photo: Mayu Kanamori
Alan Wearne has been part of the Australian poetry scene since the late sixties and is the author of two verse collections, Public Relations and New Devil, New Parish, Out Here (a verse novella) the award winning verse novel The Nightmarkets (which has also been adapted for the stage) and Kicking in Danger (a prose fantasy satire on Melbourne's football). In 1999 he hosted Conversations With A Dead Poet, a documentary film on his friend the late poet John Forbes.
The first volume of another verse novel, The Lovemakers, was published by Penguin Australia in March 2001. Reviews were excellent but a tepid 'promotional' campaign by the publishers, and the growing middle-browisation of Australian arts and letters helped ensure that Penguin would not publish the already completed Volume Two. With The Lovemakers Book One winning the NSW Premier's Prize for Poetry (Kenneth Slessor Award), the NSW Premier's Prize Book of the Year and the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award for Australian Poetry, Penguin pulped remaining stocks.
In February 2004, The Lovemakers Book Two was published by ABC Books. Though the reviews were again excellent, any 'promotional' campaign was non-existent. Later that year it co-won The Foundation for Australian Literary Studiesí Colin Roderick Award and H T Priestly Medal. The book has since been pulped.
Alans new volume of poems The Australian Popular Songbook was be published by Giramondo Publishing in early 2008.
Alan Wearne teaches poetry at the University of Wollongong and lives part of the year in Fremantle. He considers himself a Melbourne poet living in exile.
2005 Colin Roderick Award for Australian Literature & H T Priestly Medal
2002 Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award for Australian Poetry
2002 New South Wales Premierís Book of the Year Award
2002 New South Wales Premierís Award for Poetry (Kenneth Slessor Prize)
1987 National Book Council Award
1987 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal
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