expansive and intricate. There's a new world on every page, a surprise and delight on every page.  He is emotionally challenging, often humorous, sometimes delighted, sometimes sad but never maudlin, never piteous.  He looks out from his tin miners' cottage in Pioneer, and he sees a world of wonder ~ and he writes it.' 

My dream came true.

At the invitation from the Lord Mayor of Hobart, Anna Reynolds, I ran through the storm towards Town Hall to attend a celebration for Tasmanian writers.   Standing beside me is my wonderful publisher and editor, Daniela Brozek, principal at Bright South.  

It was a great honour to be inside Town Hall with some of Tasmania's best writers, those who have won an award for their writing in 2021.  It was a lightning thrill to be in the room with Mr Richard Flanagan... 

This event was held at Hobart Town Hall on December 2, 2021.

For more photos, and the list of writers, please follow this link:

https://www.hobartcity.com.au/.../Mayoral-Reception... 


I wrote The Walnut Tree from my home in Pioneer.  Built in 1901, originally a tin-miner's cottage.

Commendations for The Walnut Tree


DAVID MASON, a former poet laureate of Colorado, author of Pacific Light, Sea Salt, The Sound, and a verse-novel, Ludlow:


'Real poetry involves not only a love of words, but also a vulnerability to life, an ability to feel its power. Tim Slade is a real poet who honours his island home with the sensitivity and sense of his attention. And he honours poetry by the acuteness of his reading, the depth of his vocation. The Walnut Tree is a fine debut, appealing to lovers of Tasmania, and to anyone interested in Australian poetry.'


 ROBERT ADAMSON ~ poet author of Reaching Light ~ Selected Poems.

'It's a terrific book!'


PETE HAY, poet author of Physick, Silently on the Tide, Last Days of the Mill and Forgotten Corners.   In the book I Shed My Skin ~ A Furneaux Islands Story, he contributed poems as part-collaborator with the author, Jane Giblin.

'To describe Tim as a poetic formalist is to do him an injustice.  He defies poetic pigeon-holing.  Much of his work is gloriously inventive, breaking free of all literary parameters.  Some of it is cut down and precise.  Some of it is expansive and intricate. There's a new world on every page, a surprise and delight on every page.  He is emotionally challenging, often humorous, sometimes delighted, sometimes sad but never maudlin, never piteous.  He looks out from his tin miners' cottage in Pioneer, and he sees a world of wonder ~ and he writes it.'


ESTHER OTTAWAY, poet author of Blood Universe, She Doesn't Seem Autistic, and Intimate, Low-Voiced, Delicate Things:  


'Tim Slade’s poems are finely honed in subtlety, rich in implications.  They are funny, and sad, and smart, and most of all, loving. These are poems of presence and of absence, of delight in people and places, of linguistic pleasure, by turns luminous and pragmatic. Often they come in portraits, sometimes strikingly spare with pristine enjambment; at other times they command form, tone, and sound-music, transcending these with delicate emotion. Tim’s is a true and strong voice in Australian poetry.'
 

JIM EVERETT-PURALIA MEENAMATTA, poet, playwright, film-maker, community elder:  


'
Reading through Tim Slade’s poetry,  one finds a poet’s philosophy that like all philosophy brings even more questions. Tim has his poet’s ‘refuge’ in Pioneer, a small town in north-east Tasmania with a history of Aborigines, Chinese miners, and colonial development. He lives a life of the humble poet in a miner’s hut, with a wealth of local poetry sources, and understanding of a world that many never know. To me, Tim finds the inner-side of a place, person or event, he understands the natural world, what I call the All-life, and he has a unique way of presenting it in poems. His collection has a touch of reality for everyone, an inkling into how he, as a poet, sees the world around him. Enjoy the reading, lose yourself in Tim Slade’s poems, find his poet’s philosophy, I commend this art to all.'
 

KAREN KNIGHT, poet author of Postcards from the Asylum and Renovating Madness:  


'Tim Slade’s poetry has a refined and personal approach. The poems resonate both in thought and expression with a sustaining strength of quality, rewarding in their poetics.

In his tin-miner’s cottage, Tim writes believable and colourful poems relating to the beauty around him – family, friends, penny-farthings, postmen, tiger snakes, the last thylacine, wombats, the moon and Aussie icons – Clive James, the game of cricket, a Torana, gum leaf players and the Hills Hoist.

Tim has the ability to convey original insights in a sincere and refreshing way allowing the reader to explore some of what the poems may mean besides physical words on the page.

This poet has a certain shimmer to his writing and deserves to be read.'



GINA MERCER, poet author of Weaving Nests with Smoke and Stone:


'Tim Slade lives and writes in a remote part of Tasmania. And it shows in his work.  Isolation has allowed him to develop a highly distinctive and intriguing voice.  At times as elusive as the mist on a distant mountain range. I found I wanted to re-read each work, to immerse myself in that shimmer (as Karen Knight describes it), dwell a little longer with the intensity of this inner landscape.  Bright South have done us all a service in bringing this original and complex voice out of the shadows. And as a physical object it is a beautiful book to hold.'


SOMA MEI SHENG FRAZIER, Judge of the 2018 Margaret Reid International Poetry Prize:

About Tim Slade's Teacup of the Rose...  ''It's not every day that a poem of rhymed couplets, infused with traditional imagery and symbolism, intoxicates the modern reader. But the delicate heirloom Teacup of the Rose serves up aroma and alchemy; triggers recognition, memory, connection. Here is a rich blend of new flavors and old knowledge—steeped in grief, sweetened with tenderness.' 


Poetic Influences


George Mackay Brown, Sarah Day, Clive James, David Malouf, Les Murray, Richard Flanagan, Helen Garner, Karen Knight, Jim Everett - puralia meenamatta, Seamus Heaney, Esther Ottaway, Andy Jackson, Tim Thorne, Tim Rogers, Molly Guy, Tim Winton, Edward Lear, W.H. Auden. Margaret Scott, Dolores O'Riordan, David Mason...