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Dipti Saravanamuttu (1960 – )

Dipti Saravanamuttu was born in Sri Lanka in 1960, and came to Australia with her family in 1972. She graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts (Hons), and subsequently worked as a scriptwriter, researcher, and a journalist for the Tribune newspaper. Between 1988–1991 she was a postgraduate student at the University of London. In 1994 she moved to Melbourne, but more recently has returned to Sydney.

Saravanamuttu began publishing her poems in literary journals in the early 1980s. Her first collection, Statistics for the New World, was published in 1988, and she has since published three further collections, including The Colosseum, winner of the Dinny O’Hearn poetry prize for 2005.

Poetry Collections
  • Statistics for the New World: poems (Newtown, NSW: Rochford St Press, 1988).
  • Language of the Icons (Sydney: Angus and Robertson, 1993).
  • Dancing from the Edge of Darkness (Upper Ferntree Gully, Vic: Papyrus Publishing, 2000).
  • The Colosseum (Carlton, Vic: Five Islands Press, 2004).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Adam Aitken, ‘Documentaries from the Unconscious,’ Southerly 50.2 (1990), pp. 247–48.
  • Jennifer Strauss, ‘Witty Poems about Something Else,’ Australian Women’s Book Review 2.1 (1990), pp. 6–7.
  • Ralph Wessman, ‘Not the Review,’ Famous Reporter 31 (2005), 148–58. http://walleahpress.com.au/FR31NotTheReview.html
  • Amanda Wilson, ‘Unfailingly Precise,’ Australian Book Review no.159 (1994), pp. 42–44.