Australian poet and environmental activist whose literary works include The Moving Image, Hunting Snake, and Birds. After publishing A Human Pattern: Selected Poems, she became the 1991 recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.
She studied at the University of Sydney. She published her debut poetic work, The Moving Image, in 1946.
She was the president of the Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland from 1965-1976.
She and novelist Jack McKinney married twelve years after the birth of their daughter.
She was a literary contemporary of fellow Australian poet Dorothy Hewett.