Little Bones

in Red Clay

The new poetry collection from Helga Jermy, an intimate exploration of the emotional and physical landscapes of her new home

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Meet the Poet

About Helga

Helga is an English/Estonian poet, now living on Tasmania’s northwest coast.

Her poems, which mainly focus on identity, place and occasional experimental form, have appeared in many journals and anthologies, including Rabbit, Australian Poetry anthologies and journals, Cordite Poetry Review, Island and Contemporary Australian Feminist Poetry.

Her work has been shortlisted for the Overland Judith Wright Poetry Prize and UK Bridport Prize for poetry and flash fiction, plus longlisted for the UK National Poetry Prize.




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Little bones in red clay is an unearthing: a small and personal quest to discover why we pursue the things we do – why we migrate, why art matters, how political dialogue sparks our veins, how love of landscape makes us tread carefully but awkwardly.

This collection of poems explores identity and place at the interface of global fragility, testing light and dark, and the persistence of play.


Being denied access to a place, by necessity you invent it.

In these poems, the author explores cultural identity and loss as the daughter of an Estonian dislocated from his family and country by post-war turmoil. Based on fractured truths, fairy tales and longings, this collection is a personal mosaic of a land and her place in it.

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