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Andrew Sant (1950 – )

Andrew Sant was born in London in 1950, and came to Australia with his parents in 1962. He completed a BA degree at La Trobe University in Melbourne, and subsequently worked in a variety of occupations, including teaching and copywriting. After relocating to Hobart in the late 1970s, Sant founded the literary magazine Island with Michael Denholm in 1979, the pair remaining as co-editors until 1990. In 1989 he was made a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council. More recently he has lived in Melbourne, but has also spent considerable time in writer-in-residence positions overseas: he was writer-in-residence at the University of Peking, in Beijing, China, in 2001; Writing Fellow at Leicester University in the UK between 2002 and 2005, and in 2007–2008, Writing Fellow at the University of Chichester, in West Sussex, UK.

Sant began publishing poetry in Australian literary magazines and journals from the late 1970s. His first collection of poems, Lives, was published by Angus and Robertson in 1980, and he has since published ten further collections, including a volume of new and selected poems, Tremors (2004), and a volume of selected poems published in the UK, The Unmapped Page. His work has attracted significant critical attention, and is often praised for its urbane and witty character.

Poetry Collections
  • Lives: poems (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1980).
  • The Caught Sky (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1982).
  • The Flower Industry (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1985).
  • Brushing the Dark (Richmond, Vic: Heinemann Australia, 1989).
  • Album of Domestic Exiles (Fitzroy North, Vic: Black Pepper, 1997).
  • Russian Ink (Fitzroy North, Vic: Black Pepper, 2001).
  • The Islanders(Nottinghamshire, UK: Shoestring Press, 2002).
  • Tremors: new and selected poems (Fitzroy North, Vic: Black Pepper, 2004).
  • The Unmapped Page: selected poems (Todmorden, UK: Arc Publications, 2004).
  • Speed and Other Liberties (Cambridge, UK: Salt Publishing, 2008).
  • Fuel (Fitzroy North, Vic: Black Pepper, 2009).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Martin Duwell, ‘The Narrative Quest,’ Australian Book Review no.262 (2004), p. 50.
  • Stephen Edgar, ‘Launch: Andrew Sant’s Tremors: New and Selected Poems,’ Famous Reporter 30 (2004), pp. 15–19. http://walleahpress.com.au/FR30Edgar.html
  • Paul Hetherington, ‘A Cool Light,’ Australian Book Review no.274 (2005), p. 44.
  • Paul Kane, ‘The Impetus of Poetry,’ Australian Book Review no.231 (2001), pp. 52–54.
  •  Andrew Sant, ‘On Only Children,’ Island no.100 (2005), pp. 21–25.
  • Nicolette Stasko, [untitled review of Russian Ink], Southerly 62.1 (2002), pp. 227–31.
  • A Poetry Reading by Andrew Sant (Canberra: ADFA, 1989). Videocasstte (VHS), 57mins.