bronwyn rodden - writing and art

Some lovely news, four of my poems have been selected for a new international anthology of contemporary Surrealist poetry. Some words from the Editor:

"There was a truly remarkable response to the call for submissions for the new anthology of contemporary surrealist and magical realist poetry I have the privilege of editing. I received more than 1,000 poems from more than 200 poets from 26 countries. They include work from most of the world's principal practitioners of these two vigorous poetic forms, poets who push the boundaries of language and who explore the world imaginatively, engaging perspectives not circumscribed by the usual (stale) confessional voice that continues to occupy so much space in contemporary verse.

At this point, I plan to include your "in English air," "Addict," A singular plane, a moment," and "The Moon, That Glistering Tear". They are splendid poems and I'm so grateful that you have taken the time to send them along."

Jonas Zdanys, Emeritus Professor, Lamar University USA

Excited to hear that I have won this year's Waverley Woollahra 9x5 Landscape Prize. A lovely competition linked to the Australian Impressionist exhibition of the 1880's.

Thank you to the organizers in this difficult year of Covid.

Artist Biography:

Winner of the 2021 Waverley Woollahra 9x5 Landscape Prize and the 2018 Works on Paper prize in the MAP, Nexus Gallery, Bellingen, Bronwyn Rodden grew up in Sydney but has also lived in regional NSW and travelled widely. Her work was Highly Commended at the Pyrmont Art Prize and GOYA, and she was a finalist in the Moreton Bay Art Prize, the Earth Prize, and the Flannery Art Prize. She has exhibited in group shows in various venues in Sydney, and has held solo exhibitions in Sydney and Bellingen. With a deep interest in landscape and the environment, she moved from Sydney to the Mid North Coast in 2010 to further develop her artistic practice and now works in handmade inks influenced by Chinese painting techniques, working towards a more sustainable art practice while celebrating the natural world. She has also completed commissions for the Solitary Islands Marine Park Authority and the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum.

Post from 27 April: Today is my mother's birthday, although she passed away 40 years ago. She inspired my art but also my beliefs. When she discovered a book of Aboriginal stories, she made me take it to school and my teacher read some out to us. She also painted this work based on one of the stories. It would not be appropriate now, but in the 1960's, hers was a voice championing Aboriginal culture, and her work was hung in The Blake Art Competition.


Winner of the Patricia Hackett Prize for short fiction, Finalist in the General Fiction category, Eric Hoffer Award (USA) and shortlisted for the Carmel Bird Short Fiction award, Bronwyn Rodden has published several novels and collections of short fiction.

Orphan Rock, the second in my Blue Mountains mysteries, has recently been launched. The story of how I started this series is available here:

Listen to the story of my creation of the Blue Mountains Ros Gordon Series here: Blue Mountains Ros Gordon story

The Moon and the Sea

Recommended in the US Review of Books: "This genre-bending tale of pirates, treasure hunters, and adventure seekers spans generations and time periods, offering up a bounty of thrills along the way. "

Available on Amazon

A story of Australian sisters in Ireland

Shortlisted for the Carmel Bird Award

Tales for Dark Nights

Recommended, US Review of Books:

'A Writers Writer'

'A genre-bending tale of pirates, treasure hunters, and adventure seekers spans generations and time periods, offering up a bounty of thrills along the way.' US Review of Books

Book 1 in the Ros Gordon Mysteries Series, selected for Hachette Manuscript Retreat 2012

Book 2 in the Ros Gordon Mysteries Series