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Thomas Shapcott was born in Ipswich, Queensland, in 1935. He has published 15 collections of poems, as well as eight novels and over 20 libretti. Translations of his work in book form have been published in Hungary, Romania and the Republic of Macedonia. He was Director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council 1983–90; Executive Director of the National Book Council 1991–97; and the inaugural Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide 1997–2005. In 1989 he was awarded an Order of Australia for services to literature and in 2000 he won the Patrick White Award. The Arts Queensland Thomas Shapcott Poetry Prize was named in his honour. He lives in Melbourne.
ALL TITLES BY THOMAS SHAPCOTT
The Moment Made Marvellous: A Celebration Of Uqp Poetry
The Moment Made Ma...
Thomas Shapcott


With poems by 70 of Australia's finest contemporary poets, this incomparable selection provides a delectable tour of our poetry from 1968 to 1998. Over 160 poems have been selected. They range from wr ...


The Moment Made Marvellous: Three Decades Of Uqp Poetry
The Moment Made Ma...
Thomas Shapcott


With poems by 70 of Australia's finest contemporary poets, this incomparable selection provides a delectable tour of our poetry from 1968 to 1998. Over 160 poems have been selected. They range from wr ...


Parts Of Us
Parts Of Us
Thomas Shapcott


Parts of Us holds in balance a quiet maturity with a vital energy. Ranging from sonnet sequences to long lyrical meditations, dramatic monologues to more confessional works, these poems are imbued wit ...


Selected Poems: Thomas Shapcott
Selected Poems: Th...
Thomas Shapcott


This fine selection brings together the best work of one of Australia's most significant poets. The poems span some thirty years of his publications, from his early "Shabbytown Calendar" (1971) to po ...


IN THE MEDIA
'Parts of Us is an accessible work by an authoritative poet and represents an urban Australian landscape readers will have little difficulty relating to.' Bookseller+Publisher, March 2010

'Its centrepiece is a sequence called Adelaide Lunch Sonnets … They are almost without exception superb: relaxed, chatty, full of the kind of graceful wisdom one would expect from a symposium. Most impressively, they display a formal mastery that should place Shapcott among the cream of formal Australian poets. … [a book] of graceful mastery.' Weekend Australian, 27 March 2010

'Parts of Us is witty, clever and thought-provoking. It is also deeply moving, a powerful testament to a life and an art. … a powerful anthology.' Sydney Morning Herald, April 2010

'Parts of Us moves with a steady, warm rhythm, seemingly born of wisdom, deliberation, and the vision of serenity. This is fine writing – lucid, lovely, and striking. Well-paced, the collection delivers in poem after poem. Shapcott is in fine form in this rewarding volume of poetry.  As for Australian poetry, this is certainly a stand out publication of recent years. Shapcott’s technique is masterful and it feels very much as if what he says is something well worth saying – he has a rare gift.' m/c reviews [online], 27 April 2010

'Shapcott has an eye on both pleasure and decay in the body and the world around him.' West Australian, May 2010