Ross's poems have been widely published in Australia and Ireland. He has also had poems taken in the United States and New Zealand. His work has been broadcast on Radio National’s Poetica and community radio. He appears on the CD of a live reading, You Have Been Chosen. The Blue Dressing Gown was published in 2011 by Profile Poetry. Tightrope Horizon (Five Islands Press) was published in 2003. Shh and other love poems and My Ship were published by Mark Time Books in 2009. Shh has been anthologized in Poems for All Occasions and elsewhere.

in 2009 he was awarded the Varuna Writers' House Dorothy Hewett Flagship Fellowship for Poetry.

In 2010 Ross was awarded the Wenlock Festival Poetry Prize within the Arvon International Poetry Competition by chief judge, Poet Laureate, Carol Ann Duffy.

In 2011 Ross won a second international poetry prize, The Melbourne Poet's Union International Poetry Prize with Midsummer Night, a poem he wrote while in residency in western Norway. He was also shortlisted for The Bridport Prize from 8,200 entries.


Ross was Poet in Residence at the Castlemaine Art Gallery for the Centenary Celebrations. He was in the Gallery each weekend writing and chatting to visitors. A new Mark Time book, Awakenings: Poems from the Collection will be available from the Gallery shop and he will do a walking and reading tour of the gallery later in 2014 when Fr Ken Parker launches the book. The Blue Dressing Gown is also available from the Gallery shop.

Ross has just completed his next book and hopes to publish in 2014. He will soon return from a successful tour of Europe where he had residencies in Romania and Norway. He read at the Boyle Arts Festival in Ireland and spent time in England, the Netherlands and Italy.

Radio National's Poetica featured the 'Father' sequence of poems in June 2013. These are selected poems from The Blue Dressing Gown (publishing details in the left-hand panel).

He was judge of the Castlemaine Poetry Prize which has been running from the inaugural competition in 2011 to 2014. The children's section has grown tenfold with 360 entries this year. Nearly all primary schools in Mount Alexander Shire were represented, and high-school students from Castlemaine, Bendigo, Woodend, and Gisborne submitted poems.

Ross presented a Poets' Breakfast at the Woodend Winter Arts Festival, reading poems and giving an entertaining discourse on What is Poetry?.

Poetry Readings

The readings are now into their ninth year and, after several moves, are now settled at a superb venue in The Five Flags Hotel in Campbells Creek, where fine poets and appreciative crowds support this monthly event. Readings are at 3 o'clock on the 4th Sunday of the month from February to December — mid week in December. The 2014 programme is listed on the Castlemaine Poetry Readings website.

Ross in Schools

Since 2010, Ross has been Speaker and Reader at Castlemaine Secondary College. Ross has also been Writer in Residence at Presentation College, Windsor and Catholic College, Bendigo.

Festival Consultant

Ross has been a consultant for the biennial Castlemaine State Festival. He acted as convenor, MC and performer from 2005-2013 and has plans for a new show for the 2015 festival (13-22 March 2015).