Tim Hurburgh

Director of H2o Architects, Tim Hurburgh, has released his first book Disruptions: Tasmania in Poetry – Reflections of an Architect. A collection of beautiful and creative poems in hardback format, Disruptions is an enlightening read.

Developing a creative passion for writing when invited to write a series of short stories for Highland Digest, Tim has studied poetry for the last four years. Mentored by renowned Tasmanian poet and writer Janet Upcher, Tim has explored his own poetry writing.

Firmly rooted in the Tasmanian soil on which he grew up, Tim has so far written more than thirty poems. Australian independent book publisher, Hardie Grant, loved his work and a selection was chosen to be published in Tim’s first book Disruptions

Melbourne based Tim is known for his award-winning designs at some of Australia’s foremost architectural practices in Melbourne (H2o and Bates Smart Architects), that include Swinburne University of Technology, Royal Children’s Hospital, Foxtel Headquarters Sydney, McKinnon Secondary College, Deakin University International Centre & Business Building, The Australian Embassy Berlin and Australia Post Shared Services to name a few.

Disruptions offers a refined collection of poems inspired by Tim’s hometown near the Derwent River north of Hobart, offering readers a fresh perspective on the fabled Apple Isle. The poems were written in Tasmania, on the farm where he now lives, and Melbourne. In a vibrant style with humour and frankness, Disruptions is an eclectic group of poems that embrace Tim’s personal passions as well as universal themes of the environment, special places, relationships and life events.

Tim’s poems are accompanied by brief narratives in plain prose, backgrounding the ideas explored in each poem. Readers will also enjoy a series of Tim’s vibrant sketches that have been intertwined with the poems, inspired by the tutoring he received from Melbourne painter Richard Birmingham.

‘Disruptions’ was originally chosen as the title for the major poem Tim wrote about the mental disruption of growing up and working in diametrically opposed environments. Tim later found the term fitting as the book title when he thought about the contemporary world we live in that is disrupted by catastrophic, unexpected events, such as pandemics, war and the massive strategic disruptions to the global status quo.

Disruptions: Tasmania in Poetry – Reflections of an Architect is published by Hardie Grant and is available now, RRP $30.

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