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Caroline Caddy (1944 – )

Caroline Caddy was born in Perth in 1944. Her mother was Australian and her father American, and she spent part of her childhood in the United States and in Japan. After completing high school she lived in various parts of Western Australia, working for a time as a travelling dental nurse with the Western Australian Road Dental Unit. She has a longstanding interest in Asian culture, and has travelled widely in China. In 1992, she travelled aboard the icebreaker Aurora Australis on a voyage to Antarctica, later publishing a collection of poems, Antarctica (1996), on the experience.

Caddy published her first collection of poems, Singing at Night, in 1980. By 2010 she had published a further eight collections, including a volume of new and selected poems, Esperance (2007). Her work has also been widely published in literary journals and anthologies. Caddy’s poetry is often informed by her travels and personal experiences, and by the landscapes of Western Australia.

Poetry Collections
  • Singing at Night (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press, 1980).
  • Letters from the North (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press, 1985).
  • Beach Plastic (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press, 1989).
  • Conquistadors (Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1991).
  • Antarctica: poems (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press, 1996).
  • Working Temple: poems (Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Press, 1997).
  • Editing the Moon (Fremantle: WA: Fremantle Press, 1999).
  • God’s Fish and other poems (Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2003).
  • Esperance: New and Selected Poems (Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2007).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Caroline Caddy, ‘Statements,’ in David Brooks and Brenda Walker, eds., Poetry and Gender: Statements and Essays in Australian Women’s Poetry and Poetics (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1989), pp.29–30.
  • Geoff Page, ‘Caroline Caddy,’ A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995), pp. 37–39.
  • Greg McLaren, ‘I Go on Working as If There Must be Questions Because of All This Answer,’ Southerly 60.1 (2000), pp. 192–203.
  • Janet Upcher, [untitled review of Esperance: New and Selected Poems], Australian Book Review no. 294 (2007), p. 63.