Esther Ottaway is an award-winning Australian poet who often writes about women’s experiences. She was shortlisted in the world’s largest poetry prize, the Montreal International, in 2020. Her poetry features in the noted anthology Thirty Australian Poets and in leading newspapers, literary journals and anthologies. Her book Blood Universe: poems on pregnancy was critically acclaimed and her new collection, Intimate, Low-voiced, Delicate Things, will be released in early 2021 by Puncher & Wattmann. Esther’s work is online at

Esther featured in the 2008 Red Room project, Nightwrighting.