You’re warmly invited to attend the opening of ‘Thicket: works on paper by Carol Archer’. It’s on Friday 29 March, 2024  (Good Friday) from 2pm – 5pm at The Shop Gallery, 112 Glebe Point Road, Glebe, NSW.

I am delighted to announce that the exhibition will be launched by Liz Jeneid, an artist whose works on paper and textile works are held in major national collections. I am very happy too that the opening event will include tree and garden centred poetry by prominent Australian poets Maggie Ball, Kit Kelen and Jean Kent.

Check the City of Sydney website has more details.

Liz Jeneid’s works in both textiles and works on paper, especially in artist books, are held in major national collections (Powerhouse Museum, Art Gallery of NSW, National Gallery of Australia and the State Library of NSW & the National Library). Once Head of Textiles and curator of the Long Gallery she is now a University Fellow at the University of Wollongong. In her 2023 exhibition A Distant Presence, she explored the area close to her home, the Illawarra Escarpment in which she documented the common weeds and the escarpment in sun and fog using monoprints, monotypes and artist books. For more, visit her website

Magdalena Ball is a novelist, poet, reviewer, interviewer, Vice President of Flying Islands Poetry Community Inc., and managing editor of Compulsive Reader. Her stories, editorials, poetry, reviews and interviews have appeared in a wide number of journals and anthologies, and have won local and international awards. She is the author of several novels and poetry books, most recently, Bobish, a verse-memoir published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2023. Find out more at her website:

Kit Kelen is a poet and painter, resident on Worimi country, in the Myall Lakes Region of NSW. He has published more than a dozen volumes of poetry in English over the last thirty years, as well as books of poetry in a dozen languages other than English. His most recent volume of poetry published in English in Australia is Book of Mother (Puncher & Wattmann, 2022).  Kit Kelen’s most recent painting/drawing exhibition was PALIMPSPECTRE (part of the Regional Futures Project), at the Manning Regional Gallery (Taree, NSW) March – May  2023. ⁠Visit and the Daily Kit.

Jean Kent grew up in rural Qld and now lives surrounded by trees at Lake Macquarie, NSW. Nine books of her poetry have been published.  Her next book, Paris Light: A Personal Plan de Paris, is a collaborative work of poems plus artworks by her husband, Martin. It is being published by Pitt Street Poetry and will be launched at the Newcastle Writers Festival in April,  2024.⁠ More detail at

‘Thicket’ runs from Thursday March 28 till Tuesday April 2, 11-6 daily, and I’ll be there to chat most of that time. For a sneak preview of some of what I’ll include, check out the pictures below.