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Luke Beesley Luke Beesley i(A68544 works by) (a.k.a. New Archer)
Also writes as: 'Act. Cotton Malley' ; 'A. Malley'
Born: Established: 1975 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Luke Beesley was born in Brisbane and grew up in South East Queensland. After completing study in psychology at Griffith University he travelled widely living in London, Montreal, Tokyo.

In 2004 a sequence of his poetry, written on a residency with Brisbane Water, was printed on the envelope of the Brisbane City Council's quarterly rates notices. For another poetry commission with Brisbane City Council, two of his poems, based on local history and archaeology, were sandblasted onto the Eleanor Schonell Bridge.

In 2006 he completed an M.Phil in Creative Writing at the University of Queensland under the supervision of Bronwyn Lea, and in 2006/7 spent four months in Delhi, India, on an Asialink Residency.

In 2008 he moved to Melbourne.

Beesley has collaborated with Kate Hill (ceramicist), Vicky Shukuroglou (visual artist), Jonathon Oxlade (illustrator), Dani Klein (fashion designer), Collusion (chamber music ensemble), Philip Colley (visual artist) and Doug Heslop (curator), for Mr Kitly Gallery, City of Melbourne, Brisbane Festival, Brisbane Writers Festival and Margaret Lawrence Gallery.

He is a singer-songwriter and released his debut EP, 'Bees Nudge the Mouth of a Feathered Rose', under the name 'New Archer', in 2013.

Beesley is also a visual artist and has been involved in a number of group exhibitions in Melbourne. He had his first solo drawing exhibition, 'Authors', in 2011.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2012 Australia Council Literature Board Grants Grants for Emerging Writers $10,000 for poetry.
2010 State Library Victoria Fellowship Creative Fellowship To research poems and drawings based on research into Victorian seed dispersal and wind patterning.
2006 Asialink Literature Residency Program For travel to India.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Aqua Spinach Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2018 13866474 2018 selected work poetry

'Aqua Spinach rounds out a trilogy of books interested in the affinities between poetry and other media – visual arts, music, and particularly in this collection, cinema. The poems in Aqua Spinach blend observation, memory and anecdote, producing surrealistic imagery as they pivot and twist from image to image. They are infused with the atmosphere of surrealist cinema, mimicking the films’ focus on dreams, fragments and humour, while also speaking to the author's quotidian Melbourne milieu.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon Lemon Shark Brisbane : Papertiger Media , 2006 Z1304517 2006 selected work poetry
2006 highly commended Anne Elder Award
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