Grades 10 - 12

The Poetic Voice

Rediscover Steven Herrick’s bittersweet comedy Love, Ghosts & Nose Hair (University of Queensland Press), as he explores the promise of first love, the sorrow of grief and the power of the poetic voice. 

First published in 1996, Love, Ghosts & Nose Hair was Steven’s first verse-novel for young adults, following sixteen-year-old Jack who lives with his dad and older sister, Desiree. Jack is obsessed with Annabel, a beautiful girl at school, the ghost of his mother, and nose hair. 

The book was shortlisted for the 1997 CBCA Book of the Year and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and was newly reissued in 2017. Students can enjoy the power and humour of Steven's poetry focusing on this classic verse-novel and a selection of poems from his many other books.

Steven Herrick

Steven Herrick

Steven Herrick is the author of twenty-three books for children and young adults. He is widely regarded as a pioneer of the verse-novel genre. His books have been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards on eight occasions and he has twice won the NSW Premier's Literary Awards. He also writes travel books and loves cycling (the transport used around the world), football (the game played around the world), and food (the stuff eaten around the world!). Steven’s books include Pookie Aleera is Not My Boyfriend, Love Poems and Leg Spinners, and Another Night in Mullet Town. Steven’s first novel in verse, Love, Ghosts & Nose Hair, and its sequel A Place Like This, celebrate a special reissue from the University of Queensland Press this year.