Drifting Past a Window (working title)

Esme can fly. She found that out when she was quite young by accident. Otherwise she’s an average young woman. She has a fascination with flight and the natural world but struggles to connect with others and her life on the ground. She meets Dorothy when she’s at a low point, overwhelmed by her own and the world’s problems. Dorothy is a wonder, unlike anyone she has ever known and vulnerable in a different way. Friendship changes them both.

This poetic sequence is about coming of age, a re-balancing of self worth and the relationship with others, nature and the world.

Mychael Barratt imageMany thanks for the use of this image by Mychael Barratt  


I Dream of Houses all the Time 

I Dream of Houses All the Time is a jointly written dialogue-in-verse by poets Cath Drake and Jocelyn Page, written across distance and time.

Two voices, two women from opposite sides of the world, Australia and the US, move to London. One is married for the second time with kids, and the other is single, never married with no kids. Relocation and the approach of their middle years bring a swirl of reflections on home, safety and belonging with its swings of luck, choice, intention, relationships, family, stability, doubts and ambitions. The women’s inner thoughts intertwine as a year passes and fortunes change. Stories are unearthed from childhood to the present day. Who is listening?  Can we ever really reach other and expect another to understand our experience?

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