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Sarah Day (1958 – )

Sarah Day was born in the small town of Upholland, in Lancashire, England, in 1958. With her family, she migrated to Tasmania in 1964. After graduating from the University of Tasmania, she taught English at schools in Devonport and Hobart. She has also taught English and Creative Writing at tertiary level, and has held a number of writing fellowships and grants. She has been a board member of the Literature Fund of the Australia Council, and for many years was poetry editor for the Tasmanian literary magazine Island. Day began publishing her poetry in the early 1980s, her work regularly appearing in journals such as Westerly, Quadrant, and Island Magazine. Her first collection, A Hunger to be Less Serious, won the FAW Anne Elder Award in 1987. She has since published six further collections, including a volume of New and Selected Poems (2002). Her acclaimed collection The Ship (2004) won the Wesley Michel Wright Prize (2004), the Queensland Premiers’ Judith Wright Calanthe Prize (2005) and the ACT Judith Wright Award (2005, joint-winner).

Poetry Collections
  • A Hunger to be Less Serious (North Ryde, NSW: Angus and Robertson, 1987).
  • Sarah Day. Pamphlet Poets (Canberra: National Library of Australia, 1990).
  • A Madder Dance (Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1991).
  • Quickening (Ringwood, Vic: Penguin, 1997).
  • New and Selected Poems (Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2002).
  • The Ship (Blackheath, NSW: Brandl and Schlesinger, 2004).
  • Sky Writing and Other Poems (Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2008).
  • Grass Notes (Blackheath, NSW: Brandl & Schlesinger 2009)
  • Tempo (Glebe, NSW: Puncher & Wattmann, 2013)
Suggested Further Reading
  • David Gilbey, ‘A Refrain and a Jitterbug,’ Australian Book Review no. 138 (1992), pp. 45–46.
  • Trivikrama Kumari Jamwal, ‘Aesthetics and Activism in the Poetry of Judith Beveridge and Sarah Day,’ Indian Journal of Australian Studies 1.1 (2008).
  • Geoff Page, ‘Sarah Day,’ A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995), pp. 52–55.
  • John Kinsella, ‘Crossing the Boundaries,’ Eureka Street 14.10 (2004), pp. 34–35.
  • Jennifer Strauss, ‘Day at Play in the Fields,’ Australian Book Review no. 191 (1997), pp. 50–51.