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This website is dedicated to the poetry and fiction of Andrew Lansdown.

Andrew is a widely published and award winning Australian writer, whose poems and stories have been published in numerous magazines and newspapers and are represented in over 100 anthologies. His published books include 13 collections of poetry, 2 collections of children's poetry, 2 collections of short stories and 3 fantasy novels.

This website offers extensive information about, and samples of, Andrew's literary writings. It also contains 100+ outstanding poems by 30+ poets whom Andrew admires. It also provides an opportunity to buy Andrew's books using PayPal.

Two poems in Quadrant

January 15th, 2017

The January-February 2017 issue of Quadrant contains two of Andrew’s poems: “Heron” and “Splendid”. Both poems are three-haiku gunsaku. The third haiku in “Splendid” is:


If not in colour,

at least in shape–the female

splendid blue wren.

          © Andrew Lansdown

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Poem in Studio

January 14th, 2017

The latest issue of Studio magazine (No. 139) contains one of Andrew’s poems, “In the Gardens of the Imperial Palace”.

Also, one of Andrew’s photographs has been used on the cover.

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4 poems in US anthology

January 13th, 2017








USA publisher, Cascade Books (Eugene, Oregon), has included four of Andrew’s poems in an anthology of Christian poetry titled The Turning Aside, edited by Canadian poet, D.S. Martin. Poems by Andrew in the anthology are: “The Colour of Life”, “Prayer”, “Kangaroos” and “Black Bamboo”.

Editor D.S Martin comments,

The Turning Aside is about stepping out of our routines–like Moses turning from tending sheep, like a certain man selling his everything to buy a field–to take time to consider the ways of God in the company of some of the finest poets of our time. Turn aside with such established poets as Wendell Berry, Les Murray, Luci Shaw, Elizabeth Jennings, Richard Wilbur, Dana Gioia, and Christian Wiman–and respond to their invitation for us to muse along with them. Walk with poets from various parts of the planet, even though some of them are less known, whose words have been carefully crafted to encourage us in our turning aside.
The Turning Aside is a collection of Christian poetry from dozens of the most spiritually insightful poetic voices of recent years. It is a book I have long dreamed of compiling, and it has grown beyond my mere imagining in its fulfilment.

Reviews and endorsements of the anthology (posted on the publisher’s website) are encouraging:

“D. S. Martin’s The Turning Aside offers a marvelous harvest of serious Christian poetry–an unusually rich and various representation of spiritual as well as poetic excellence. This is a treasury, a volume for the bedside table, there to be savored slowly–read as a prompt to meditation, prayer, and a deepened devotion to Scripture.”
–David Lyle Jeffrey, FRSC, Distinguished Professor of Literature and the Humanities, Baylor University

“I have been waiting for this collection for thirty years, literally. I am almost speechless. In this company of poets, lifters-of-the-veil between heaven and earth, I have no need for my own words. I only want to borrow theirs. And I shall–in worship, in church, in literary company. I am certain this magnificent collection will turn many aside from our mechanistic tromp through our days into the wondrous, piercing reality of God-with-us right here, right now.”
–Leslie Leyland Fields, poet, speaker, and author of Crossing the Waters: Following Jesus through the Storms, the Fish, the Doubt, and the Seas

The Turning Aside is a spectacular collection bringing together under one roof the finest Christian poets of the age. Its pages provide awesome, inspiring, even mystical reading, with lines to linger over in meditation.”
–Ron Hansen, author of The Kid

“This collection brings together an expansive, idiosyncratic, and intriguing group of poets, some you’ll know well and others you’ll be thankful to discover. Their work forms a rich banquet that is often surprising and, in the end, supremely artful. The book has the power to (paraphrasing Tania Runyan) ‘singe the edges of our silent lives.'”
–Daniel Bowman Jr., author of A Plum Tree in Leatherstocking Country; Editor-in-Chief of Relief: A Journal of Art & Faith; Associate Professor of English, Taylor University

The Tuning Aside can be purchased via the publisher’s website here.

