About us

The Structure of Flying Islands Poetry Community Inc. (Flying Islands)

Flying Islands is an incorporated association under the New South Wales Associations Incorporation Act 2009. It was incorporated on 28 April 2021 at which time it took over the Flying Islands Pocket Poetry project which had been operating as an informal association since 2010.
Flying Islands is also a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). The ABN for Flying is Islands 57 806 701 059.

Although Flying Islands is income tax exempt donations made directly to Flying Islands are NOT tax deductible.

Flying Islands is administered by a committee which is elected at the annual general meeting of Flying Islands however participation by the Flying Islands community is encouraged at all levels and in a range of projects.

You can view and download the Flying Islands Constitution HERE

The Committee

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Magdalena (Maggie) Ball Vice-president

After gaining an honours degree in English Literature from the City University of New York (CCNY), she moved to Oxford to study English Literature at a postgraduate level. After a brief return to the US, she then migrated to NSW Australia, where she now resides on a rural property with family. While in Australia she received a Masters degree in Business from Charles Sturt University and a Graduate Marketing degree from the University of Newcastle. Magdalena runs the respected review site Compulsive Reader. Her short stories, editorials, poetry, reviews and articles have appeared in a wide number of printed anthologies and journals, and have won local and international awards for poetry and fiction.

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John Burke, FCA Treasurer & Acting Secretary

John is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia & New Zealand with over 35 years experience. He is also a retired legal practitioner. He now specialises in assisting not for profit organisations with their finances, technology and governance.

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Jane Dargaville Committee Member

Jane is a former mainstream news media professional. She worked as a journalist on News Limited publications in Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane, the ABC, The Canberra Times, The National newspaper in Papua New Guinea, and others. She also worked in senior media and public communication roles, including for the Australian National University and the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. Her brother Michael is a well known poet, and she believes passionately in the role poetry plays in providing society with a guiding framework for the essential elements of beauty and truth.

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Dylan Jones Committee Member

Dylan has over 20 years experience in graphic design, typesetting, photography and video production. He has worked in the print industry, in boutique graphic design agencies as a finished artist, and for a brief stint as a bookseller and book stock manager. He has also worked as a Director of Photography for an independent film. For the last 12 years he has worked as a Senior Digital Content Producer for Government. He enjoys photographing nature, flying his drone, and designing poetry books.

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Professor Christopher (Kit) Kelen, FRSN President and Public Officer

Christopher (Kit) Kelen is a poet and painter, resident in the Myall Lakes of New South Wales, Australia. Published widely since the seventies, he has more than a dozen full length poetry collections in English, as well as translated books of poetry in Chinese, Portuguese, French, Italian, Spanish, Indonesian, Swedish, Norwegian and Filipino. His latest volume of poetry in English is Book of Mother, published by Puncher & Wattmann in 2022. Emeritus Professor at the University of Macau, where he taught for many years, in 2017, he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Malmö, in Sweden. His latest scholarly work about poetry (co-authored with You Chengcheng) is Poetics and Ethics of Anthropomorphism: Children, Animals and Poetry, published by Routledge in 2021. Series Editor for Flying Islands Pocket Poets Series, Kit has mentored many poets and translators from various parts of the world, and run a number of on-line communities of practice in poetry (most notably Project 366 [from 2016-2020]). Kit is a Fellow of the Royal Society of NSW. You can follow Kit’s work-in-progress at the Daily Kit: https://thedailykitkelen.blogspot.com/

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Brian Purcell Committee Member

Brian’s first poems were published in Poetry and Audience (Leeds, UK) in the early eighties. In 1984 he featured in Poetry Australia’s young writers’ issue, New Pressings, and since been published in many Australian magazines such as Meanjin, Imago, Scarp, Cordite, Plumwood Mountain and Southerly.
He was the singer/lyricist for the alternative band Distant Locust 1985-95 with whom he toured Europe in 1991.

He has worked for the Australian Society of Authors and the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and in 2010 founded the Bellingen Readers and Writers Festival.