Rosemary Nissen-Wade: Aussie poet and teacher of metaphysics – a personal view
My bestie nicknamed me SnakyPoet on her blog, and I liked it. (It began as
'the poet of the serpentine Northern Rivers' and became more and more abbreviated.)

About Me

Born and grew Launceston, Tasmania. Won prize for 'most original entry' in High School magazine (a long poem) at the age of 13. Completed final two years of High School in Mildura, Victoria. Won State-wide Shakespeare Memorial Society essay competition at 17. Lived many years in Melbourne before going happily sub-tropical in 1994. Attended University of Melbourne, majoring in English Literature and Philosophy, 1958-62. Career in librarianship 1962-1980. Helped start Poets Union of Australia in the late seventies. Pioneered poetry workshops in prisons in the early eighties. Formed Word of Mouth Poetry Theatre with Anita Sinclair, Ken Smeaton and Malcolm Brodie, 1986.


Universe Cat (Melbourne, Pariah Press, 1985, OP). Small Poems of April (Three Bridges, Vic., Abalone Press, 1991, OP). Secret Leopard: New and Selected Poems 1974-2005 (Paris, Alyscamps Press, 2005, ISBN 0-9764509-1-7) 
Amazon page
Smashwords (profile and book list)

Completed Reiki Master training in 1992, in the lineage of Iris Ishikuro.

Studied Ceremonial Magic, Shamanism and Druidry before coming home to Witchcraft.

Cat lover (and certain very special dogs).

Born Rosemary Robinson; married names Rosemary Freeman (briefly), Rosemary Nissen (longterm), Rosemary Wade (current); professional name, as writer /editor / writing teacher, and as metaphysical teacher and counsellor, Rosemary Nissen-Wade (superseding Rosemary Nissen); witch name – the public one – DragonStar Rose.


INFJ - "Author". Strong drive and enjoyment to help others. Complex personality. 1.5% of total population.

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