Robert Gray, Rhyll McMaster, Tricia Dearborn, Geoffrey Lehmann (facilitator)
Renowned poets and editors of a landmark anthology of Australian verse, Geoffrey Lehmann and Robert Gray, are joined by Rhyll McMaster and Tricia Dearborn, from the collection in a special event of reading and reflecting on what makes poetry Australian.
Robert Gray (Australian)
Robert Gray is the author of eight books of poetry and a prize-winning memoir, The Land I Came Through Last. He has edited the poetry of John Shaw Neilson and the journals of the painter John Olsen, and has won numerous awards for his poetry including the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, The Age Book of the Year for poetry and the Patrick White Award. He recently co-edited Australian Poetry Since 1788 with Geoffrey Lehmann.
Geoffrey Lehmann has published seven collections of poetry and a Selected Poems and Collected Poems. He has edited two anthologies of Australian comic verse and co-edited (with Robert Gray) several anthologies of Australian poetry, the most recent being Australian Poetry Since 1788. He has been a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and continues to write as a literary reviewer for The Australian newspaper. His poems are widely published, most recently in The New Yorker.
Rhyll McMaster’s poetry was published in The Bulletin while she was still a schoolgirl. Her work has won acclaim and awards including the C.J. Dennis Prize and the Grace Leven Poetry Prize. Her poems have been broadcast and adapted for national radio and television. She has staged her poetry in a performance piece with a singer and a four-piece rock band. Her poetry and prose are interconnected, with many phrases from her poems reappearing as prose in her award-winning first novel, Feather Man. rhyll mcmaster.com