Laurie Duggan was born in South Melbourne in 1949 and was a student at Monash University (1968-1971) and Sydney University (1973-1974). He returned to study at the University of Melbourne (1994-1998) obtaining a PhD in Fine Arts in 1999.
He has worked as a movie scriptwriter (1978-1983) and an art critic (for the Times on Sunday, 1986-1987), and has taught media studies, poetry writing and art history. In 1987 he participated in a reading tour of the USA and Canada organized by the Australia Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs, and in 1990 he was a guest at the Wellington NZ Festival of the Arts. In 1992 he lived for three months in Manchester, UK, and three further months in Washington DC. He was poetry editor for Meanjin from June 1994 to December 1997.
From 2002 to 2008 he was an Honorary Research Advisor at the Australian Studies Centre and the School of English, Media Studies and Art History, University of Queensland. He has published many books of poems as well as literary criticism and articles on art, architecture and cultural history. Ghost Nation: Imagined Space and Australian Visual Culture 1901-1939 appeared in 2001.
In 2006 Duggan moved to the United Kingdom and lives in Faversham, Kent. He maintains the blog Graveney Marsh.
'In late 1980 Laurie Duggan began writing the Blue Hills poems as a kind of respite from the 'poetry wars'. The series mostly spread itself out over a number of books running in parallel with other more ostensibly 'worthy' projects like The Ash Range and The Epigrams of Martial. These poems now gathered here are at the heart of what Duggan sees as his poetic work.'
Mangroves2003selected work poetry Poems in this selection are grouped into two main sections: Part I Mangroves (2000-2002) and Part II The Night Watch (1988-1994). The author's note (p.ix) explains the significance of this grouping.