Deb Westbury has been a familiar and respected voice in Australian poetry since her work was first published in 1975. She has developed a dual career as a writer and teacher. Deb is an inspirational educator and speaker, as well as an entertaining reader of her own poetry. With an undergraduate degree in teaching and a Master of Creative Arts degree in writing, she teaches courses in creative writing at various universities, for community groups and high schools throughout Australia. Deb resides in the Blue Mountains and is actively involved with Varuna, The National Writers’ House. Since her first collection of poetry, Mouth to Mouth, was published in 1990 Deb has written Our Houses are Full of Smoke (Angus and Robertson, 1994), Surface Tension (Five Islands Press, 1998) and, Flying Blind (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2002), and, most recently, her new and selected poems, The View From Here (Brandl & Schlesinger, 2008).


1990: Mouth to Mouth

1994:  Our Houses are Full of Smoke (Angus and Robertson)

1998: Surface Tension (Five Islands Press)

2002:  Flying Blind (Brandl & Schlesinger)


Deb Westbury - Crime and Punishment

deb Westbury - bone song