An armchair activist, she signs petitions, distributes leaflets, super-glues anti-fracking posters to billboards and bus-shelters. Bumper stickers –“Save Our Tree-Huggers”, “Protect Our Oceans” − shout their message from her van. She conserves water, uses solar power, recycles, composts, sends almost nothing to landfill. She’s ordinary, nothing special just your everyday environmentalist. At Christmas (and whenever conscience bites) feel-good donations go out to charities. She remembers to give way at pedestrian crossings, even at roundabouts, to parents with prams and toddlers, supports emerging poets, helps grandchildren write essay drafts. And when she does, it’s a bigger hit than Xanax.
Margaret Bradstock has eight published collections of poetry, including The Pomelo Tree (winner of the Wesley Michel Wright Prize) and Barnacle Rock (winner of the Woollahra Festival Award, 2014). Editor of Antipodes (2011) and Caring for Country (2017), Margaret won the Banjo Paterson Poetry Award in 2014, 2015 and 2017. Her latest collection, from Puncher & Wattmann, is Brief Garden (2019).