Ross Donlon's poems have been published widely in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. 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 is Poet in Residence at the Castlemaine Art Gallery for the Centenary Celebrations. He will be in the Gallery each weekend writing and chatting to visitors. At the end of the Residency, he will do a reading tour of the Gallery with an audience. A new Mark Time book, Poems from the Collection will be available from the Gallery shop for a small price. 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 plans to return to Europe in 2014: to Norway, Ireland, England, 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).
Ross is the judge of the Castlemaine Poetry Prize which has been running since 2011. The children's section has grown tenfold with 360 entries in 2013. Nearly all primary schools in Mount Alexander Shire are represented, and high-school students from Castlemaine, Bendigo, Woodend, and Gisborne have submitted poems.
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.
Ross in Schools
Since 2010, Ross has been Speaker and Reader at Castlemaine Secondary College. Ross has recently been Writer in Residence at Presentation College, Windsor and Catholic College, Bendigo.
Ross has been a consultant for the biennial Castlemaine State Festival. He acted as convenor, MC and performer from 2005-2011 and will do so again for the 2013 Festival (15-24 March).