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Sarah Day Sarah Day i(A2175 works by)
Born: Established: 1958 Upholland, Lancashire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1964
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Sarah Day's family migrated from England to Tasmania in 1964. She graduated from the University of Tasmania and taught in schools in Devonport and Hobart. She won the Anne Elder award for a first volume of poetry in 1987 and A Madder Dance was shortlisted for the NBC Banjo Awards. Her Poems New and Selected, published in the UK by Arc Publications, received a Poetry Book Society Special Commendation in the Winter of 2002. Sarah Day has received grants from the Literature Fund of the Australia Council and Arts Tasmania and was resident at the B. R. Whiting Library in Rome. Her poems have been put to music by British composer Anthony Gilbert. She has been Poetry Editor of Island Magazine and has taught English and Creative Writing for a number of years at university and pre-tertiary level. (Adapted from: PoeticA, ABC Radio National 3 p.m. Saturday, 11 May 2002.)

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y separately published work icon Towards Light and Other Poems Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2018 14091208 2018 selected work poetry

'Light, as a physical and metaphorical entity recurs in many of the poems in this new collection by Sarah Day. Light makes its presence felt in these poems as a source of illumination and grace, it is also the means by which the flaws and discrepancies of the present and past are highlighted.' (Publication summary)

2019 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmanian Literary Awards Tasmania Book Prize
2018 commended Australian Centre Literary Awards Wesley Michel Wright Prize in Poetry
In the Dark 2017 single work short story
— Appears in: Literary Nillumbik Anthology of Writing 2017 2017; (p. 6-11)
2017 winner Alan Marshall Short Story Award Open Section Open
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