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John Scott John Scott i(A22753 works by) (a.k.a. John A. Scott; John Alan Scott)
Born: Established: 1948 Littlehampton, West Sussex,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1959
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John Scott grew up in Melbourne and attended Monash University where he was a contemporary of fellow poets Alan Wearne and Laurie Duggan (qq.v.). In the 1960s he was an active participant in the poetry scene at Monash, winning the University's Writing Awards in 1966 and 1967. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree and a Diploma of Education at that institution.

Scott worked as a freelance scriptwriter for radio and television shows Auntie Jack Show (1974), It's Magic (1974) and the Gary MacDonald Show (1977) before taking a position lecturing in media at the Canberra College of Advanced Education (later the University of Canberra). He has been a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Creative Arts at the University of Wollongong. Scott's works have been nominated for, and received, numerous awards. He was a member of the Four Australian Poets reading group that toured the USA and Canada in 1985 and has been a guest at Adelaide Writers' Week, the Melbourne Spoleto Festival and the Canberra Word Festival. In 1990, John Scott was awarded a poetry scholarship by the Australia Council to the Nancy Keesing Studio, Paris, at the Cite Internationale des Artes. It was here that he completed the two prose poems Elegy and The Apology and began work on his novella What I Have Written (1993). Although Scott's first novel Blair was published in 1988, he was still essentially writing as a poet and it was the enthusiasm of Mark Henshaw (who was also working at the Paris Studio) for the novel as a form that influenced the direction of Scott's writing.

Scott edited and translated Emmanuel Hocquard : Elegies and Other Works (1989).

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

The Rehearsal i "Deep in the pelting rain, trampling rain-flattened grass (her pelted", 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Irises : The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor's International Poetry Prize 2017 2017; (p. 14)

Author's note: Virginia Woolf, late at Rodmell

2017 shortlisted The University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor’s International Poetry Prize
Picasso : A Shorter Life 2014 single work short story
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 74 no. 3 2014; (p. 183-186) The Best Australian Stories 2015 2015; (p. 21-32)
2014 winner David Harold Tribe Fiction Award
y separately published work icon N Blackheath : Brandl and Schlesinger , 2014 6728380 2014 single work novel fantasy

'The accidental death of MP Norman Cole precipitates a hung parliament allowing a core of extreme right-wing politicians to seize power. Telford, a high ranking but unworldly public servant is approached by Cole's wife who believes her husband was murdered and asks him to investigate on her behalf. The reward for this, he hopes, will be her love. Despite the bizarre and threatening nature of his investigations, he remains convinced that the "scribbled note" about the meeting with "N" holds the key to what he seeks.' (Publisher's blurb)

2015 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction

Known archival holdings

National Library of Australia (ACT)
University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
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