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Savige, Jaya

Jaya Savige was born in Sydney and grew up on Bribie Island and in Brisbane. His first collection, Latecomers (UQP 2005), won the NSW Premier’s Kenneth Slessor Prize, the Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Prize and the Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award, and was shortlisted for a number of others. In 2007 he was a writer in residence at the B.R. Whiting Studio, Rome. In addition to his appearances at numerous festivals and events across Australia, Jaya has given readings in New York, London, Berlin, Prague, Milan, Turin and Bali. He edits poetry for The Australian and is currently studying for a PhD in English at the University of Cambridge. <#InMedia#><#AuthorVideo#><#AuthorWebsite#><#AuthorTwitter#><#AuthorFaceBook#>
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Winner of the prestigious Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize, Jaya Savige’s latecomers is a first collection of poems by one of Australia’s most exciting young poets. Lively, playful, and always intelligent, Savige’s poems show an awareness of place, of the inescapability of history, and a personal commitment to the precision of language. ‘The poems in latecomers go beyond what we take for granted these days in a first collection: refinement of language and cadence, allusiveness, wit. Moving easily through abstract wonders and the streets of the inner city, they return for nourishment to family and ‘the Island’ – Bribie, its fishing-life and beaches – as a test always of what is native and endures’ – DAVID MALOUF


Surface to Air

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Surface to Air, evolving over a period of five years from 2006—2011, is an impressive follow-up to Savige’s extremely successful debut latecomers. It charts Jaya’s various poetic influences during this period, which have included David Malouf, Peter Porter, Les Murray and Giuseppe Ungaretti.