You are about to enter the virtual arcade of 'Forbeserama': a digital nebula of articles made to stray from the John Forbes Papers held by the Fryer Library at the University of Queensland....
This peer-reviewed article interrogates the experience of encountering the author, John Forbes, in the archive.
Dr Duncan Hose is a poet, painter and academic scholar.
He has been the recipient of a number of awards, including the Deakin University Excellence in Teaching Award (2014) and the Newcastle Poetry Prize (2010).
In 2015, he completed his PhD at Melbourne University. His thesis examined the construction of a mythology of the poetic self. He is now preparing a book based on his thesis, called Prick’d by Charm: The Pursuit of Myth in Frank O’Hara, Ted Berrigan and John Forbes.
His work on John Forbes reproduced here was an outcome of his 2017 Fryer Fellowship, exploring the Forbes archive.
His published books include Rathaus (Inken Publish, 2007), One Under Bacchus (Inken Publisch, 2011), A Book of Sea-Shanty (Bulky News Press, 2014), Bunratty (Puncher and Wattman, 2015).
(Sources include Fryer Library.)
John Forbes's father was a meterologist with the RAAF, and Forbes divided his childhood years between New Guinea, Malaya and Sydney. He graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in 1973, and later embarked on research for a higher degree on Frank O'Hara in the Sydney English Department.
After moving to Melbourne in 1989, Forbes held various jobs, including writer-in-residence, literary and art reviewer, and freelance tutor. His passion for poetry led to a key role in the establishment and reinvigoration of such Australian literary institutions as literary festivals, small presses and public poetry readings.
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