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2011 winner y separately published work icon Starlight : 150 Poems John Tranter , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2010 Z1720630 2010 selected work poetry
2010 winner y separately published work icon Apocrypha : Texts Collected and Translated by William O'Shaunessy Peter Boyle , Sydney : Vagabond Press , 2010 Z1719361 2010 selected work poetry

'In Apocrypha, Peter Boyle retrieves the luminous classical landscape that is the birthplace of Western civilisation and the Western psyche. Setting out to find the discarded or forbidden parts of this landscape, his search brings to light a forgotten but distinctly classical undercurrent of animism, of a piece, in its intellectual lucidity and precision, with classical science and philosophy. In the retrieved fragments of William O'Shaunessy's "translations", the outer world of poplars, ibis, windmills, commerce and political vagary interflows seamlessly with inner worlds of sorrow, anguish, love and loss to create a sparkling wholeness of meaning and matter that seems utterly lost to the West today. In a way that perhaps only a poet can, however, Boyle shows that this wholeness can be now, as it always was, our own.' - Freya Matthews

Source: Vagabond Press website,
Sighted: 24/08/2010

2009 winner y separately published work icon The Striped World Emma Jones , London : Faber , 2009 Z1584907 2009 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units)
2008 winner y separately published work icon Typewriter Music David Malouf , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2007 Z1367652 2007 selected work poetry

'David Malouf's brilliant collection of poems begins with a memory of new love - with 'grace unasked for, urgencies that boom under the pocket of a shirt' - and ends in the intimate territory of the long-familiar where there is no need for words. This volume is marked by an astonishing breadth of intelligence and erudition, yet steps lightly among the objects of our lives and the wonder of everyday replenishments. Everywhere the poems affirm the mystical delights of music, angels and fields where 'first to gather are the starlings in unquiet flocks. Then quietly, the stars'.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2007 winner y separately published work icon The Passenger Laurie Duggan , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2006 Z1275329 2006 selected work poetry
2006 winner y separately published work icon The New Arcadia John Kinsella , Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2005 Z1206061 2005 selected work poetry
2005 winner y separately published work icon The Ship Sarah Day , Blackheath : Brandl and Schlesinger , 2004 Z1113986 2004 selected work poetry
2004 winner y separately published work icon Wolf Notes Judith Beveridge , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2003 Z1099576 2003 selected work poetry (taught in 3 units)
2003 winner y separately published work icon Anything the Landlord Touches Emma Lew , Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2002 Z991358 2002 selected work poetry

'Anything the Landlord Touches was Emma Lew's second collection to be published in Australia, where it was published by Giramondo of Newcastle, NSW, in 2002. The book won the C.J. Dennis Prize for Poetry (the Victorian State Premier's award for poetry), and the Judith Wright Calanthe Award (the Queensland Premier's Prize for Poetry), two of the main literary prizes in the country, and was also short-listed for The Age award and the NSW and South Australian Premier’s Literary Prizes. Her first collection, The Wild Reply (Black Pepper Press, 1997) won The Age award. Emma Lew's poetry is marked by the pungency of her language and the dramatic intensity of her poems, often couched in the form of estranged monologues. Her lines can sometimes seem disconnected, but the pile-up of effects works like a montage, and the skewed observations circle their subject, searching for the core reality at the heart of the poem. This book is published in the UK and the USA by arrangement with Giramondo Publishing.' (Publication summary)

2002 winner y separately published work icon The Lovemakers : Book One : Saying All the Great Sexy Things Alan Wearne , Ringwood : Penguin , 2001 Z795937 2001 single work novel

'Centred on Australian suburbia in the 60s, 70s and 80s The Lovemakers explores the inner and outer tensions of families, friendships and society whilst charting the sleaze, mayhem and humanity that go to make a nation's life. Taking the triangle of Barb, her husband Roger and her lover Neil for its emotional heart the work then explodes into the lives of Kevin the heroin czar, Stubbsy the entrepreneur, Gibbo the comedian and Sophie, Hannah and Carrie, three women each set on making her way in the world. Meanwhile, through a life and times consumed by melodrama and farce, money and nothing, ambles Kim Lacey — drug importer, merchant banker, a two-faced charmer forever on the approximate make.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2001 winner y separately published work icon And Dug My Fingers in the Sand Brook Emery , Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 2000 Z668522 2000 selected work poetry
2001 Brook Emery
2000 winner y separately published work icon Running with Light Luke Davies , St Leonards : Allen and Unwin , 1999 Z27220 1999 selected work poetry
1999 winner y separately published work icon New and Selected Poems Anthony Lawrence , St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 1998 Z124267 1998 selected work poetry