About Derek Motion

1514589_10152091803382258_1990131941_n (1)Hello, I’m Derek Motion, a writer and arts-worker, currently living in Wagga Wagga, regional NSW. I was most recently the Executive Officer at Western Riverina Arts (working across Narrandera, Leeton, Griffith & Murrumbidgee). I also casually tutor in Creative Writing with Charles Sturt University

I have an interest in communications and social media, and a creative practice roving across poetry, photography, and music. I am happiest when my professional role also involves utilising creative skills and working with creative people. My long-term career goal is to work more independently in content creation while maintaining the mobile, rural/remote lifestyle that nurtures my creative practice.

I am always excited about opportunities to connect and collaborate (particularly across digital platforms) and if you are too send me an email. 



Derek Motion is the winner of the 2009 Overland Judith Wright Prize, and has had work published in major journals such as Cordite Poetry ReviewMeanjin, Southerly, The Age and Overland. Poems featured in the Best Australian Poetry series 2009 and 2010.

Derek Motion obtained his creative writing PhD at CSU in 2011 (Alumni Interview here). He previously spent 5 years as the Artistic Director of the Booranga Writers’ Centre.

Derek’s most recent collection of poetry The Only White Landscape was published by Cordite Books in 2017.

Lucas Smith reviews The Only White Landscape

Derek’s first collection of poetry lollyology can be purchased here.

‘Gondwanaland’ – Cordite Poetry Review Issue 44, Editor. Derek Motion


Project Management

Willandra Three Rivers (with Western Riverina Arts):

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Activating Narrandera Arts (2 yr project with Western Riverina Arts)

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Fusion (with Booranga Writers’ Centre)

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Photography and Vis Art

Some of my explorations on instagram:



Find just a few of my audio things on Youtube:

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or Soundcloud:

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6 thoughts on “About Derek Motion”

  1. how do I join the blogroll?

  2. Partially Horizonital in Daylight?

  3. typingspace said:

    kelly – i have to add you to it. i can probably do it. the list is terribly out of date anyway. um, maybe tomorrow… or the next day…

    paul – yes. one’s library chair does tend to slant towards the horizontal axis more & more as the day progresses.

  4. Greetings, Derek,

    Would you mind dropping me an email via jskinner(at)bates(dot)edu? This may come as a surprise, but the ecopoetics issue that includes your poem “Learning About Explorers” is finally about to be printed, and I wanted to run a proof by you, plus get some additional information (short bio, mailing address). Thanks!

    Jonathan Skinner

  5. typingspace said:

    oh yeah, ecopoetics. will do jonathan.

  6. enjoy being in this space derek and reading your work

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