About Sandra Thibodeaux

I’m a poet and playwright based in Darwin, Australia. In 2011, I was Australian Poetry’s Poet-in-Residence which is when I started this blog. I used this site to document the residency, presenting some new work of my own and introducing various poets who I came across in my travels. Since then, I’ve continued writing and uploading poetry, in-between writing plays.

A brief biography …

Sandra Thibodeaux was Australian Poetry’s Poet in Residence for 2011. Sandra has published four collections of poetry, with the latest of these being DIRTY H2O (Mulla Mulla Press, 2014). Sandra has performed at festivals across Australia and in SE Asia, and has been awarded grants and prizes for her poetry and, also, her plays. In 2012, her play, Mr Takahashi (and Other Falling Secrets), was performed as part of the 70th anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Her political satire, The Lion Tamer, won the Darwin Festival Script Award in 2012, and was produced at Brown’s Mart Theatre, Darwin, directed by Alex Galeazzi. Sandra is currently writing two new plays, Whitebait and The Age of Bones (Jaman Belulang).

34 Responses to About Sandra Thibodeaux

  1. Wonderful blog Sandra, let’s try and get Julia to take notice!

  2. Bob Robson says:

    Hi Sandra! Good luck with the Sarah Palin poem 😉



    • It’s in the too-hard basket at the moment. I had a crack, but she speaks in meaningless circles all the time. I’ll have another go at a later date – when I get my patience levels up again! Best, Sandra.

  3. David - David Barnes - nick = debarnes - retired forced 80% disabled ' "grin." says:

    Hello Sandra –

    My – Name is David – David Barnes:
    A mutual Dear friend of mine gave me the drum to come and check you out – “He’s right” your a fine poet young lady – and congrats on your – Poet in Residence – I spent 10 year up in Alice & an occasional trip to Darwin.. Rob tells me that you will be coming to Perth, you’ll love it and the poetry scene here is alive and vibrant Sandra. My own pesonal site is down as I am revamping it after 10 years – Publishing Poetry Downunder & Numbat Poetry Journal left me litte time for my own site. This is where I fisrt met a ver young poet named “Rob,” and in my own way helped him and quite a few others – I hope I hear back from you – I am on Facebook ok– one year after retirement, I finally publish my first book of poetry – they think it’s my last: “grin.” as I’m 67 years old now plus my little problem-is gunna give a trip on that stairway to He..v..n, if you wish to check my book- at all – no I’m not pushing it lol .. not after all these years – try this Url below
    Have a wonderful trip traveling around a few mates do – Robs of soon- about time as well – Do you know Les Wick at all; no I’ll plug ma’-mouth, blast I know so many wonderful poets round Aust & Overseas, Hey with your poetry AIM for a trip rto Austin poet Feast – you’d love it there in America young lady- wishing you well – David-debarnes

    • Hi David. Thanks so much. Your comment has been sitting in my spam tray! Sorry about that. I just had a check in there in case. Lovely to hear from you. Do you mean Rob Walker? Yes, he’s good. Re. Perth – I’m trying but nothing is locked in yet. Re. Austin – I would love to. I’ll have to look it up. Re. your book – I’ll keep an eye out for it. That link didn’t appear?? Maybe that’s why you went to Spam. Hey, I’m not sure if you want your comment to be published ..? It was a little more of a personal note, yes? I will publish it if you want, but I erred on the side of privacy in case. Let me know. I’m on Facebook, too. Best, Sandra.

  4. jim tonkin says:

    G’day Sandra,My self,Jim Tonkin and Geraldine King are performance poets.We write and perform rhyming mainly humorous poetry about Australia,its lifestyle and characters.My poems’Roadhouse Rhonda,Mother -in-law from hell,Black market viagra and others have won medals in Australian championships.We also perform serious and traditional.We run poetry and perform at local heritage festivals.This Sunday we are performing at the Beenleigh heritage centre outside Brisbane.Next week we head off and perform on the Great southern rail to Adelaide then perform on the Ghan to Alice Springs.Then after a couple of days again to Darwin arriving in about 2 weeks.Please let me know if anything will be happening while we are there.The boss knows all the dates and where we’ll be thanks regards Jim aka “The Logan Bogan”

    • Thanks, Logan Bogan!! Look forward to seeing you here. Yes, there may be something on but I need to know the exact dates. I’m a little worried you might be too late for the annual Poetry Cup and a little too early for the annual Poetry Slam (part of the national one). In-between these is the Darwin Festival – plenty to see, but only one poetry gig and it’s next Sunday. However, let me know. Best, Sandra.

