Robert Adamson, Gig Ryan, Neil Astley (facilitator)
Gig Ryan has just released a landmark collection. She and newly appointed inaugural CAL professor of Australian poetry at UTS, Robert Adamson, both legends in their own poetic lifetimes, read from their work. Host: Neil Astley.
Robert Adamson (Australian)
Robert Adamson is the inaugural CAL chair of poetry at UTS. He has published over 20 books of poetry including the prize-winning 1990 collection, The Clean Dark. Inside Out, his acclaimed autobiography, won The Age Poetry Book of the Year in 2007. The Golden Bird won the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for Poetry in 2009. In 2011 he was awarded the Patrick White Prize and the Blake Prize for Poetry. His latest book of poetry, The Kingfisher's Soul, is published by Bloodaxe Books UK. robertadamson.com
Gig Ryan's New and Selected Poems was published in 2011 by Giramondo. Her five previous collections of poetry include Pure and Applied, which won the 1999 Victorian Premier’s Prize for Poetry, and Heroic Money, which was shortlisted for the 2002 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Award. The recipient of writers’ grants and residencies from the Australia Council, she is a distinguished poetry critic, and poetry editor of The Age newspaper.
Neil Astley is editor of Bloodaxe Books, Britain's leading independent poetry publisher, which he founded in 1978. His many anthologies include Staying Alive, which has sold over 200,000 copies, Being Alive, Being Human and two collaborations with Pamela Robertson-Pearce: Soul Food and In Person, the world's first DVD poetry anthology. Neil has also published two poetry collections and two novels: The End of My Tether, which was shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel Award, and The Sheep Who Changed the World.