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2 poems in Quadrant

December 23rd, 2016



















Two of Andrew’s poems — “Recollections of Dread and Deliverance” and “Comfort” — have been published in the December 2016 issue of Quadrant. “Recollections”, written for Andrew’s wife, Susan, is reprinted below:


Recollections of Dread and Deliverance


Dearest, when you haemorrhaged

(I am of a sudden with hurt and horror

recalling it these near-three decades on),


when back in the ward after the birthing

the nurse drew down from your white face

the bedcover to uncover that swamp


of blood from your wounded womb,

that crimson saturation of nightdress

and sheet, I plunged to pleas and please!


and when they wheeled you on the trolley

away to the theatre, not now for new life

but for your life, I feared you’d gone for good


but by the doctor’s good hand the Hand

of God touched you, staunched you, spared you

for me and our newborn daughter and all


the other loved ones who loved you

as I loved you and love you still with kisses

and wide wishes and everlasting longings.


               © Andrew Lansdown

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NZ children commend Chronicles of Klarin

December 13th, 2016

From time to time Andrew receives encouraging comments from school teachers and children about his fantasy trilogy, The Chronicles of Klarin (comprising the novels, With My Knife, Dragonfox and The Red Dragon, all published by Scholastic Australia under the Omnibus Books imprint).

Recently a New Zealand teacher emailed Andrew to say she had been reading the novels to her students. With her permission, her kind letter and the delightful notes from her students are reproduced below:

Dear Andrew Lansdown,

I am a teacher in a small rural school on the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand. There are 22 students in my class aged 8 and 9.

This term I have been reading your trilogy of fantasy novels The Klarin Chronicles, to my class. They are totally captured by them and asked to write to you when they found your website. They want to show you the cardboard box portal we made. It is a very popular quiet place for reading and writing in class time. I have attached a photo. The children all wanted to write too so I have copied their letters below.

Thank you for your inspiration and imagination.

Best wishes

Margaret Gibson (Teacher Room 4 Whenuakite School)

The children’s notes to Andrew follow:

Dear Andrew Lansdown,

Your books are so interesting. The dragonfox is scary but the red dragon looks cool. We made a cardboard box with a triangle opening. Is the circle an opening too?

Yours sincerely Courtney. I am a girl.


Dear Mr Lansdown,

I loved your story With my Knife but The Red Dragon is even better. I like the way Yasni is bossy to Colyn.

From Riley

To read the rest of the children’s comments (along with Andrew’s responses), click here.

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Website hacked

December 8th, 2016

Andrew’s website was hacked several weeks ago. However, thanks to the work of an expert webmaster, the website has been cleared of viruses and malware and is once again operating as it should. Security on the site has been upgraded, too, reducing the likelihood of another hack. Apologies to anyone who has experienced trouble accessing the site in recent weeks.

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Poem in The Canberra Times

November 9th, 2016

Andrew’s poem “Incidentals”, a 4-haiku gunsaku set in Kyoto, was published by the Canberra Times, in the weekend Panorama magazine, on 27 August 2016. The last haiku in the set is:


Blocking a water

trickle—a little levee

of cherry petals. 

            © Andrew Lansdown

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Poem in The Mozzie

November 8th, 2016

The August 2016 issue of The Mozzie (Vol. 24, Issue 6) contains one of Andrew’s poems – a gunsaku consisting of four haiku under the heading, “Petals Scattering”.

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Judge’s Report – Poetica Christi Press 2016 Annual Poetry Competition

November 3rd, 2016

Earlier this year Andrew was invited by Poetica Christi Press to judge the press’s annual poetry completion. Andrew completed the judging in early October. His judge’s report contains some helpful observations about the art of poetry writing and is reproduced on this website below:


Poetica Christi Press


2016 Annual Poetry Competition


Judge’s Report


by Andrew Lansdown 


I was honoured to be entrusted with the task of judging the Poetica Christi Press 2016 Annual Poetry Competition. There was an excellent response to the Competition, with 190 poems entered. 


