Roots Grown Deep: A Selection of Australian Poems


Noela McNamara’s fifth book is a selection of poems written over decades to embrace the past and the present in a celebration of life, place and belonging. Readers are invited to take a poetic journey to explore the beauty and depth of the Australian spirit, deeply rooted in the land and the psyche of the Australian people through the constant presence of natural and man-made disasters.

The themes range from the beginnings and history of Australia, through to the country’s natural beauty, its people and culture, and the special place that is tropical north Queensland, where Noela lives.

  • Title: Roots Grown Deep: A Selection of Australian Poems
  • Published by: Jabiru Publishing
  • Year of publishing: 2020
  • Book format: Paperback
  • Pages: 103
  • ISBN: 9780648574163

Noela McNamara

Noela McNamara began writing poetry and stories while she was a teenager living on the farming outskirts of Brisbane. She studied literature as a mature-age student, gained several degrees and certificates, and tutored at James Cook University Cairns in English and Indigenous Australian Studies. Now both retired, Noela and her husband share time with their children and twelve grandchildren in Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and Canada. A large family with accompanying laughter and tears, as well as umpteen notebooks of “scribblings” squirrelled away over many decades, inspire her lively imagination to continue to create poems and stories.