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Geoff Page Geoff Page i(A13884 works by) (a.k.a. Geoffrey Donald Page)
Born: Established: 1940 Grafton, Grafton area, Grafton - Maclean area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Geoff Page is the son of Donald and Helen Page; the family's connection with the Clarence River district goes back to the mid nineteenth century. Page's grandfather, Sir Earle Page (q.v), founded the conservative Country Party (renamed the National Party). Page has been an active Labor Party supporter. He was educated at the Armidale School and the University of New England 1958-1962. In 1959 he spent a year in National Service. Page moved to Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, in 1964, and taught English and History in Canberra schools. He was in charge of the English Department at Narrabundah College from 1974 until his retirement in 2001. Page has been writer-in-residence at a number of academic institutions, including Edith Cowan University, Curtin University, the Australian Defence Force Academy, and the University of Wollongong.

Active in the literary community, Page participated in poetry readings, seminars and conferences in Australia, China, Europe, New Zealand, Singapore and the United States. As well as editing a number of anthologies and collections, he wrote a musical biography, Bernie McGann: A Life in Jazz (1997) and interviewed a wide range of jazz musicians for the National Film and Sound Archive. Page is an amateur jazz drummer. He has reviewed poetry for major Australian journals and newspapers and has been a regular contributor to the ABC Radio Books and Writing program. Page's poetry has regularly appeared in a wide range of journals, newspapers and anthologies. His verse continually reaffirms the personal significance of the Clarence River area, and underlines its pivotal role in creating a sense of place in Page's work and life. Old age and death recur as themes through much of his poetry, as does the clash between Aboriginal and English culture during the settlement period, and an exploration of the poet's family history and relationships.

Page has published in the areas of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and criticism, and has written literary criticism and drama for radio, television and the stage. His unpublished plays include 'The Life and Death of James Lionel Michael : solicitor and poet' [n.d.], 'Sally Rivers' All Girl Band' (1990) and 'Drumming on Water' (2006).

Page has been nominated (and won) several awards for both published and unpublished works including The Patrick White Award in 2001, shortlisted for Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards — Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry  for the unpublished poem 'The Worrier', the ACU Prize for Literature — Poetry Prize for 'Charles S. Ryan to Alice E. Sumner' in 2017, and second place in the 2019 ACU Prize for Literature — Poetry Prize for 'Single Women in their Later'.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 winner ACU Prize for Poetry for Jericho
2014 recipient ACT Arts Grant $3,725 to assist with costs of presenting poetry readings at the Gods Cafe
2014 shortlisted Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards Axel Clark Memorial Prize for Poetry For unpublished poem 'The Worrier'.

Awards for Works

Single Women in their Later i "Single women in their later", 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Solace : Poems from the 2019 ACU Prize for Poetry 2019; (p. 67-69)
2019 second place ACU Prize for Poetry
Charles S. Ryan to Alice E. Sumner i "My dearest Alice,", 2017 single work poetry
— Appears in: Joy : Poems from the 2017 ACU Prize for Poetry 2017; (p. 56-59)
2017 winner ACU Prize for Poetry
y separately published work icon Improving the News World Square : Pitt Street Poetry , 2014 7095260 2014 selected work poetry

'Improving the News offers meditations on coffee, country life, Casino, and Clive James. With a characteristic lively wit, supple use of metre and piercing insights, this new collection is vintage Geoff Page. (Publication summary)

2014 highly commended ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Poetry
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