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Katherine Gallagher Katherine Gallagher i(A33980 works by)
Born: Established: 1935 Maldon, Castlemaine area, Ballarat - Bendigo area, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Born in Victoria, Katherine Gallagher has lived for many years in Europe and England. She graduated from the University of Melbourne in 1963 and taught in Melbourne high schools before moving first to London and then spending the years 1971-79 in Paris. She has lived in London since 1979. However, she maintains strong links with Australia and has contributed widely to poetry anthologies and journals both in Australia and overseas. Her published volumes of poetry include The Eye's Circle (1974), Fish-Rings on Water (1989) and Finding the Prince (1993).

Gallagher considers herself a 'late-starter' as she did not begin to write poetry until 1965 at the age of thirty. Her Australian experience features in her poetry, for example, 'Anzac Veteran' drawn from a Melbourne Anzac Day march in 1968. She has also written short stories, and in 1975 shared first prize with Finola Moorhead in the Sun Festival of Stories, Melbourne. A member of the British Haiku Society since its inception, Gallagher's book of Haiku verse Shifts was published in 1997.

From 2002-2008, Gallagher was Education Officer for Writers Inc and in 2008, she received a London Society of Authors' Foundation Award.

Most Referenced Works


  • In 1994 Gallagher translated Jean-Jacques Celly's Le Somnambule Aux Yeux d'Argile.
  • Additional works

    In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, Katherine Gallagher has also published a number of poems on the Verse Wrights website, including the following:

    • 'Woman in a Tableau'.
    • 'The Magic of Hands'.
    • 'The Long Reach Out of War'.
    • 'Kandinsky Journey'.
    • 'Domestic'.
    • 'At the Playground'.
    • 'Passengers to the City'.
    • 'Chartes Cathedral'.
    • 'The Survivor'.
    • 'The Trapeze-Artist's First Performance'.
    • 'Distances'.
    • 'Itinerants'.
    • 'Firstborn'.

    See the website at (Sighted: 2/9/2015)

Awards for Works

Leaving i "we watched seasons", 1985 single work poetry
— Appears in: Passengers to the City 1985; (p. 38) Open Boat, Barbed Wire Sky 2003; (p. 24) Carnival Edge : New and Selected Poems 2010; (p. 34)
1981 winner Warana Writers' Awards
The Survivor (for Anna Akhmatova, 1889-1966) i "A woman sits in a corner of sun", 1980 single work poetry
— Appears in: Luna , no. 11 1980; (p. 32) Passengers to the City 1985; (p. 28) Carnival Edge : New and Selected Poems 2010; (p. 29)
1985 second International Awards New Poetry (London) Competition
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