The Roof Milkers

The Roof Milkers (Sunline Press 20008) spans three decades of poems and two homelands. The manuscript was completed during a year at the Fellowship of Australian Writers W.A. Poetry Masterclass. Poems from this collection were selected for a CD compilation of Western Australian Poets ‘22’, recorded for schools by writingWA in 2010. The title poem was broadcast on Poetica (ABC RN).

The Roof Milkers is now out of print and available only from libraries. Read these poems from The Roof Milkers in the Poetry Sampler: Thread; Kings Square, Friday Night; To Him; The Roof Milkers.Then There is Leaving.




Her parables weren’t about men, or anyone
walking on water, alone. Mother’s strangers
were women, came like a tribe over the flat roofs
of childhood, white robed, chanting alien verses ….


The Roof Milkers

Published by Sunline Press
June 2008 - Editors Roland Leach & Kevin Gillam
78 poems - 102 pages
ISBN 978 -0-9579515-8-7

The Roof Milkers, with its broad landscape sweeps, earthy delights, subtle changes of mood from introspection to exultation, has the elements to make a collection. It is a real, honest, well-crafted, beautiful collection. And to quote from the book itself, it is "a companionship that revives me".

Poet Kevin Gillam, launch speech The Roof Milkers, Mosman Park, June 2008
Review, The Famous Reporter # 38,

Heart and mind meet here in the mix of music and imagination that constitutes the truest brand of poetry. The Roof Milkers deserves the widest possible readership.

Shane McCauley, review The Roof Milkers, Indigo Vol 3, Summer 2009

The first reading, MC’d by Sue Clennell featured the lyrically elegant Annamaria Weldon (check out her book, The Roof Milkers, it is superb!)…

W.A. Spring Poetry Festival 2009 in Review
Graham Nunn Another Lost Shark online