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Judith Beveridge

Judith Beveridge

b. 1956

Judith Beveridge (born 1956) migrated with her family from London to Sydney in 1960 where she has lived ever since. Although she has only published three books of poetry (a fourth volume is due in...
Peter Boyle

Peter Boyle

b. 1951

Peter Boyle (b. 1951) grew up in Melbourne and Sydney, graduating from Sydney University specialising in Philosophy and Literature. He began writing poetry at age 15 but it was not until 42 that his...
Joanne Burns

Joanne Burns

b. 1945

joanne burns was born in Sydney in 1945 and has lived there for most of her life, never far from the shores of Sydney Harbour. Over a dozen collections of her writing have been published. Her first...
Caroline Caddy

Caroline Caddy

b. 1944

Caroline Caddy was born in Perth, Western Australia, 1944 and spent her childhood in the United States of America and Japan. Since then Caroline has lived much of her life in Western Australia, where...
Alison Croggon

Alison Croggon

b. 1962

Alison Croggon (b. 1962) has been described as "one of the most assured of a new generation of Australian poets." She is the author of three full-length collections published in Australia, whilst a...
Luke Davies

Luke Davies

b. 1962

Luke Davies (b.1962) is a critically acclaimed poet, novelist, and screenplay writer. Davies was raised in the Sydney suburb of West Pymble, and studied Arts at the University of Sydney. His third...
Stephen Edgar

Stephen Edgar

b. 1951

Stephen Edgar (b. 1951) has been described by Clive James as standing out "among recent Australian poets for the perfection of his craft, a limitless wealth of cultural reference and an unmatched...
Brook Emery

Brook Emery

b. 1949

In launching the second collection of poems by Brook Emery, University of Newcastle lecturer and critic Christopher Pollnitz declared "Misplaced Heart is the best book of Australian poetry I've read...
Peter Goldsworthy

Peter Goldsworthy

b. 1951

Peter Goldsworthy (b. 1951) has been described as "one of the most skilled and satisfying poets in Australia," (A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry). Born in Minlaton, S. Australia he...
Susan Hampton

Susan Hampton

b. 1949

Susan Hampton (b. 1949) was born in Inverell, New South Wales. She taught literature and journalism and has been writer-in-residence at several Australian universities. Since 1992, she has lived in...
Kris Hemensley

Kris Hemensley

b. 1946

Kris Hemensley was born in 1946 on the Isle of Wight, in the UK. His father was English, his mother from the illustrious Tawa family of Alexandria. The family lived in Egypt between 1949-52,...
Clive James

Clive James

b. 1939

Clive James (b. 1939, Sydney) is well known to UK audiences for work throughout the cultural sphere. His career as a poet has continued alongside work that is, perhaps, more high-profile - he is the...
Anthony Lawrence

Anthony Lawrence

b. 1957

Anthony Lawrence was born in 1957 in Tamworth. He left school early, taking up work as a Jackeroo, going on to work as a landscape gardener, fisherman and truck driver. Later he studied primary...
Geoffrey Lehmann

Geoffrey Lehmann

b. 1940

Geoffrey Lehmann was born in Sydney in 1940, his childhood was spent at McMahon's Point on Sydney Harbour.  Educated at Anglican schools, Lehmann went on to study arts and law, graduating from the...
Les Murray

Les Murray

b. 1938

Les Murray (b. 1938) grew up the only son of poor farmers in a remote valley in New South Wales. It was a hard background but one that instilled in him a love of the landscape and people of rural...
David Musgrave

David Musgrave

b. 1965

David Musgrave (b. 1965) traces his ancestry to English and Irish convicts and free settlers who came to Australia in the early nineteenth century. Among his forebears are an American Sea captain...
Jan Owen

Jan Owen

b. 1940

Jan Owen, born in Adelaide in 1940, traces her lineage back through generations of Welsh seafarers and Cornish miners. She studied arts and librarianship and raised three children before claiming...
Geoff Page

Geoff Page

b. 1940

Geoff Page is a poet, reviewer and advocate for Australian poetry. Born in Grafton on the north coast of New South Wales, into a conservative and politically active family of graziers on the Clarence...
Michael Sharkey

Michael Sharkey

b. 1946

Michael Sharkey (b. 1946) grew up in country and suburban New South Wales, the eldest of six children. His parents farmed, then moved to the suburbs. His mother was a painter and his father a science...
Vivian Smith

Vivian Smith

b. 1933

Vivian Smith (b. 1933) was born and grew up in Hobart, Tasmania. He lectured in French at the University of Tasmania for ten years before moving to the University of Sydney where he was Reader in...

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