Luke Davies i(A9489 works by)
Born: Established: 1962 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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In addition to writing poetry, fiction and filmscripts, Luke Davies has worked as a teacher, truck driver, journalist and script editor. In 2009, Davies won the John Curtin Prize for Journalism in the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards for 'The Penalty Is Death: Inside Bali's Kerobakan Prison'.

Most Referenced Works


  • Davies also wrote the broadsheet 'Twelve Poems Attempt to Set New Records in Reductionist Poetry and Find Instead Infinity or Some Such Thing' (1980).
  • A sound recording 'Meet the Author Luke Davies' is held at the University of Adelaide, Barr Smith Library.

Awards for Works

Magpie 2010 single work picture book children's

'My father and I. We went to the edge of the falls for revenge. To find my attacker the magpie...

'Luke Davies′ poem "Childhood Terror" describes in 9 lines the fear of a magpie attack and a boy′s reaction as his father helps him face that fear. Together, author and illustrator have created a wonderful picture book that takes this poem and turns into a story of a dog and his pup on a journey to find the magpie. Brilliantly realised, the illustrations bring a whole new level to Davies' poetry.' (From the publisher's website.)

2011 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Language Development Book for Lower Primary Children (2003-2013)
2010 shortlisted Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Children's Division Told Primarily through Pictures
God of Speed 2008 single work novel

'Howard Hughes was one of the strangest and most significant figures of the twentieth century: aviator, film mogul, serial womaniser, billionaire, political meddler, drug addict, recluse. His obsessive-compulsive disorder would end up crippling and isolating him; in the end he self-medicated his way into oblivion.

'In the last years of Hughes' life, feeling his power ebb, bedridden and hopelessly addicted to drugs, he lays out and lays bare his history. He loops and reloops the past on a seemingly endless reel in his head as he spirals into madness and disconnection. In stops and starts, his life unfolds and gradually we see the shape and preoccupations of the twentieth century emerging from his ruined psyche - a world of oil, money, planes, flight, movies, drugs, sex, neurosis, fear - a world where paranoia reigns.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
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