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Hanna, Cliff

Cliff Hanna taught at the University of Newcastle until 1993 when he took early retirement and moved to Maleny, Qld and become a full-time writer. He completed a PhD in 1974 on John Shaw Neilson and his critical study The Folly of Spring: A Study of the Poetry of John Shaw Neilson (1990) won the McRae Russell prize. He also edited a collection of Neilson’s work, John Shaw Neilson: Poetry, Autobiography and Correspondence (1991). He is the author of Bandits on the Great North Road: The Bushranger as Social Force (1993) and Design and Culture (1995). He has researched extensively on balladry and written a folk opera on the bushranger Ned Kelly, which was performed in Newcastle in 1999.