Gwen Harwood: A centenary birthday tribute

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ABR Online

Gwen Harwood: A centenary birthday tribute

by
ABR Online

Gwen Harwood, who died in 1995, was born on 8 June 1920, in Brisbane, of course, which she loved dearly. Harwood seems increasingly to have been one of the finest poets Australia has ever produced. She was much loved; anyone who knew her relished her wit, her directness, her inextinguishable spirit. To mark the centenary of her birth, ABR asked a number of her colleagues and admirers to record some of her poems. Happily, there are hundreds of them to explore.

All speakers and poems read are listed below in the order they appear.


Stephanie Trigg – 'Dialogue'

Stephan Edgar – 'Mid-Channel'

Greg Kratzmann – 'At Mornington'

Larry Sitsky – 'New Music'

Morag Fraser – 'Sea Eagle'

Peter Rose – 'The Twins'

Sarah Holland-Batt – 'Carnal Knowledge I'

Paul Kane – 'The Sick Philosopher'

Ann-Marie Priest – 'Night Flight'

Beate Josephi – 'At the Arts Club'

Kerryn Goldsworthy – 'The Wound'

Alison Hoddinott – 'Fido’s Paw Is Bleeding'

Andrew Taylor – 'Mother Who Gave Me Life'

John Hawke – 'Toward Bruny'

Margaret Robson Kett – 'O Could One Write As One Makes Love'

Craig Powell – 'The Past and Present'

Robyn Archer – 'Suburban Sonnet'


The ABR Podcast is released every Wednesday and features a range of literary highlights, such as reviews, poetry, fiction, interviews, and commentary.

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Music credit: 'Moonrise' and 'Negentropy' by Chad Crouch is licensed under a Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

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comment (1)

  • Love her poetry. . A unique Australian voice that was revered the world over.
    Posted by Eugenie
    03 June 2020

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