Philomena van Rijswijk

Philomena van Rijswijk

Philomena van Rijswijk is a poet, novelist and story writer living in Tasmania. Her most well-known novel, The World as a Clockface, was published by Penguin. Her poems and short stories have been published in collections and literary journals in Australia, Ireland and India. Her work was included in Best Australian Stories 2002 (Black Inc) and Best Australian Poetry 2005 (UQP). Some of her stories have been translated into Hindi and published in Indian literary journals and anthologies. Her poetry collection, Bread of the Lost, was published by Walleah Press in December 2013. Her latest fabulist novel, The Bishop, the Gypsy and the Dancing Bear, addresses the themes of xenophobia and border security.

Links:

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Poetry
Huon Valley Poetry Blogger

Publication List:

 

 

NOVELS

THE TIME IT RAINED FISH, Esperance Press Tasmania 1999 (print-run 500; with the help of funding from Arts Tas).

THE WORLD AS A CLOCKFACE Penguin Books Australia 2001 (print-run of 5000; published in Australia and New Zealand). Nominated by Penguin for the 2001/2002 Miles Franklin Award.

 

 

SHORT STORIES

A NEWLY DISCOVERED SUBSTANCE   EVERY COLOUR BUT BLUE Cliff Street Publishing, Fremantle 1995.

DEVIL’S FANCY   40 DEGREES SOUTH No7 1997 (Launch of new fiction segment).

FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY   MEANJIN May 2002 (winner of 1999 inaugural Tasmanian Writers’ Centre short story competition).

FAITH, HOPE AND CHARITY BEST AUSTRALIAN STORIES 2002, Black Inc.

THE INDIAN CARVER OF APPLEBARK MEANJIN 2003 VOL. 62. No 2

SKY VIEW ROAD MEANJIN 2005 VOL. 64 NOS 1-2

THE PLANET TERRARIUM ISLAND 99

HOUSEHOLD GODS REID’S MAGAZINE Vol.1 Number 1

SKY VIEW ROAD and THE GARDENS OF SHALIMAR translated into Hindi by Dr Aruna Sitesh, University of Calcutta

SKY VIEW ROAD and THE GARDENS OF SHALIMAR, Breeze from a Distant Land, Dr Sitesh Alok, University of Calcutta

Faith, Hope and Charity in Deep South, Stories from Tasmania, Ed. Danielle Wood, 2012

The Miracle Calendar, awarded one of the prizes in Adult Learners’ Week 2011 short story competition.

The Boy Who Couldn’t See Colours, Southerly, 2014

The Five Sorrowful Mysteries, MEANJIN, Autumn 2016

 

COMMISSIONED REVIEWS

LiNQ magazine Volume 27, No 2 2000.(Poetry collections by Mal Morgan, Colleen Z Burke and Carline Gerrish)

FAMOUS REPORTER ( “Terminal Velocity”, Molly Guy)

ISLAND 2002 (“There’s a Bear in There…and he wants Swedish”, Merridy Eastman)

FAMOUS REPORTER 2004 ( “Three Golden Fishes”, Louise Crisp)

ISLAND 2005 (“Toccata & Rain”, Philip Salom)

 

MISCELLANEOUS

LOST IN TASMANIA, MY LAND OF PRIVATE DIEMENS   THE AGE Monday January 28 2002.

HEAD ROOM  SUNDAY LIFE MAGAZINE (The Age and the Sunday Telegraph) February 17 2002.

THE AUSTRALIAN WOMEN’S LAND ARMY Oral history for the AUSTRALIA REMEMBERS SCHOOL KIT 1995

 

POETRY

Collections

BREAD OF THE LOST, collection, Walleah Press, 2013

TRAIL OF BONES AND GODSTONES small collection of poems by Philomena van Rijswijk; Esperance Press, Tasmania 1997

Individual Poems

SUNNYBROOK   THE NIGHTJAR edited by John Hawke (Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology)1997

LAZY BED   REPUBLIC READINGS #1 September 2000

TRAIL OF BONES AND GODSTONES   REPUBLIC READINGS #3 April 2001

SHE DONE THE DIRTY, SOME THINGS DON’T BOUNCE,EATIN’ JIM CROW and

SKIN DIVER   MOORILLA MOSAIC (Contemporary Tasmanian Writing) edited by Robyn Mathison and Lyn Reeves. Bumble-bee Books 2001.

SUNNYBROOK and MY ANIMAL   INTERIOR DESPOTS (running the border) edited by Sue Moss and Karen Knight. Pardalote Press 2001.

Excerpt from SKEPTICOS THE TURNING WAVE (anthology of Irish-Australian poetry) edited by Colleen Z Burke 2001

ELLEN BARRY   HOBO December 1995

CUL-DE-SAC BEDOUIN   ISLAND Spring 1996

EVEN THE SWEEPERS   ISLAND Winter 1997

THE LITTLE FLOWER  FREE XPRESSION June 1998

THE BIG DRY …POETRIX May 1998

CHICKENWIRE GULLY  FAMOUS REPORTER June 1999

STRIP JACK NAKED  SOUTHERLY Winter 1999

FORGET-ME-NOT and BUTTERFLY FLESH   HECATE 25th Anniversary Issue 1999

NO ENGELS AT MY TABLE and INDIAN SUMMER   HECATE Vol26 No2 2000

TOO YELLOW TO UNDO   ISLAND Winter 2000

THE HUNGRY TONGUE   LITERATURE AND AESTHETICS November 2000

MY ANIMAL   FAMOUS REPORTER December 2000

CLOCKWORK BIRDS  HECATE Vol27 No1 2001

What the Survivors Said HECATE Vol. 28 No2 (2002)

The Girl of the Limberlost HECATE xxv/ii 1999

Feminine Past/Times, Little Paper Bag of Sweeties,The Forbidden Planet Irish Feminist Review Vol. 1 2005

My Beautiful Whitewashed Skin HECATE 30/1/2004 and The Best Australian Poetry 2005 UQP

Sleight of Hand HECATE 30/1/2004

Shotgun Wedding Republic Readings 8

Crying for that Girl Republic Readings 7

Cold Climate Martyrdom, Siberian Sleep Berries, Nostos Blue Giraffe 3

Blue Lake Beans and Others, HECATE 33.2, 2007

The Frogs Sand Me Back, Hecate,2007

The Upside-down Sweetness Inside, Island 116

 

PUBLISHED ONLINE

Article for Eureka Street

Pino’s Beast, Vignette Review

Winning poem, Poetic Diversity

The Miracle Calendar, podcast and text online for Adult Learners’ Week 2011 (prize-winner)