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Andrew Lansdown Andrew Lansdown i(A36068 works by) (a.k.a. Andrew Trevor Lansdown)
Born: Established: 1954 Pingelly, Narrogin - Pingelly area, Far Southwest Western Australia, Western Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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Andrew Lansdown graduated from Curtin and Murdoch Universities with degrees in English and Comparative Literature respectively. He has worked as a teacher, tutor, journalist, and been an Education Officer at Fremantle Prison. He runs poetry workshops.

His poems and short stories have appeared in Australian journals and collections, and his short fiction has been broadcast by the ABC and the BBC. He has been described as "one of Australia's foremost poets working in the imagist tradition".

Lansdown  has lived in the south-west of Western Australia.

Most Referenced Works


  • Lansdown has also written a book against homosexual law reform, Blatant and Proud : Homosexuals on the Offensive (1984).

Personal Awards

2019 highly commended Tom Collins Poetry Prize for 'Cherry Blossom Contemplations'.
2016 longlisted The Ron Pretty Poetry Prize For 'Kyoto Maple Conceits'.
1984 Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Australia Council Literature Board Grants General Writing Grant

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Gestures of Love : The Fatherhood Poems Capalaba : Wombat Books , 2013 Z1910801 2013 selected work poetry
2013 joint winner CALEB Prize Poetry
y separately published work icon Allsorts : Poetry Tricks and Treats Capalaba : Wombat Books , 2011 Z1832087 2011 selected work poetry children's 'In this new book by award-winning poet Andrew Lansdown, limericks and haiku jostle with rhymed verse and free verse to bring to life crazy critters, odd bods, fantasy worlds and the natural world. Allsorts is a collection of all sorts of poems that all sorts of people will find as colourful and sweet as a packet of liquorice allsorts.

The final 70 pages of Allsorts include personal observations from the poet about the poems in the collection, a comprehensive glossary of poetic forms and techniques, and a set of seven indexes identifying the poems that employ these different forms and techniques. These pages will prove an invaluable resource for anyone who wants to learn more about the poet's craft, including students, teachers and aspiring poets.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 winner CALEB Prize Poetry
y separately published work icon Far from Home : Poems of Faith, Grief and Gladness Capalaba : Wombat Books , 2010 Z1869942 2010 selected work poetry

'Little sisters pretending their father is a pelican; a man achieving “a gawky grace” while asleep in a public library; a woman stepping past a sprinkler in a confined space “like an Andalusian horse/ dancing”; a traveller weeping uncomforted in a café in Sydney; an aboriginal man playing a didgeridoo in prison; a son praying for his mother in her pain; a random spray from a damaged hose watering a wild daisy; a rainbow enfolding the fuselage of an aeroplane “like a promise”: these are a few of the many surprising, moving things depicted in this collection of poems by Andrew Lansdown. Far from Home abounds with warmth, insight, quirkiness and compassion. The poems explore and express loss, grief, longing, regret, hope and happiness. They celebrate family, friendship, freedom and courage.' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2011 joint winner CALEB Prize Poetry

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
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