While the quality of the entries was uneven, many fine poems were submitted. The poems were wide-ranging in subject and theme, touching on family relationships, the natural world, international terrorism, biblical characters, and personal experiences. There were love poems and nature poems, laments and narratives, dramatic monologues and personal lyrics. While the majority of the poems were free form, many included rhyme, and some included regular rhyming couplets or quatrains. It was pleasing to see poets experimenting with some traditional European and Japanese forms: sonnets, villanelles, rondeaux and haiku. While these experiments were not always successful, the poets are to be commended for their endeavours to understand and master the poetic craft. 


It was also pleasing to note that most of the poems were cogent and accessible. There were very few poems that were confused or, worse, deliberately ambiguous. 


I noticed that two flaws kept recurring and it may be helpful to mention these.

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7 poems in Quadrant

August 31st, 2016

Seven of Andrew’s poems have been published in the September 2016 issue of Quadrant. The poems are: “Thinking of You”, “The Festooned Pine”, “Omikuji Blossom”, “Pact”, “Travelling”, “Winter, Wisconsin” and “A Little Herd”.

“The Festooned Pine” also appears in Andrew’s latest book, Kyoto Sakura Tanka, which is composed of poems (tanka) and photographs of Kyoto in the cherry blossom (sakura) season. “The Festooned Pine” is reproduced below, with the photograph that accompanies it in the book:



The Festooned Pine


At a Shinto shrine,

white paper slips, omikuji,

knotted to a pine—

sacred ballots of the kami,

forming a strange origami.


        © Andrew Lansdown

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Reading, tutoring & judging at Words in the Valley Festival

July 25th, 2016

Andrew will be heavily involved in the Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival in Bridgetown on the weekend of 30-31 July.

On Saturday 30 July, he will run a poetry workshop and give an author talk. On Sunday 31 July, he we announce the winners of  the Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize and give a poetry reading.

Words in the Valley Festival poster






















Festival details from the Proximity WA website:

Bridgetown – Words in the Valley Festival

Saturday 30th July, 2016 @ 9:00am to Sunday 31st July, 2016 @ 5:00pm

Bridgetown Regional Library will be hosting a Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival, which will incorporate the inaugural Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize. Prose and poetry workshops will be $25 each and there will be an author talk with Andrew Lansdown (gold coin donation) at Bridgetown Regional Library. Payments can be made at the door and registrations begin at 8.30am

For further information, please contact Kathy Matthews at Bridgetown Regional Library (08) 9761 2503 or Sarah Evans (08) 9761 2156.

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Andrew judges Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize

July 25th, 2016

Andrew was invited earlier this year to judge the Blake in the Blackwood Poetry Prize. He will announce the prize winners at the Words in the Valley Readers and Writers Festival in Bridgetown on the weekend of 30-31 July.

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Poem in Little Book of Australian Orchids

June 16th, 2016

Andrew’s poem, “The Spider Orchids”, has been published in Little Book of Australian Orchids, published by the National Library of Australia. In addition to poems by various poets, the beautifully produced book contains colour illustrations of Australian orchids painted by various artists in the 1800s and early 1900s.

“The Spider Orchids” was first published in Andrew’s award-winning collection, Between Glances, published by William Heinemann Australia in 1993.

Andrew has had poems published in five of the National Library of Australia’s Little Book series. The other collections that include his poems are Little Book of Cats, Little Book of Butterflies, Little Book of Trees, and Little Book of Banksias.

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3 poems in The Mozzie

June 16th, 2016

The May 2016 issue of The Mozzie (Vol. 24, Issue 3) contains three of Andrew’s poems: “Dip”, “Blossoming Cherry, Kyoto” and “Notch”.

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New book combines poetry & photography

May 29th, 2016

Rhiza Press has published a hardback book of Andrew’s poetry and photography titled Kyoto Sakura Tanka.

The setting for the collection is Kyoto city and the Kansai region of Japan. The season is spring, when the cherry blossoms (sakura) bloom. The 105 poems are modelled on an ancient form of Japanese poetry known as tanka, which is structured in 5 lines and 31 syllables (5, 7, 5, 7, 7 syllables per line). The 93 photographs are full colour and depict fascinating scenes and details of Japan’s ancient capital.

Kyoto Sakura Tanka is available postfree at a discount price of $25 from this website. Click here to buy a copy to keep … and another to give away!

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