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Judith Beveridge (1956 – )

Judith Beveridge, photo courtesy University of Queensland Press Judith Beveridge, photo courtesy University of Queensland Press

Judith Beveridge was born in London, England, in 1956, and migrated with her family to Australia in 1960. She grew up and went to school in the western suburbs of Sydney, later attending the University of Technology, Sydney. Having decided when she left school to dedicate herself to writing poetry, she took part-time jobs in offices and libraries in order to allow herself time to write. Her first book The Domesticity of Giraffes (1987) was a tremendous success, winning the Dame Mary Gilmore Award, the New South Wales Premier’s Award and the Victorian Premier’s Award in 1988. Her fourth book Wolf Notes (2004) won the Victorian Premier’s Award and the Age Book of the Year Award for poetry.

Beveridge has taught creative writing at the University of Technology, Sydney, the University of Newcastle, and the University of Sydney, as well as at adult colleges. She co-edited the poetry anthology A Parachute of Blue (1995) and has also worked on the poetry magazines Hobo and Kalimat. She has been a member of Literature Board of the Australia Council, and in 2005 became poetry editor of the literary journal Meanjin.

Poetry Collections
  • The Domesticity of Giraffes (Wentworth Falls, NSW: Black Lightning Press, 1987).
  • Accidental Grace (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1996).
  • How to Love Bats: and other poems (Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2001).
  • Wolf Notes (Artarmon, NSW: Giramondo, 2004).
  • Storm and Honey (Artarmon, NSW: Giramondo, 2009).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Judith Beveridge, ‘How Poets Work: Judith Beveridge,’ Five Bells 9.4 (2002), pp. 31–32.
  • Judith Beveridge, ‘Towards the Possible: A Personal Poetics,’ Meanjin 48.2 (1989), pp. 333–336.
  • Margaret Bradstock, ‘Judith Beveridge’ in Selina Samuels, ed. Australian Writers 1975–2000 (Detroit: Gale Research, 2006): pp. 31–38.
  • Jenny Digby, ‘The Beauty of the Essential World,’ A Woman’s Voice: Conversations with Australian Poets (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1996).
  • Martin Duwell, ‘Intricate Knots and Vast Cosmologies: The Poetry of Judith Beveridge’, Australian Literary Studies 19.3 (May 2000), pp. 243–53.
  • Rosanna Licari, ‘Judith Beveridge [interview],’ Stylus Poetry Journal no.20 (2006), online, http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/25840/20060122-0000/www.styluspoetryjournal.com/main/masterb970.html?id=617
  • Greg McLaren, ‘An Interview with Judith Beveridge,’ Southerly 62.3 (2002), pp. 50–61.
  • Geoff Page, ‘Judith Beveridge’, A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995), pp. 21–24.
  • Barry Spurr, The Poetry of Judith Beveridge (Glebe, NSW: Pascal Press, 1999).