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Edith Speers Edith Speers i(A14762 works by) (a.k.a. E. Speers)
Born: Established: 1949 British Columbia,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1974
Heritage: Canadian
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BiographyHistory

Born in Canada, Edith Speers studied biochemistry before moving to Australia in 1974. She became a naturalised citizen six years later. In 1975 she moved to Tasmania, living on a small farm while working as a writer and astrologer.

Her first collection of poetry By Way of a Vessel was published in 1986. Speers co-edited the anthology A Writer's Tasmania (2000) which showcases stories about Tasmania by Tasmanians writing about their personal experiences on the 'remote and beautiful island'.

Her second collection Four Quarters: Poetry (2001), covering a period of over sixteen years of her work, has been described as 'feet-on-the-ground' poetry which is open and accessible to the general reader. The poems in one of the 'quarters' express Speers's love for her original home country, Canada.

Speers has taught creative writing in many Tasmanian high schools. Her work has been published in numerous anthologies of poetry, including The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse (1996) and Contemporary Australian Poetry (1990), and she has been extensively published in literary magazines in Australia and abroad.

In 2011, Speers was shortlisted for the inaugural Montreal International Poetry Prize.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

Awards for Works

Waterfall i "What a wonderful wasteful thing is a waterfall", 2011 single work poetry
— Appears in: 2011 Global Poetry Anthology : Montreal International Poetry Prize 2012; (p. 77-78)
2011 shortlisted International Awards Montreal International Poetry Prize
In Tasmania i "The spuds all have names", 1986 single work poetry
— Appears in: By Way of a Vessel 1986; (p. 65-66)
1983 second Norma and Colin Knight Poetry Award
Tarantellas : 1 i "Adultery has all the advantages", 1986 single work poetry
— Appears in: By Way of a Vessel 1986; (p. 59) The Oxford Book of Australian Love Poems 1993; (p. 239)
1981 commended Illawarra Writers Award
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