Thomas Shapcott

Thomas Shapcott
Thomas Shapcott is an Australian poet, novelist, playwright, editor, librettist, short story writer and teacher. He has received numerous rewards and accolades for his work, and in 1989 was appointed an Officer (AO) of the Order of Australia.

Thomas Shapcott reviews 'Collected Poems' by Ern Malley

September 1993, no. 154 01 September 1993
Thomas Shapcott reviews 'Collected Poems' by Ern Malley
The poems of Ern Malley must be on the way to becoming the most reprinted collection of twentieth-century Australian poetry. As Max Harris says in his essay, one of the pivots of this book: More than forty years on, after his death from Graves’ disease and his burial at Rookwood Cemetery in 1944, after twelve editions of his collected poetry in the intervening years, Ern Malley is alive and w ... (read more)

'Commonwealth Writer’s Week, Brisbane, 1982' by Thomas Shapcott

November 1982, no. 46 01 November 1982
For the previous Commonwealth Writers’ Week associated with the Commonwealth Games at Edmonton, a large if not necessarily lively anthology of writing from all countries of the Commonwealth was produced. Brisbane produced a twelve page ‘Guide to Participants’ which showed that only eighteen of the sixty-three listed participants were not Australian or Australian born. Not all of the eighteen ... (read more)

'Smell', a new poem by Thomas Shapcott

March 2014, no. 359 27 February 2014
Underneath everything we touch is the smellOf something too obvious to expressAnd yet we say there is nothing, nothing at all. We have learned to live with a multitude of smells,They simply do not bother us, they are everydayAnd part of the natural world we have inherited. There is nothing more obvious than the smell of living,It is like movement, and, like movement, it is everywhere.Like sweat ... (read more)
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