Mark Tredinnick  is a celebrated poet, nature writer and essayist. He lives and writes along the Wingecarribee River, southwest of Sydney, and travels widely as a poet and teacher. The winner in 2011 of the Montreal Poetry Prize and in 2012 of the Cardiff Poetry Prize, Mark is the author of Bluewren Cantos (Pitt Street Poetry, 2013), Fire Diary, The Blue Plateau, Australia’s Wild Weather, The Lyrebird, The Little Red Writing Book, and seven other acclaimed works of poetry and prose. He edited Australian Love Poems for Inkerman & Blunt in 2013. Mark’s honours include two premier’s literary awards, the Blake and the Newcastle Poetry Prizes, the Calibre Essay Prize, and a shortlisting for the Prime Minister’s Literary Prize. Mark’s third poetry collection, Break & Enter, will be out in 2014 from Pitt Street Poetry; he is at work on a fourth collection of poems and a memoir, Reading Slowly at the End of Time.

One of our great poets of place—not just of geographic place, but of the spiritual and moral landscapes as well … a Whitmanesque Emily Dickinson.
—Judy Beveridge
He makes the landscape…flame and sing.
—Sinéad Morrissey
Tredinnick has a tenderly erotic way of taking things. Every poem is a love poem.
—Philip Gross

His website is


Bluewren 1

Bluewren 2

Bluewren 3




Walking underwater


The Kingfisher


Catch fire


Emily 1

Emily 2



Lyre lyre


Fire Diary


Margaret river

Margaret river 2


On hammial hill


Notes on the poems:

The Lyrebird (The Lyrebird, Picaro, 2011)
Lyre, Lyre (The Lyrebird)
Walking Underwater (Winner of the Montreal International Poetry Prize, 2011; published many places, including the Global Anthology of the Montreal Prize for that year; I’ll put it in Break & Enter, Pitt Street Poetry, 2014)
Catching Fire (published in Meanjin 2012 and elsewhere; in Bluewren Cantos, PSP, 2013)
The Kingfisher (shortlisted for the Montreal Prize 2011; in Bluewren Cantos, 2013)
Fire Diary (From Fire Diary, 2010; reissued 2013)
But Did You Ever? (Contrappasso 4; in Bluewren Cantos, 2013)
Bluewren Cantos (Unpublished; in Bluewren Cantos, 2013)
On Hammock Hill (The Lampeter Review 2012; World Literature Today 2013; in Bluewren Cantos, 2013)

My sincere thanks to Mark for sending me these amazing poems and allowing me to publish them, some for the very first time, on this site.

Mark’s latest collection Bluewren Cantos has just been published. Order direct from Pitt Street Poetry >>

Bluewren Cantos


2 thoughts on “Mark Tredinnick

  1. Utter crap,
    and worse,
    and each line
    more. More
    is way more
    than too much.
    Crap in
    this case

    1. Thank you for your comment, Megan, but I must strongly disagree.
      Mark’s work is special because his use of language and imagery is so captivating, particularly when reflecting on the Australian landscape. He explores the connections between the self and nature beautifully, his voice assured and wonderfully rhythmic. There is a real music here, i find, and this approach to our nature through poetry is essential to preserve what is left. It is no surprise his work is becoming increasingly important, at least in my eyes.
      Though I of course respect your opinion, I certainly do not share it.

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