Geoff Goodfellow Geoff Goodfellow i(A16321 works by) (a.k.a. Geoffrey James Goodfellow)
Born: Established: 1949 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
AustLit is a subscription service. The content and services available here are limited because you have not been recognised as a subscriber. Find out how to gain full access to AustLit


Geoff Goodfellow was born in Adelaide, growing up in the inner-northern suburbs in a war-service group scheme house. He moved to the working class suburb of Semaphore with his first bride at the age of eighteen and the suburb and its people feature often in his poems. After leaving school at fifteen, he worked for twenty years as a labourer and builder until he suffered a severe back injury in 1982. Inspired by the poetry of A. B. Paterson, he began to write poetry in 1983 and has since built a significant reputation as a performance poet and teacher. Goodfellow has won several grants and fellowships to write poetry and conduct workshops in various institutions such as prisons, schools, colleges and universities. In 1990 he was appointed poet-in-residence with the Construction, Mining and Energy Union of South Australia. He has published a number of volumes of poetry since No Collars No Cuffs (1986) and his poems appear regularly in periodicals such as Overland. Goodfellow's poetry explores the lives of the working-class and the disadvantaged in a straight-forward yet eloquent form.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Last amended 4 Nov 2004 11:26:44
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: