Readings' regular poetry event features Spinifex author Jordie Albiston (Body in Time/Nervous Arcs), along with Jennifer Harrison and Josephine Rowe.
Author/Editor: Diane Fahey & Jordie Albiston
Diane Fahey was born in Melbourne, Australia. A poet, her work features both distinctively Australian and European, settings and preoccupations. Dominant concerns are Greek myth, fairy tales, visual art and landscape, and increasingly, ecological themes. Her interest in mystery stories and in blending genres informs her recently completed The Mystery of Rosa Morland, the first of a trilogy of novels. Her collections of poetry are: Voices from the Honeycomb (1986), Metamorphoses (1988), Turning the Hourglass (1990), Mayflies in Amber (1993), The Body in Time (1995), Listening to a Far Sea (1998), and The Sixth Swan (2001). Diane has won various awards including the Mattara Poetry Prize and the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize. In 2001, one of her poems was shortlisted for the Davoren Hanna Poetry Prize in Ireland.
She has been the recipient of writing grants from the Australia Council and from state arts bodies in Victoria and South Australia. In 1993, Diane was a fellow at Hawthornden International Writers' Centre, and has been writer in residence at Ormond College, University of Melbourne, and at the University of Adelaide. In 1999, she was awarded a residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Co. Monaghan, Ireland.
Jordie Albiston was born in 1961 in Melbourne. She studied flute at the Victorian College of the Arts before turning to writing. Her poetry has been widely published in Australia and overseas and she has performed her work on radio and international television. She has edited Divan (1998).
Jordie Albiston has published four collections of poetry, including Nervous Arcs (1995) winner of the Mary Gilmore Award, Botany Bay Document (1996), The Hanging of Jean Lee (1998) and the The Fall (2003). She was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the C.J. Dennis Prize for Poetry in 2003; and for the New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards and the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry in 2004. She was joint winner of the Wesley Michel Wright Award in 1991, and has also won the Dinny O’Hearn Memorial Fellowship. She has a PhD in Literature, enjoys cooking, being in the ocean, and long walks with her dog, Jack.
Listening to a Far Sea 1998 Shortlisted for the Age Book of the Year Award, Poetry Section
Mayflies in Amber 1994 Shortlisted, John Bray Poetry Award at the Adelaide Festival of Arts
Metamorphoses 1988 Shortlisted, N.S.W., Premier's Awards
Metamorphoses 1988 Shortlisted, Victorian Premiers Award
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