riversalt by Lou Smith

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Weaving stories of migration, colonisation and diaspora, Lou Smith’s collection riversalt follows her family’s patterns of migrations from North Wales, Jamaica and England to her hometown of Newcastle, Australia. Inspired by all manner of things including literature, science, personal stories, folklore, and artworks, the poems in riversalt are both personal and historical, contemplating notions of memory, ‘home’, and belonging, in a meditation on the meaning of ‘place’.

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Louise (Lou) Smith is a Melbourne-based poet and researcher of welsh, Jamaican and English heritage who grew up in Newcastle, NSW. Her writing has appeared in various Australian and international journals and anthologies including Wasafiri, Overland, Mascara Literary Review, The Caribbean Writer, Kunapipi, sx Salon, EnterText and the chapbook Mining. Lou gained a PhD in creative writing from The University of Melbourne examining both place and the photographic image as sites of memory. As well as a zine maker and festival organiser, Lou was a radio presenter for many years on 2NUR Community Radio, Newcastle and 3CR Community Radio, Melbourne. She has spoken and performed at many festivals and conferences including This is Not Art, festival and the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Lou has also worked as a sessional teacher of creative writing at The University of Melbourne and run creative writing workshops at Victoria University. She is co-founder of independent publisher Breakdown Press. This is Lou’s first collection of poetry.