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Colleen Keating / Hildegard of Bingen: A poetic journey


‘Hildegard of Bingen was a woman of extraordinary creative expression and this book approaches her wisdom through the gift of poetry which allows us to move into a more intuitive space. It is a book to slow us down, that invites us to ponder, and calls us to follow Hildegard towards a growing greenness in our lives.’ – Christine Valters Paintner, PhD, REACE, Abbey of the Arts

‘Hildegard’s life sings and dances across the pages of this engaging harmony of her works, set out in this poetic journey that commences at the twilight of her life and rewinds back through the lens of time. Hildegard’s many gifts – including her charm – are expertly embedded. A very enjoyable and fascinating read.’ – Dr Christine Cameron

‘Colleen Keating brings to this impressive collection some very fine, positively Hildegardian qualities – a robust earthiness, an inner strength, a passion for justice and a fiery light.’ – Dr Mary O’Connell

‘What an oeuvre! What a superb and elaborate work! These nine books of poems by Australian poet Colleen Keating tell Hildegard’s story in a stunning way. The reader feels put into the landscape and ambience of Hildegard’s medieval cloistered world. Thus I highly recommend reading, tasting and meditating on this poetic journey with Hildegard of Bingen.’ – Dr Annette Esser, Founder and President of the Scivias Institute for Art and Spirituality, Germany.978 1 76041 766 6, 248ppVersions

My first copy in my hand
just arrived in the mail.
a twenty year journey to now

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This my second book of poetry is published by Ginninderra Press.

It is available for purchase on line at It is also available as paperback or Kindle at

Over 80  recent poems  are divided into 8 sections on different themes.

The launch, by  Beverley George, an Internationally and nationally renowned Japanese poet was on Sunday afternoon 19th November 2017

The venue was NSW Writers Centre Rozelle with 60 enthusiastic friends and colleagues.


Poetry and Prose  edited by Colleen Keating & Decima Wraxall.    This is the cover of our new Anthology launched on Tuesday evening 10th November 2016, by Siobhan Colman, the Convenor of the Women Writers Network.   I am the co-editor with Decima Wraxall and we are both very proud of the publication.  We gathered in the Judith Wright Room at the NSW Writers Centre at Rozelle to celebrate and launch, sell and sign our new publication. It was a stellar evening with plenty of sparkling wine to celebrate.   Twenty -eight women writers belonging to the Women Writers’ Network showcase one or more pieces  of their writing – 159 pages of prose and poetry to enjoy.


My first book of poetry is published by Ginninderra Press.

It is available for purchase on line at It is also available as paperback or Kindle at

Over 80  recent poems  are divided into 8 sections on different themes.

The launch, by  Siobhan Colman, convenor of the Women Writers Network was on Sunday afternoon 1st March 2015.

The venue was Sappho Book Cafe  at Glebe with 70 enthusiastic friends and colleagues.



On the page called ACHIEVEMENTS  you can read a review of A Call to Listen . This is published in the journal  of the Society of Women Writers NSW,     Women’s   INK  . Thanks to Judith for her insightful review.






An Anthology of Poetry and Prose edited by Colleen Keating, Decima Wraxall and Silda Trainor Publ. 2013 RAXA Books NSW. We launched our Anthology Our Women’s Work at the Harold Park Hotel in Glebe with a great celebration. It was planned for Anne Deveson, one of our National Treasures and author of many books to launch the Anthology. However on the evening Anne was unwell, but the book was unveiled by our convenor and playwright Siobhan Colman and set free and sold well. It includes the writing, prose and poetry of 22 women from the Women Writers Network from the NSW Writers’ Centre Our Women’s Work has been short listed in the International Indie Book Awards 2014. Our writers group celebrated this with champagne and nibblies at our recent Wednesday meeting. We are all very proud to be able to have the gold star* on our Anthology Indie Book Award *Finalist Certificate in Women’s Issues *Finalist Medal and Certificate in Anthology. Congratulations to all.


feather “Thus am I a feather on the breath of God” says Hildegard of Bingen Being Short listed for the Dame Mary Gilmore Poetry Award 2015 has been affirming. The poem in search of Hildegard of Bingen ( a 12th century German mystic) has been commended in the Society of Women Writers of NSW, Dame Mary Gilmore Poetry Awards. Congratulations to Cynthia Rowe for first place. My poem was inspired by my trips to Germany to walk in Hildegard’s footsteps. The poem has a surprise ending. You will have to wait for my new book of poetry which will be published later this year. (2016) It will be published in an Anthology of winning entries both short stories and poetry in Women’s Ink 3 later this year. logo * * * * * * * * 2016