Vanessa is a writer and poet. Her first collection of poetry, To Catch the Light, won the inaugural John Knight Memorial Poetry Manuscript Prize and was Commended for the 2013 Anne Elder Award. Her second collection, The Conversation of Trees, was published by Hope Street Press in 2017. Vanessa’s poetry has been published in journals and anthologies in Australia and overseas, and has been broadcast on national radio. She lives in the Blue Mountains.