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Angela Gardner Angela Gardner i(A59869 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 Cardiff,
Wales (UK),
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1988
Heritage: Welsh ; Cornish
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Angela Gardner lived in Melbourne as a child, when her father worked for the Mission to Seaman. After studying art at the Cardiff College of Art, and living in London for a decade, she migrated to Australia in 1988. She has lived in Sydney, Brisbane, and the hinterland of the Sunshine Coast. She received a Master of Arts in Visual Arts from Griffith University's College of Arts in 2002.

Gardner is a visual artist and poet and founding editor of the poetry journal Foam:e. She is a principal of the small fine press light-trap press and occasionally blogs at:

Among a number of residencies, awards, and prizes, Gardner has received a Churchill Fellowship (2007) to investigate collaborations between poets and visual artists in the US and the UK. In 2008 she was awarded a Visual Arts and Crafts Strategy (VACS) grant, an initiative of the State and Federal governments, administered by Arts Queensland, to create two limited edition artists books. Working with Brisbane-based printmakers, Gwenn Tasker and Lisa Pullen, etchings and lino-cut prints were produced that respond to her poetry series, 'The Twelve Labours' and 'The Night Ladder'. These works were published in limited edition fine press books. Some images of her artworks can be seen at the Jacket 2 website, 2012.

Also in 2008, Gardner won an Australia Council for the Arts Literature Board residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland, which she undertook in mid 2009. While in Ireland, Gardner met G C Waldrep, a renowned American poet, and Cherry Smyth a highly awarded London-based Irish poet. Both poets have become important colleagues and early readers for many of her poems.

Gardner's poetry has been well reviewed and she has read at the Queensland Poetry Festival a number of times.

In 2017, the judges of the 2018 Dorothy Hewett Award described her recent work as 'With a hovering intelligence and a laudable lack of ego, the beautifully controlled poems of ‘Some Sketchy Notes on Matter’ investigate the world with an ecstatic’s eye.' (Press release)

In 2019, Gardner was ACT Writer-in-Residence, a joint initiative of the ACT Writers Centre and UNSW Canberra, with further funding support from Copyright Agency. While there she lectured at UNSW Canberra and the University of Canberra and was visiting artist at ANU School of Art.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient The Regional Arts Fund

laboratory of ideas - Printmaking at Frans Masereel Centre Belgium

2019 recipient ACT Writer-in-Residence
2018 Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work Grant For the development of a manuscript entitled The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette, which draws on the story of Gardner's ancestor who was killed and eaten by his shipmates.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette Swindon : Shearsman Books , 2021 21411601 2021 single work novel

'The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette tells the tale of the author's great-grandmother's cousin, Richard Parker, a cabin-boy on a yacht being sailed from Southampton to Sydney in 1884 for Jack Want a prominent New South Wales barrister and politician. The Mignonette foundered in the South Atlantic far from land, and after nineteen days with no sight of any other vessel to rescue them, and with all four in a terrible state, the captain and mate decided to murder and eat poor Richard. Days later the remaining sailors were rescued and returned to Falmouth to face justice. The original trial at Exeter Assize was moved to The Old Bailey due to huge public interest and the need to clarify the Empire’s maritime legal framework regarding what had been common practice.

'The Sorry Tale of the Mignonette takes place in the West Country, at sea and in Australia. It explores power relationships, individual motives, survivor guilt and self-justification, and justice and divine retribution. Poetry heightens the tension and drives the narrative telling the personal and human story of one of the most important legal judgements in English Law—that necessity is not a defence for murder—and is still taught at universities the world over.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
y separately published work icon Some Sketchy Notes on Matter Kambah : Recent Work Press , 2020 19134730 2020 selected work poetry

'What does it take to hold the sky in place?
The moving raft of sky a dark shadow of itself.
The miracle of it. All of us holding strings.

'From the Afterword:

'‘Some Sketchy Notes on Matter came together slowly around preoccupations of safety and shelter at an individual, societal and global level. I also wanted to look at the tensions between digital and analogue reality, between the city and a natural world that exists without us, strange, compelling and precarious. At its worst these tensions become an imbalance, a violence, threatening not only the individual body but the entire planet.’' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
Upgrade to Everything i "Between housework and billable hours your endless needs.", 2019 single work poetry
— Appears in: Plumwood Mountain : An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics , August vol. 6 no. 2 2019; Aesthetica Creative Writing Annual 2020 2020;
2019 shortlisted Aesthetica Creative Writing Award
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