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Jennifer Compton Jennifer Compton i(A16382 works by) (a.k.a. Jennifer Lee Compton)
Born: Established: 1949 Wellington, Wellington (Region), North Island,
New Zealand,
Pacific Region,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1973
Heritage: New Zealander
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New Zealand-born Jennifer Compton first came to Australia in the early 1970s after studying drama and working as an actress and stage manager; she settled permanently in Australia in 1983. Compton attended the Playwrights' Studio at the National Institute of Dramatic Art after her arrival in Sydney. During her year there she wrote her award-winning play Crossfire. In addition to her stage plays Compton has written plays for ABC Radio and for NZBC and has written episodes for the ABC Television series Certain Women.

Compton is also a prize-winning and much-published poet. In 1996 she was the first poet to win a New South Wales Writers' Fellowship. The Fellowship enabled her to complete her collection Speaking with Voices.

Compton has lived for an extended period at Wingello, in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. In 2006 she was the writer-in-residence at the B. R. Whiting Library in Rome.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 runner-up The Lysicrates Prize for The Goose in the Bottle
2017 longlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2016 shortlisted The Fair Australia Prize Poetry Prize For 'The Old Man and the Tower'.

Awards for Works

Walking Distance 2019 sequence poetry
— Appears in: FourW New Writing , no. 30 2019; (p. 38-41)
2019 shortlisted The Booranga Prize The Booranga Prize for Poetry
Now You Shall Know i "The aeroplane is hung in the sky from a clever hook, so we seem", 2013 single work poetry
— Appears in: Now You Shall Know : Newcastle Poetry Prize Anthology 2013 2013; (p. 6-7) Quadrant , May vol. 58 no. 5 2014; (p. 72-73) Falling and Flying : Poems on Ageing 2015; (p. 134-136)
2013 winner The Newcastle Poetry Prize
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