101 Poems … a poet's life
Anthony Lawrence In Conversation with Suzanne Edgar
Multi award winning poet, Anthony Lawrence won last year's Prime Minister's prize for Poetry for his latest publication Headwaters. What is a poet's life? Lawrence spent his early years as a jackaroo, a landscape gardener, a fisherman and a truck driver. He then trained as a primary and secondary school teacher. An Australia Council grant, while working on a fishing trawler, gave him the opportunity to give more time to writing. Lawrence discusses his life, his writing and much more with versatile Canberra writer, Suzanne Edgar.
Anthony Lawrence has published sixteen books of poems and a novel. His most recent collection, 101 Poems is a selection from previous books and Headwaters won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Poetry in 2017. His individual poems and books have won many of Australia’s most prestigious awards, including the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal, the Blake Poetry Prize, the NSW Premier’s Award, the Queensland Premier’s Award, the Peter Porter Poetry Prize, the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. A collection of prose poems, The Side the Weather Does Not Love is forthcoming in 2018. He is a Senior Lecturer at Griffith university, where he teaches Creating Writing and Writing Poetry. He lives on Moreton Bay, Queensland.
Suzanne Edgar is a versatile Canberra writer. She has produced successful short fiction, essays, and literary criticism, also a great deal of well-received poetry. Suzanne was on the editorial staff of the Australian Dictionary of Biography, to which she has contributed fifty-three articles. Her poems have been in Best Australian Poems, Black Inc. 2004, 2005, 2011, 2012 and 2015. Edgar’s important contribution to Australian, and to world literature in general, lies in her love of poetry … her books belong alongside those of the outstanding woman poets of her lifetime in Australia: Judith Wright, Gwen Harwood, and Rosemary Dobson’. (John Beston, Antipodes Vol 28 Number 2 Dec 2014).