• NEW!: A short essay titled ‘Music and meaning: A brief meditation” is now out in P.N. Review 248 (UK):;volume=45

  • Interval has won the NSW Premiers’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. My deep gratitude to the State Library of NSW and the judges, whose comments can be read here:

  • My essay in ‘Lyric Poetry: Resonance and Attunement’ is available to read here: My thanks to Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington, the editors of this volume on the topic of ‘Inhabiting Language’.

  • I read from Interval + new poems at Christmas Hills Hall at 7.30 on June 27, organised by Sandy Jeffs. Thanks to Sandy and everyone who came for a lovely warm winter evening together enjoying poetry!!

  • I recorded an interview with Alan Pearsall about the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, poetry festivals and why poetry matters, aired on 3AW, 2GB and 4BC in the morning of Sunday 24 March.

  • I joined talented young poet Belle Ling in the ABC Radio studio in Melbourne on 18 March, to record this episode with Myf Warhurst about writing poetry and the Peter Porter Prize:

  • I was busy earlier this year judging the 2019 Australian Book Review Peter Porter Prize with Paul Kane (Antipodes, Mildura Writers Festival) and John Hawke (Australian Book Review Poetry Editor). The result was announced on March 18 at fortyfivedownstairs in Melbourne. The shortlist was exceptionally strong and the decision was very difficult. The joint winners were Belle Ling (Hong Kong/Australia) and Andy Kissane (Australia). My congratulations to the two winners and to all the shortlisted poets, and my thanks to all the poets who entered for the privilege of reading their poems.

  • My review of Emma Lew’s Crow College: New and Selected Poems is it the Australian Book Review’s May edition, and was available free online from 15 - 21 April:

  • I conducted a 1.5 hour poetry workshop and reading at Watsonia Library on March 2. The theme was ‘Speech in poetry’, exploring poetry that speaks to us, or others, in a direct voice. Poems can describe, remember, observe — but they can also plead, promise, denounce, celebrate and speak directly to tell a loved one something important; something they should know.

  • I participated in a panel discussion for International Women’s Day together with ceramicist Irianna Kanellopoulou and visual artist Felicity Gordon, discussing our artistic careers and how we balance these with family and work commitments. Watsonia Library, March 9, 2- 3pm,

  • A podcast episode I recorded with the University of Melbourne for their Picking up STEAM series on the subject of artificial lintelligence, natural language technology and the role of linguists went live in February this year:

  • My review of Phillip Hall's Fume was published this month (February) in Cordite:

  • Interval was a finalist in the prestigious 2018 Melbourne Prize for Best Writing Award:

  • My review of David Malouf’s An Open Book (UQP) appeared in the December 2018 issue of the Australian Book Review.

  • My review of Judith Beveridge's Sun Music: New and Selected Poems appeared in the September 2018 issue of Australian Book Review.

  • A new poem, ‘Recital’, appeared in the November issue of the Australian Book Review.

  • Listen to an interview with me about Interval, conducted by Di Cousens at Melbourne's 3CR radio:

  • My essay, "O Brave New World That Has Such Data In't (Love and Self-Understanding in an Algorithmic Age)" was long-listed for the 2018 ABR Calibre prize. A revised version of this essay can be read online in PN Review 242 (

  • A new poem, "Tact", was published in the most recent issue of Cordite (86):

  • My review of Philip Mead's Zanzibar Light appeared in the June/July issue of the Australian Book Review:

Saturday, August 18, 2018, 2 - 4pm
Poetry workshop with Judith for Poets@Watsonia at Hatch Contemporary Arts Space, Ivanhoe (

Sunday, July 15, 2018, 5 for 5.30pm
Reading from Interval at Sporting Poets @ Compass Pizza, 319 Lygon Street, Brunswick East.

Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 7pm ($10 entry)
Reading from Interval at Poets @ Watsonia, Watsonia Library.

Monday, April 9, 2018, 6.30pm (free entry, register online)
In conversation with Felicity Plunkett and Eileen Chong at the Better Read than Dead bookstore (Newtown)  ( Note: despite the url, this is a conversation, not a launch event.

Wednesday March 28, 2018. 6.30pm.
Launch of Interval by Chris Wallace-Crabbe at Readings bookshop, Carlton.

OTHER Publications

  • "The Poetic in the Sculpture of Bronwyn Oliver", essay, in Island 151 (October 2017).

  • "Aubade", poem, in Island 151 (October 2017).

  • My review of Jan Owen's translation of selected poems from Baudelaire's Les Fleurs du Mal is online in Mascara Literary Review in English: and in Recours au poème in French (translation by Marilyne Bertoncini):

Art Works inspired by Judith's poems

Mansour Hosseini (Sweden/Iran)

"Reading the Greek Myths", work for mezzo, voice (recitation), saxophone, piano (7'), performed on 13 June, 2015 at the Festival franco-anglais de la poésie in Paris: Composer's website:

Jurga Zabukaite (Lithuania)
"Reading the Greek Myths", performed on 9 June, 2015 at the Festival franco-anglais de la poésie in Paris. Artist information:


Christine Dabadie-Fabreuguette (France) -- Calligraphies inspired by "Mother to Child" and other poems:

Ghislaine Escande (France) -- Artwork integrating a section of "Control" in English and French translation, included in artworks prepared for the Festival International de la Géographie in St Dié, 2017.

Michel Madore (France) -- ink painting inspired by a poem "The Word-Poem" published in La Traductière, 2013: