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Garrie Hutchinson (1949 – )

Garrie Hutchinson was born in Melbourne in 1949. In 1969 he became involved in the flourishing performance poetry and theatre scene based at La Mama Theatre in Carlton, and in the early 1970s began publishing his poetry in literary journals including Poetry Australia and Melbourne University Magazine. His first collection of poems, Dart Objects, was published in 1971, and he published two further collections in the early 1970s: Nothing Unsayable Said Right (1974) and Terror Australis (1975). Associated with experimental poetics and the ‘Generation of ’68’, Hutchinson’s poems were included in anthologies such as Thomas Shapcott’s Australian Poetry Now (1970) and John Tranter’s The New Australian Poetry (1979). With Ulli McCarthy, he founded and co-edited a short-lived poetry magazine, Yam2.

In the early 1970s Hutchinson was heavily involved in anti-war activism and alternative journalism. From the late 1970s Hutchinson moved away from writing poetry and towards a journalistic career. He remained involved in theatre circles and was Melbourne theatre reviewer for the Australian newspaper from 1973–1976. In the 1980s he became a football writer for the Age and published a prose work, From the Outer, Watching Football in the 1980s (1986). He has since written a number of other books on sport, as well as several works on military history, travel, and other general interest prose. He has also worked as a speechwriter for a number of national and Victorian politicians.

Poetry Collections
  • Dart Objects: Poured Concrete, 1967–71(Melbourne: Synergetic Press, 1971).
  • Nothing Unsayable Said Right: 50 Poems, 1968–72 (Melboune: Sun Books, 1974).
  • Terror Australis: Poems (Fitzroy, Vic: Outback Press, 1975).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Dianne Dempsey, ‘A New Leaf: Garrie Hutchinson,’ Sunday Age 13 July 1997, p. 7.
  • Garrie Hutchinson, Not Going to Vietnam: Journeys Through Two Wars (Rydalemere, NSW: Hodder Headline, 1999).
  • Ian McKay, ‘Dart Objects [review],’ Makar 7.2 (1971), pp. 46–48.
  • Rodney Wissler, ‘A Constellation of Bits/Dangling Conceptions of Self,’ Makar 10.2 (1974), pp. 44–45.