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Laurie Duggan Laurie Duggan i(A18339 works by) (birth name: Laurence James Duggan)
Born: Established: 1949 South Melbourne, South Melbourne - Port Melbourne area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Laurie Duggan was born in South Melbourne in 1949 and was a student at Monash University (1968-1971) and Sydney University (1973-1974). He returned to study at the University of Melbourne (1994-1998) obtaining a PhD in Fine Arts in 1999.

He has worked as a movie scriptwriter (1978-1983) and an art critic (for the Times on Sunday, 1986-1987), and has taught media studies, poetry writing and art history. In 1987 he participated in a reading tour of the USA and Canada organized by the Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs, and in 1990 he was a guest at the Wellington NZ Festival of the Arts. In 1992 he lived for three months in Manchester, UK, and three further months in Washington DC. He was poetry editor for Meanjin from June 1994 to December 1997.

From 2002 to 2008 he was an Honorary Research Advisor at the Australian Studies Centre and the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland. He has published many books of poems as well as literary criticism and articles on art, architecture and cultural history. Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture 1901-1939 appeared in 2001.

In 2006 Duggan moved to the United Kingdom and lives in Faversham, Kent. He maintains the blog Graveney Marsh.

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y separately published work icon Homer Street Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2020 18796934 2020 selected work poetry

'A leading figure in Australian poetry, Laurie Duggan has been long celebrated for his vividly sensed observations of everyday life and his minimal and urbane style. This is his first publication with Giramondo.

'Laurie Duggan’s new collection begins with poems written during his last year in Britain, in Faversham, a market town in east Kent, with others written on a visit to Australia in 2016 and after his return in October 2018. They contribute to two ongoing sequences, ‘Allotments’, and ‘Blue Hills’, which alludes to the long-running domestic radio serial of the same name. These are made up of the brief haiku-like poems that Duggan has made his own: impressions, mysterious conjunctions, oddities and contradictions, the small details that express large forces, as in his observations of the landscape, the weather, domestic and suburban settings. In the final section, ‘Afterimages’, Duggan offers descriptions of paintings and comments on artists, and sometimes imaginary constructions of what a particular artist might have done, but the real point is to create poems which stand like art works in their own right.' (Publication summary)

2021 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
y separately published work icon The Collected Blue Hills Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2012 Z1932689 2012 selected work poetry

'In late 1980 Laurie Duggan began writing the Blue Hills poems as a kind of respite from the 'poetry wars'. The series mostly spread itself out over a number of books running in parallel with other more ostensibly 'worthy' projects like The Ash Range and The Epigrams of Martial. These poems now gathered here are at the heart of what Duggan sees as his poetic work.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2012 joint winner Grace Leven Poetry Prize
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