Jill McKeowen (1959 – 2022) spent her formative years under the wide skies of the Central West in NSW before the family moved to Umina Beach on the Central Coast. In her adult life, Jill lived in London, Sydney and Townsville, and arrived in Newcastle just as the closure of BHP heralded a new identity for the city. For 20 years, she was a teacher of academic language and literacies at the University of Newcastle. She had one daughter, one dog and a garden that needed more consistent attention.
Jill’s poems appeared in several anthologies, including Grieve 2015, Poetry & Place 2015, The Olley Poems, ear to earth, To End All Wars, Women of Words 2016-2018, and annual anthologies from Newcastle Poetry at the Pub, where she was a regular reader. Sunday Morning, Here is her first collection of poetry.