Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

2016 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

James Harpur is the 2016 winner.

James Harpur is an accomplished poet with a compelling narrative voice and unpretentious style. His forthcoming book  'In Loco Parentis' chronicles family and institutional life in poetry that is alive to characters and the ways they can affect each other.

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Read about the announcement in the Articulation newsletter

Judges

  • Professor Kevin Brophy - Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne - Poet
  • Professor Ken Gelder - Co-director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Professor of English
  • Professor Denise Varney - Co-director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Associate Professor, Theatre Studies

2014 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Dan Disney is the 2014 winner.

This was not an easy decision, but the judges finally awarded the prize to an emerging Australian poet whose work is sophisticated, fresh, and at times precisely located in the towns of his birthplace in Eastern Victoria. Dan Disney's beautifully produced book, and then when the (John Leonard Press, 2011) provides the basis for a reading tour of Ireland that will showcase a poetry of wit, verve and serious philosophical inquiry.

Judges

  • Professor Kevin Brophy - Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne - Head of Creative Writing - Poet
  • Professor Ken Gelder - co-Director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Professor of English
  • Associate Professor Denise Varney - co-Director of the Australian Centre, The University of Melbourne - Associate Professor, Theatre Studies

2012 Vincent Buckley Poetry Prize

Miriam Gamble was awarded.

The panel of judges considered her work was forthright, energetic and technically skilled. There is both darkness and a weird humour to her poetry.

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Highly Commended

  • James Harpur

Judges

  • Chair: Professor Kevin Brophy - Culture and Communication, The University of Melbourne - Head of Creative Writing
  • Jane Crawley - Manager Arts and Culture, City of Melbourne
  • Dr Bronwyn Lea - Senior Lecturer in Writing, University of Queensland