Hi! Thanks for visiting. I’m an Anglo-Australian writer from Bristol, UK, living on the Surf Coast in Victoria.
Poetry is my first love but I also enjoy prose; flash fiction especially. My poems, short fiction and reviews have appeared in The Best Australian Poetry, POETRY (Chicago), BODY Literature, Shearsman, Southerly, Island, FLASH (UK and US), Overland, Cordite Review, Poetry Salzburg, Ink, Sweat and Tears, Rabbit Poetry, The Antigonish Review, Event, The Rialto, The Age, The Griffith Review, and Kill Your Darlings, among others.
My latest chapbooks Mirage (A Journey to the Red Heart) and Unsettled (A Journey to the Far North) are published under Pocket Poets (Ginninderra Press, 2021).
Available here: https://www.ginninderrapress.com.au/chapbooks.html
When I saw Jimi, my full collection, a memoir of growing up in Sixties Britain, was shortlisted for The Crashaw Prize, Salt, UK, 2012. We were described as ‘major new talents’. It was published as joint winner of the Geoff Stevens Memorial Poetry Prize, Indigo Dreams Publishing, UK, 2013.
‘These poems have an appreciable crispness, surprise, intensity and clarity. Maclean has broken through to that rare space – call it a maturity of perception, a keen sense of image – that most poets never get to. This is strong and enlivening work.
David Brooks (formerly of Southerly)
‘This is poetry that you won’t want to stop reading. Its attractions are manifold: the milieu of the swinging sixties; love affairs that are by turns erotic, comic, tender and violent; unsentimental and powerful elegies; and an urgent attention to the surprising and plangent condition of our lives.’
Maria Takolander (author, literary critic)
My other chapbooks include:
Tango Boleo, (with Avril Bradley) Ginninderra Press, 2019
Lips That Did, Dancing Girl Press, US, 2017
To Have to Follow, (with Terry Quinn), Indigo Dreams, UK, 2016.
Kiss of the Viking, Poetry Salzburg, 2014,
You Love You Leave -e-chapbook, Kind of a Hurricane Press, US, 2014.
In 2019 a short story The Harry Chair White was shortlisted for Overland’s Fair Australia Prize and in 2020 an essay Wandering Dogs Broken Hearts shortlisted for the Bass Coast Prize for Non-Fiction. In 2018 I was longlisted in The Rialto Nature and Place Poetry Competition and had two poems highly commended in the 2017 W B Yeats Poetry Prize. In 2017 I won Best Poem in fourWNew Writing 27, Highly commended in 2016. One of my poems How Deep is Your Love was shortlisted for the RedRoom Company New Shoots Project in 2016.
I was one of two poets, in addition to commissioned works, selected for Wandering Words, a chapbook of ekphrastic poems presented at Sensing Spaces at the Royal Academy, London, 2014.
As feature poet I’ve appeared in LA Cultural Review, Sundress Best Dressed, US, Tincture, Melbourne Poets Union, Winter Words at Airey’s Inlet, Poetry at the Dan, Melbourne, Damson Poets, UK, on Tania Hershman’s blogspot and Clare Carlin’s Pieced Work.
My work appears in several anthologies including The Result Is What You See Today, (Smith/Doorstop anthology on running, 2019), Best Australian Poetry (UQP), Australian Poetry Journal and Anthology, Sylvia is Missing (Flarestacks), Heartshoots (Indigo Dreams), fourW New Writing (Booranga Writers), Motherhood, Dance and The Sea (The Emma Press).
I conduct writing workshops, edit poetry and fiction and mentor emerging writers.