AustLit logo
Jordie Albiston Jordie Albiston i(A26340 works by) (a.k.a. Jordi Albiston)
Born: Established: 1961 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Jordie Albiston is an award winning Melbourne-based poet. She studied flute at the Victorian College of the Arts and published her first collection of poetry in 1995. Albiston graduated with a PhD in literature Albiston has a particular interest in 'documentary poetry', and her book Botany Bay Document: A Poetic History of The Women of Botany Bay is based heavily on historical sources such as shipping logs, newspaper excerpts, etchings, and letters. The Hanging of Jean Lee is based on historical research about the last woman hanged in Australia. Both of these works were adapted for musical theatre by composer Andrée Greenwell. The Hanging of Jean Lee was staged at the Sydney Opera House Studio in 2006.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 finalist Melbourne Prize Melbourne Prize for Literature
2019 winner Patrick White Award
2019 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $45,600

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Element : The Atomic Weight and Radius of Love Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2020 18367147 2020 selected work poetry

'Using chemistry as an indexing trope, Jordie Albiston tabulates the human predicament of love: its foundations and fundamentals; its configuration of emotions; its recurring properties; and its inherent assumption of many as yet unknown elements to occur.  These poems range across space and time, all the while adhering to the formal constraints of atomic theory.  The states and structures of being are scrutinised according to love's capacity for passion and fissure, blessing and debt, and a compound body of two is progressively mapped onto the page.

'This remarkable collection sees Albiston's longstanding conversation with mathematics and poetic form advance into the realm of science.  With characteristic invention, orchestration and play, she discovers and describes the universal vastness and everyday physics of love.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
2020 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon Euclid's Dog : 100 Algorithmic Poems Melbourne : GloriaSMH , 2017 11413833 2017 selected work poetry

'This is not a book of high mathematics: rather, an attempt to migrate some of the innate robustness, austerity and elegance of Euclidean thought into the realm of poetic structure. Albiston's formal experiments do not function as mere theory, dry equation or games, but authentic poetic events, at the same time harmoniously familiar, and strange' (Introduction)

2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
y separately published work icon The Sonnet According to 'M' Melbourne : John Leonard Press , 2009 Z1668842 2009 selected work poetry

'The letter 'm' is emblematic of recurrence and precipitousness in these poems. They emerge with the wantonness of sensations in everyday life. In this case three lives: maternal grandmother, paternal great-great grandmother and the poet. Jordie Albiston, with characteristic delicacy and zest, limns these very different women as perspectives to each other.

Recurrence is intrinsic to sonnets. They are patterned internally, and are often paroxysmal: a perfect form and formation for poems which worry the distinction between the fatal and the banal.

The sequence tells what happens when you admit the existential into everyday life, in small or large doses. The results can be desolate, or sublime. And comedic as well: Albiston knows how to play between darkness and send-up, when it comes to an arduous and animating tension between body and mind.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Poetry Prize Judith Wright Award for a Published Collection by an Australian Poet
2010 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Last amended 15 Sep 2021 14:54:19
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: