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Cameron Semmens

Poet. Author. Poetry Educator.

... also ...

Co-founder of Wattle & Willow Books:
Self-publishing Consultancy. Book Design. Independent Publisher.

Who is this Cameron Semmens?

Well, this is a question that he often asks himself. He is many things, as we all are. Most definitely he is a poet; an award-winning and prolifically published one at that. But he also does book designing, publishing consultancy and facilitates creative writing workshops for students and adults across Australia. He also has worked as a carer and mental health support worker for many years and is presently studying his Bachelor of Counselling, where he seeks to unite this professional therapy with his creative practices.

He has described himself at various times as: a connoisseur of fine words, a soul plumber, a professor of heartbreak, a force of dadness, and a truly lucky guy having the love-wind of Ramak, three beautiful kiddies and a supportive crowd of family and friends.

Cameron has published 27 books, released 6 spoken word albums, has had many individual poems published in magazines and journals, and currently he curates 2 podcasts:

Shards – The 1 Poem Podcast of Cameron Semmens 

The Persian and The Poet
where Cameron Semmens and Ramak Bamzar share poems of love and wonder in English and Farsi.

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Upcoming workshops run by Cam

  • Cam's Poetry Workshop – Personification.
    Cam's Poetry Workshop – Personification.
    Thu, 10 Aug
    10 Aug 2023, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    10 Aug 2023, 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
    One of the best tools a poet can wield. That’s what I reckon. Endowing objects with personhood can bring the whole world alive! Let’s chat with furniture and see what the afternoon breeze has to say to us.
  • Cam's Poetry Workshops
    Cam's Poetry Workshops
    Thu, 10 Aug
    10 Aug 2023, 7:30 pm – 31 Aug 2023, 9:30 pm
    10 Aug 2023, 7:30 pm – 31 Aug 2023, 9:30 pm
    I just loving writing poetry, and I love helping others discover their own beautiful words, so I decided to run some online Winter workshops.
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Cam's latest releases:

Just a few of his books...

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10 poems I like ...maybe you'll like 'em too!

27 April 2022

Upside Drowning ... poems from the edge of the ocean


It's a Pundemic! ... vi-really bad poems ready to spread!


10 poems that could really help you through a tough spot

2nd Edition, 2022

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Have a REAL LIVE poet in your class!

School Incursions by Cameron Semmens

"I love bringing poetry to schools! Let me bring your students alive to the power and potential of a poem... on page, or on stage!"

– Cam

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W A T T L E  &  W I L L O W  B O O K S

Self-publishing Consultancy. Book Design. Independent Publisher.

“Moving your book from dream to reality!”

The Wattle & Willow Books creative team is Cameron Semmens and Ramak Bamzar... and they offer 2 key services:



where they help you find to best pathway to publish your book 



where they do book and cover design and assist you in the printing process until you have your book in your hands

With reasonable, flat-rate pricing Wattle & Willow Books exists to help people discern the best self-publishing pathway and to create gorgeous books.

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A few key awards and accolades Cameron has achieved over the years...

In page poetry:

•    2nd place – Port Writers Open Literary Competition, 2018 – poetry section.

•    Finalist in The Newcastle Poetry Prize, 2017.

•    Winner of Port Writers Open Literary Competition, 2017 – poetry section.

•    Winner of Port Writers Open Literary Competition, 2017 – non-fiction section.

•    Winner of the PAVE / Woorilla Poetry Prize, 2015.

•    Winner of the Fellowship of Australian Writers, QLD, poetry competition, 2014.

In books:

•    Winner of the CALEB Prize, 2014, poetry section – The Poetry of Home.

•    Shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of The Year, 2014 –

                Love is The New Black, 3rd edition.

•    Shortlisted for Australian Christian Book of The Year, 2012; and Grand Overall Winner of the CALEB Prize, 2012 – The ZOO in YOU.

•    Finalist for the CALEB Prize: Reviewers Choice, 2011 – Give a Man a Fish.

In performance poetry:

•    2nd place – Slamalamadingdong, July Poetry Slam, 2017.

•    Finalist – CBAA Community Radio Awards, 2016 – for a series of ads promoting Belgrave Heights Christian School all based around original poems by Cameron Semmens.

•    2nd place – Slamalamadingdong, grand final, 2015.        

•    Grand finalist – Poetry Idol, 2009.

•    Winner – NSW Writer's Centre Poetry Cup, 1999.

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Melbourne, VIC, Australia

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