      • jim tonkin says:

        G’day Sandra,the minister for war and finance tells me we’ll be arriving on the 19th at 6pm on the rail and leaving on the 23rd at 1.30 on big bird.We are staying at the Barrimundi lodge , the Gardens

      • Sorry, Jim, you’re a bit out of luck with those dates, mate! Poetry gigs are 12th, 14th and then a month later. However, if you pick up a Darwin Festival program, you’ll find lots of entertainment in there. Shame about the timing, but have a great stay. x

  5. jim tonkin says:

    Thanks anyway Sandra, I will try and send you my mobile number through facebook in case anything happens.Funny things going on there regards Jim

  6. Amelia says:

    Hello Sandra, My name is amelia a friend of mine (Victoria Amy) recommended your blog to me and it is now in my favourites tab. i love it. I am an artist and poet and i live in an isolated country town and blogs like yours are a life saver. i would like to purchase your book if i could. thank you for sharing your beguiling and invoking words

  7. jim tonkin says:

    G’day Sandra,what a great place to live.Don’t know about the heat later on but I can see why the grey nomads come up here in winter.Not looking forward to a cold Brisbane on Tuesday regards Jim

    • Well, it can get intense in October. But I still prefer that to being cold. I hope Brisbane isn’t too cold at the moment?!?! I’ll be there on Thursday. Oh, dear … I don’t handle anything less than 20 degrees ..?

  8. jim tonkin says:

    not cold apparently at the moment,just wet.might get some mushrooms in the paddock if I’m lucky(love em)

  9. jim tonkin says:

    They lie,the men who tell us in a loud decisive tone (Henry Lawson),it’s bloody cold ,windy and showery here.Bring warm clothes.Waaaaaaaaah, I want Darwin weather again

  10. Hey, thanks for the tip, Jim. Just saw your post before getting on the plane and packed an umbrella!! Phew! Was so glad to have that. Cheers, S.

    • jim tonkin says:

      The plane from Darwin? now that’s another story.A warning light came on while we were on the runway and we had to come back for an hour,then we had to circle Brisbane for an hour as we were late,then when they tried to hook land electricity to it all the lights flashed.After several tries the captain announced they would leave one engine running and we could get off.On the way out I offered the stewards at the door $50 for it so I could wreck it in my front yard.What a heap of garbage,no wonder I hate big bird

  11. jim tonkin says:

    Could sit beside the old Fairlane and land cruiser that are going to be fixed up one day,one day.Only been there 17 years can’t rush these things.Could write a poem about the plane trip but only mainly write comedy.I got into a semifinal at the sit down comedy club a while back but didn’t have a cheer squad.Plane trips especially this one aren’t good on the jockage.Congratulations on watching Bolt.I can only stand about 2 minutes of this tory redneck dickhead.Might perform on the Indian Pacific early next year to Perth.They are supposed to be going from Brisbane in October.We are not allowed to plug our products,just display them.Never sold one book or cd.Punters are elderley but not bad who prefer a sing along or comedy to serious or classical poetry

  12. jim tonkin says:

    Wow you must have great neighbours.I bet there’s flanelette shirts on the clothes line even in summer.A mate of mine had two wrecks in his front yard. He sold 10 motors from these two.Funny though every other car he brought home always had the drivers window broken.Imagine how my status will rise when I’ve a 737 wrecking in my front yard.Starting to make material for another poem maybe

  13. jim tonkin says:

    Yes,Sandra the motors really came from the cars with a broken drivers window.Actually managed to get a mini motor out of the 1982 valiant out the front.I wouldn’t get a lend of ya !!

  14. jim tonkin says:

    On another note,while staying in Darwin we stayed at the Gardens.Just opposite our motel was a small cemetery near a golf course.Anyway one afternoon we had a walk through the cemetery and my Geraldine was a bit upset with the babies graves with the steel fence around.I think most died of thphoid which was around in those days.She has just finished writing a poem of these babies.She also 2 years ago won the award in the Queensland championships at Ravenswood for a performance of your Ted Egans “The Drovers Boy”

  15. Subhan Zein says:

    Great to find another poet from Australia!

    I’m gladly following.. 🙂

    Subhan Zein

    • Thanks, Subhan. As you’ll notice I’ve been quiet lately – mostly working on plays, I’m afraid. The poetry will flow again soon. Thanks for stopping by. Best, Sandra.

  16. Tim Frodsham says:

    hey sandra,

    i’m on the cusp of buying a ticket from maia and israh (my daughties) &i from perth to darwin (for real, this time!) on 27/12 or there abouts. plan is to stay in darwin for a few days, then head to timor, and island hop for the next three weeks to bali. want to come with us? can we stay at your place in mandorah, if you’re still there?

    Apa kabar, di mana adalah anda dan anda melakukan jaman sekarang apa?

    how are you, where are you and what are you up to these days?

    warm regards,


  17. tim frodsham says:

    hi Sandra,
    your optus net email address bounced this message, maia and israh and i will be arriving in Darwin this Thursday (27/12) evening and staying with friends in rapid creek and elsewhere in darwin. we’re staying til 2/1. let us know if you are receiving visitors. we can jump on a ferry to mandorah and say hello 🙂 my phone number til departure is 0437617292. happy xmas.

  18. Hi Tim. Yes, my Optus email just died! My new email is sandrattx@gmail.com – note the double ‘t’! I just came on here to adjust the settings accordingly. Cath told me you’d arrived. I said we should maybe hang out at Mandorah Pub on Sunday. Cheers. And welcome back! x

  19. Janet Poscoliero-Dixon says:

    Hey sweet cheeks – thought about you on your 50th and many times before and since.
    Hope things are good with you

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