Right way down – Interview with Rebecca M Newman

Stand on your head with Sally Murphy, explode some dynamite with Cristy Burne or shoot some hoops with Cheryl Kickett-Tucker. Grow a poet-tree with Meg McKinlay or curl up next to your cat with Amber Moffat and watch a bit of Stink-o-Vision with James Foley.

These and loads more poems by Australian poets are there to discover in Right Way Down an anthology edited by Sally Murphy and Rebecca M Newman, with striking illustrations by Briony Stewart and recently published by Fremantle Press.

These poems will have you laughing, thinking, and playing with words – whichever way up you read them.

Rebecca M Newman

Rebecca M Newman writes poetry for children and flash fiction for adults. Her work can be found in Australian and international anthologies, magazines and popping out of the short-story dispenser in Perth’s Raine Square. After contributing to all those anthologies she thought it was time to edit her own, so she joined forces with Sally Murphy to co-edit Right Way Down and Other Poems. She is the founding editor at Alphabet Soup Books, and the primary school judge for the 2023 and 2024 Dorothea Mackellar Poetry Awards. When she’s not writing you’ll find Rebecca messing about with collage or playing Irish fiddle tunes on an old violin.

Sally Murphy

Sally Murphy is an author, poet and educator – sometimes doing all three things at the same time. She loves playing with words, and encouraging other people to do the same, and loves poetry so much that she completed a doctorate focusing on children’s poetry. When she isn’t writing, reading or talking about writing and reading, she can be found walking on the beach, spending time with her family or swimming.

Our editor, Michael Barker, was lucky enough to catch up with Rebecca M Newman to make this podcast discussing her collaboration with Sally Murphy to produce Right Way Down and what you can expect to find within the pages!

You’ll find Right Way Down in all good bookstores stocking young readers books or online at Fremantle Press.


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