"Free verse isn’t a waste of time. I already knew that really, but Girlery’s a reminder. It’s a fresh book: 2 parts Tyra Banks and 3 parts country girl. The first poem ‘Goddesses, the Bomb’ is a declaration that the poems will be as literary as fuck, but they won’t groan about their own weight. Hooray!" - Michael Farrell
Melinda Bufton's debut is a collection of playful notes on twenty-first century living, imbued with burlesque, pop culture pilgrimage, misplaced identities and alchemy. Join the string of questing girls contained within as they strategise, dance, traverse dusty landscapes and thoughtfully sip a drink in a Paris nightclub on a sweaty August night. Girlery is a forward-thinking romp through urbanity as seen through post Riot-girl sensibilities.
Emily Bitto in Cordite
A.J.Carruthers in Southerly 74.1
Launch speech: Michael Farrell