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Richard James Allen, profile portrait by Kyle Powderly. Copyright (c) 2010 The Physical TV Company
Richard James Allen Richard James Allen i(A59256 works by) (a.k.a. Richard Allen)
Also writes as: Richard Allan
Born: Established: 1960 Kempsey, Kempsey area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Richard James Allen is a poet, writer, filmmaker, choreographer and performer. He was educated at Sydney Grammar School, and then the University of Sydney, where he graduated in 1982 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts (First Class Hons).

He has been an editor of Neos Young Writers, and is a former artistic director of Poets Union Inc. He was also the founding director of the Australian Poetry Festival.

In 1985 he began a long-standing creative partnership with Karen Pearlman, with whom he founded the successful New York based performance company That Was Fast. In 1995-1997 he and Pearlman then worked as artistic directors of the Tasmanian dance company Tasdance. In 1997 Allen and Pearlman established Physical TV, an award-winning film and television production company which specialises in realising dance and physical theatre for the screen.

In 2005 Allen won the University of Technology, Sydney, Chancellor’s Award for his Creative Arts PhD thesis ‘Out of the Labyrinth of the Mind’.

Allen is the grandson of the noted World War II Australian military figure Major-General Arthur Samuel 'Tubby' Allen and the son of writer Robert Allen. He is the brother of art historian and critic Christopher Allen.

Most Referenced Works


  • Has also written numerous TV and film scripts.

Personal Awards

2019 joint second prize W. B. Yeats Poetry Prize for Australia for 'Leningrad Diary'.
2019 shortlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship
2017 longlisted Red Room Poetry Fellowship

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Thursday's Fictions Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 1999 Z509628 1999 single work drama poetry
2000 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry

Known archival holdings

University of New South Wales Australian Defence Force Academy Australian Defence Force Academy Library (ACT)
National Film and Sound Archive (aka ScreenSound Australia) (ACT)
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