Bronwyn Lovell


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Bronwyn Lovell Chrysalis Butterfly Poetry

Chrysalis is a journey through poetry and music, weaving the complexity of the relatively short life cycle of the butterfly with larger ideas about what it is to be human. The poems have been researched to be scientifically correct explorations of insect development, while also navigating wider themes of transience and transformation, vulnerability and resilience. Bronwyn’s poetry is accompanied by the sublime sounds of harpist Michael Johnson, the musician-in-residence from Melbourne’s Royal Botanic Gardens. The words and music intertwine to create a fascinating performance.


Chrysalis was first performed at the University of Melbourne in 2012 with support from the Hannah Barry Memorial Award for Performing Arts.

Bronwyn’s manuscript of butterfly poetry was subsequently shortlisted for a 2013 Varuna Publisher Fellowship with Picaro Press, as well as the 2013 Doire Press International Poetry Chapbook Competition. Her butterfly poetry suite Life Lepidopteran was shortlisted for the 2013 Newcastle Poetry Prize.

For booking information for Chrysalis, or to order a handmade chapbook of Bronwyn’s suite of butterfly poems, please contact: