Rachael Mead

Rachael Mead is a South Australian novelist and poet. She’s the author of the novels The Application of Pressure (Affirm Press 2020) and The Art of Breaking Ice (Affirm Press 2023) as well as four collections of poetry. She holds a PhD in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide and was awarded the Barbara Hanrahan Fellowship at the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature in 2022. She is also co-host of Adelaide’s Dog-Eared Readings.

Author's books



Weathered explores the era in which we find ourselves – the Anthropocene – and how we are transforming the world on a cataclysmic scale. The climate emergency is altering our weather, landscapes and our connections to place. Covid-19 has upended our social systems and sense of security. Circling the intimate connections between place, memory and identity, these poems trace the psychological fallout of anthropogenic change to our ecologies and climactic patterns. Weathered weaves together the physical, emotional, and social landscapes transfigured by the Anthropocene and Covid-19 into a poetic history of memory and transformation.