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J.R. McRae/Poulter

Brisbane, Queensland, Australia


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Have written ever since I could hold a pen! Once worked in a circus. Am a qualified reference librarian, have worked full time as a book reviewer for QLD Education Dept., currently work, among other things, as a tutor/editor assisting international postgraduates with their English Expression.


POETRY in numerous publications & anthologies including: Quadrant, Divan, Antipodes (J of Aust & American Lit) NY, Gandalf's Garden (UK), Gathering Storm, Social Alternatives, Micropress Yates, Naked Pomegranate, Seriously Fishy; The Courier Mail, Makar, Verso;

Anthologies: "O Mother I'm Rooted" ed Kate Jennings; "Kyeema Arts Festival Anthology"; "Best of Micropress, Anthology" ed Gloria B Yates; "Recent Queensland Poets" ed Greg McCart; "A Patchwork of Poetry" ed Mary Marion; "Square Poets" ed Maureen Freer;"Dogs of Our Lives" ed Gloria B. Yates;"Verse by Young Australians" Madeline Kempster;

FICTION: children's books - Gelatti Supreme (ERA);The Cool Shop (Macmillan Ed);

"THE STRAY" in AATE anthology "The Girl Who Married a Fly"; Teacher's NOTES AVAILABLE ON AATE website

Picture Book:
Manuscripts under contract with LOTHIAN - "Mending Lucille" released August 2008;


WRITING PROFILE – Jennifer R. Poulter / J.R.McRae

Writing/ Editing/ Reviewing

• Published author
* 2 junior novels (ERA and Macmillan Education)
* junior novel, teen graphic novel, graphic
historical series, picture book under contract
* Anthologies for primary education -
Knowledge Books & Software,2005 and
"Poetry Action for Classroom & Stage"
5 vol set with teacher notes Australian edition;
2 vol set with teacher notes, UK edition)

"Poem Play", humorous poetry, KBS, release late 05
* Short Stories - "The Stray" in AATE anthology "The
Girl Who Married a Fly" ed Michael Hyde, for upper
primary & lower secondary; featured in ”Teacher’s
Notes” & site
* Under J. R. McRae - Numerous articles and short stories published in Australia; poetry published in various anthologies and journals in Australia and also published in New York and the U.K.

Editor –

* Academic Editor and English Expression tutor, joint programme, Development Planning Program, University of Queensland/ Diponegoro University, Indonesia 2001-2002. Ongoing Editing & Tutoring overseas academics & students
* Academic Editing and English tutorial assistance, School of Management, see Page 39
* Focus Editor F2A Magazine ,
* Focus Editor Dimension Magazine
* Guest Editor Mosaic (multicultural arts magazine published under the auspices of Arts Queensland and Multicultural Affairs)
* Literary Editor Triple Ripple (children’s magazine)
* Editor /compiler educational anthologies “Let’s Jabberwocky!” and "Poetry Action for Classroom & Stage" Knowledge Books and Software
• Book reviewer, movie and music reviewer for various publications – under J. R. Poulter for parenting and children’s publications; under J. R. McRae for all other publications
* F2A Magazine and Dimension Magazine,
* Director’s Club, free website for upper management and professionals (under J.R.McRae) & for new review site
* One Talk, multicultural arts magazine for schools; Playtimes, parenting paper; Alive! National family magazine
* For many years reviewed for Magpies the journal of critical review for children’s literature
* Have reviewed over the years for Queensland Country Life, Spinifex (the journal of the Queensland Conservation Council), Verandah (lifestyle paper), The Catholic Leader, 50 Something, Kids in Brisbane, Brisbane’s Child,


Children's Literature -

"Gelati Supreme", ERA, 1995
"The Cool Shop", Macmillan Education, 1995
"The Stray" in "The Girl Who Married a Fly", AATE anthology, editor Michael Hyde, AATE, 1997
Featured in "Teacher's Notes to Girl Who Married a Fly" AATE, 2000 and on AATE website

"Poetry Action for Classroom & Stage" - 5 volumes Australian edition comprising -
"Let's Jabberwocky!" (the poems - over 180 by 50 poets from all states of Australia);
"Imagimals" - poem worksheets and teacher text
"Food,Glorious Food" - poem worksheets and teacher text
"Nose to Nose" - poem worksheets and teacher text
"Places 'n Spaces" - poem worksheets and teacher text
"Finding the Funny Bone" edited by J.R. Poulter with poems by Jan Turner-Jones and Marco Gliori; teacher text by J.R.Poulter & Jan Turner Jones;
Knowledge Books and Software(KBS),2005;multicultural anthology of performance oriented poetry, with teacher text, for primary, released May 2005, Knowledge Books & Software. 2 vol set , same title, for release U.K., KBS 2005;

"Mending Lucille" released 2008, Hachette Livre/Lothian, picture book, illustrator Sarah Davis;

Ebooks –

Under contract to Infocis –
“The Quizmaster”, junior novel also serialised in “Triple Ripple” and “Alternatives”
“Winged” teen graphic novel
“By the Croc” interactive picturebook
“Reckless” popular history series for upper primary,

Poetry -

In Quadrant, Divan, Antipodes (New York), Social Alternatives, Gathering Force, Micropress Yates, Small Packages, Seriously Fishy, Verso, Heartland, Naked Pomegranate, Courier Mail, Makar, Saturday Club Book of Poetry, Gandalf’s Garden (UK), Paper Wasp, Boardwalk, Vision etc.,

Anthologies "Square Poets" ed., Maureen Freer,
"Oh Mother I'm Rooted" ed., Kate Jennings
"Recent Queensland Poetry" ed., Greg McCart
"Patchwork of Poetry" ed., Marion Mannion
"Micropress Yates 3rd Anniversary Anthology," ed., Gloria Benjamin Yates
“Kyeema, the anthology” Arts Queensland

Creative Writing Programmes/Readings

AATE State Conference - Presenter -"Why Performance Poetry", 1996
AATE National Conference, Reading "The Stray" & discussion, 1997
AATE (QLD) Schools' Children's Story Writing Competition, Judge 1996 +
Nestlé's Write Around Australia Competition - Judge
Blue Water Festival, Master of Ceremonies and Judge
Book Week - City Central Library, Bald Hills State School, Arana Hills State School

Programmes Organised & Assisted - Performance Poetry, Storytelling

Warana ( at the behest of Dymocks Bookshop)
Channel 7 Family Picnic (at the behest of Brisbane's Child)
Mountains to Mangroves ( at the behest of Alderman Terry Hampson)
Opening of the City Central Library
Kyeema Arts Festival, Family Segment (Arts Queensland Funded) 1994

Academic Qualifications

Bachelor of Arts, University of Queensland,
Qualified as Associate Member of ALIA
Other qualifications:
o TAFE certificates of competency in the following -
 Desktop Publishing –
• Introduction to Desktop Publishing – PageMaker
• Desktop Publishing for Operators (Advanced) - PageMaker ( 6.0), Corel Draw, Paintbrush,
• Publisher 2000

Interests: writing - poetry, fiction, short stories, book and film reviewing, bushwalking, family & pets

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • Poetry Action For Classroom & Stage, 5 vol series
  • Children's Literature

  • Mending Lucille
  • The Cool Shop
  • Mending Lucille
  • Gelati Supreme
  • Poetry Action For Classroom & Stage, 6 vol series