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Poet, Author, Editor, Creative Writing Tutor/Facilitator

Teacher of Metaphysics, Metaphysical Counsellor 
Reiki Master, Spiritual Healer 
Tarot Teacher, Psychic Medium, Witch 


Born and grew Launceston, Tasmania (Australia). Lived many years in Melbourne before going happily sub-tropical in 1994. Career in librarianship 1962-1980. Helped start Poets Union of Australia in the late seventies. Pioneered poetry workshops in prisons in the early eighties. Formed Word of Mouth Poetry Theatre with Anita Sinclair, Ken Smeaton and Malcolm Brodie, 1986. Ran poetry workshops and taught Creative Writing / Professional Writing courses in Neighbourhood Centres, libraries, prisons, TAFE and tertiary colleges.... 

Currently
#Mentor to VoW Writers (a sub-group of Pottsville Beach Village of Women, NSW) with branches in Pottsville and Murwillumbah.
#Coordinator of the international online blogging community, Poets and Storytellers United.
#Regular participant, and sometime featured reader and slam winner, Poets Out Loud monthly readings, Murwillumbah.

Books: Universe Cat (Melbourne, Pariah Press, 1985, OP). Small Poems of April (Three Bridges, Vic., Abalone Press, 1991, OP). Secret Leopard: New and Selected Poems 1974-2005 (Paris, Alyscamps Press, 2005, ISBN 0-9764509-1-7). Also see the links below for my collaborations and chapbooks.

Amazon page
Smashwords (profile and book list) 


Completed Reiki Master training in 1992 in the lineage of Iris Ishikuro.

Studied Ceremonial Magic, Shamanism and Druidry before coming home to Witchcraft. 


Cat lover (and certain very special dogs).

Books: Universe Cat (Melbourne, Pariah Press, 1985, OP). Small Poems of April (Three Bridges, Vic., Abalone Press, 1991, OP). Secret Leopard: New and Selected Poems 1974-2005 (Paris, Alyscamps Press, 2005, ISBN 0-9764509-1-7) 



Names: born Rosemary Robinson; married names Rosemary Freeman (briefly), Rosemary Nissen (longterm), Rosemary Wade (current); professional name, as writer /editor / writing teacher, and as metaphysical teacher and counsellor, Rosemary Nissen-Wade; witch name DragonStar Rose.



Personality

INFJ - "Author". Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.
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