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Presenter Author Category: 2016
Jazz aficionado and writer, Geoff Page has published twenty-one collections of poetry as well as two novels, five verse novels, a verse biography and several other works including anthologies and translations. He has won several awards, including the ACT Poetry Award, the Grace Leven Prize, the Christopher Brennan Award, the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Poetry and the 2001 Patrick White Literary Award. Since 1994, he has run a series of monthly poetry readings in successive Canberra cafés. It’s now called Poetry at the House and features poets from around Australia and overseas.
Canberra Then and Now was produced for the Centenary of Canberra in 2013and shows images of early Canberra with photography of the same places today. Accompanying the images are the memoir text and poems by Geoff Page.
Drumming on Water is a verse novel which covers the trials and tribulations of a 1930s all-girl swing band playing on the Sydney ferries.
Lawrie and Shirley: the final cadenza is an amusing account, in verse, of a late-life love affair. It shows, in a light-hearted way, how late-found happiness for those of ‘the third age’ can upset the smug comfort of younger people, and confound social expectations.