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Laurie Duggan (1949 – )

Laurie Duggan, Faversham 2007 Laurie Duggan, Faversham 2007

Laurence James Duggan was born in South Melbourne in 1949. In the late 1960s and early 1970s he studied at Monash University and the University of Sydney, and subsequently worked as a screenwriter, art critic, and taught in various areas including writing and art history. In the 1990s he returned to study at the University of Melbourne, completing a PhD in Fine Arts in 1999. In 2006, he moved to the United Kingdom, where he currently lives in Faversham, Kent.

Duggan’s first poetry collection, East, was the joint winner of the Anne Elder Award in 1977. Since then he has written numerous books of poems including The Ash Range, an epic poem on the history of the Gippsland region which won the Victorian Premier’s New Writing Award; The Epigrams of Martial, an adaptation of the epigrams of the classical Latin poet Marcus Valerius Martialis, winner of the Wesley Michael Wright Prize; Mangroves, the Age Poetry Book of the Year (2003) and winner of the 2004 ASAL Gold Medal; and The Passenger, winner of the Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for poetry (2006). He was poetry editor of Meanjin from 1994 to 1997, a Writer in Residence at Griffith University in 2005 and 2006, and an Honorary Research Advisor in the Australian Studies Centre at the University of Queensland.

Poetry Collections
  • East: Poems 1970-1974 (Clifton Hill, Vic.: R. Kenny, 1976).
  • Under the Weather (Sydney: Wild and Woolley, 1978).
  • Adventures in Paradise (Darlington, NSW: Magic Sam/Experimental Art Foundation, 1982).
  • The Great Divide: Poems 1973-1983 (Sydney: Hale and Iremonger, 1985).
  • The Ash Range (Sydney: Picador, 1987).
  • All Blues: Eight Poems (London: Northern Lights, 1989).
  • Two Epigrams from Martial (Kings Cross: Catnip Press, 1989).
  • The Epigrams of Martial (Parkville, Vic.: Scripsi, 1989).
  • Blue Notes (Chippendale, NSW: Picador, 1990).
  • The Home Paddock: Blue Hills 21-35 (St Kilda: Noone’s Press, 1991).
  • New and Selected Poems 1971-1993 (St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1996).
  • Mangroves (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2003).
  • Let’s Get Lost (Sydney: Vagabond Press, 2005).
  • Compared to What: Selected Poems 1971–2003 (Exeter: Shearsman Books, 2005).
  • The Passenger (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 2006).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Lawrence Bourke, “A Place in History: The Ash Range, Landscape and Identity,” Westerly 38.1 (1993): pp. 17–24.
  • Laurie Duggan, “Amaze Your Friends!” TEXT: The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs 10.1 (2006).
  • Laurie Duggan, “Classics and Commercials,” Southerly 57.3 (1997): pp. 219–22.
  • Laurie Duggan, “Living Poetry,” Meanjin 53.2 (1994): pp. 267–82.
  • Geoff Page, “Laurie Duggan,” A Reader’s Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995): pp. 61–62.
  • David McCooey, “Particularities: Reading Laurie Duggan,” The Ardent Sun 1 (2002): pp. 12–17.
  • David McCooey, “Local Elegies: Laurie Duggan and the World,” Agenda 41.1-2 (2005): pp. 162–68.