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Acting Like a GirlWaistcoat and hat. Text: Acting Like a Girl, Sandra Renew.

Acting Like a Girl (Recent Work Press 2019) has been shortlisted for the ACT Book of the Year 2020 award. (See The Canberra Times announcement.)

Acting Like a Girl (Recent Work Press 2019) was also the winner of the 2020 ACT Writing and Publishing Award for Poetry.

Latest release

It’s the sugar, Sugar (Recent Work Press 2021)
It's the sugar, Sugar cover

‘Master’s tools, Master’s house: All the old crimes’ (Axon: Creative Explorations, 10/2, 2020; Issue theme: Manifestos, diatribes and interventions)



Acting Like a Girl reviewed by Melinda Smith in Not Very Quiet (September 2020)

Acting Like a Girl reviewed  by Julia Clark in Plumwood Mountain (August 2020)


‘Munga Thirri’ (Meniscus, Jen Webb and Gail Pittaway (eds), Vol 8.1, May 2020)

‘The bionic enhancements queue’ (Getting On, Griffith Review 68, Ashley Hay (ed.), Text Publishing, 2020)

‘Legs’ (Australian Poetry Anthology Vol 8, co-guest-edited by Melinda Smith and Sara Saleh, 2020)

‘Mungo’ (The Anthology of Australian Prose Poetry, edited by Paul Hetherington and Cassandra Atherton, Melbourne University Publishing, 2020)

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Not Very Quiet’s founding editors, Moya Pacey and Sandra Renew, received an award last night from the Canberra Critics’ Circle:

For their influential work in exposing Canberra women’s poetry to view through their biannual online journal for women’s poetry, Not Very Quiet.


Acting Like a Girl (Recent Work Press, 2019)

Monthly event

Not Very Quiet at Smith’s Alternative
Suspended for Covid 19 duration
Sandra co-convenes a varied program of women’s poetry in a relaxed cafe venue.

Smith’s Alternative
76 Alinga Street, Canberra City
7pm to 9pm