Ivy Ireland, and PhD candidate at the University of Newcastle, and sometime magician’s assistant, was one of the Poets Union Australian Young Poets Fellows in 2007. The fellowship culminated in the launch of her first book incidental complications. Ivy has a penchant for mysticism, cosmology, harping and sideshow performance and has performed at various events including This Is Not Art, The Big Day Out, Canberra Folk Festival and The Peats Ridge Festival.
She was also the glorious winner of the inaugural Pigeon Poetry championship. Ireland’s poem 'Velocity' was first home – courtesy of Jimbala, the silver blue bar pigeon hen – in the 20km race along the NSW South Coast to determine the fastest verse in the nation. Jimbala, carrying Ireland’s poem about the exploits of a famous World War II carrier pigeon attached to one of its feet, flew the distance in a near record time of 15.22 minutes – overcoming winds gusts and lurking falcons.