Vanessa Kirkpatrick is an award-winning poet and writer. Her first poetry collection, To Catch the Light, won the John Knight Poetry Manuscript Prize and was Commended for the Anne Elder Award. Her second collection, The Conversation of Trees, was published in 2017. Vanessa has a PhD in English literature and is an experienced teacher and creative writing mentor. She is the Senior Programs Officer at Varuna The National Writers’ House, as well as working as a primary school literacy and EALD teacher.