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 Graeme Dixon

Graeme Dixon

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Graeme Dixon was born in Perth in l955. His mother is a Noongar from Katanning and his father an English migrant orphan who grew up at Fairbridge Farm. Beginning at three years of age, he spent several years in Sister Kate’s Children’s Home. Between ten and fourteen years he lived in a Salvation Army Boys Home, before being expelled from high school. He was in and out of reformatories and at sixteen ended up in Fremantle Prison where he spent most of the next nine years. He began writing while in prison, where restrictions made it necessary for him to hide his poetry from the authorities. At twenty-seven, Graeme began tertiary study and later completed a course at Curtin University on politics, communications and Aboriginal Studies. In 1999 his first collection of poetry Holocaust Island won the Unaipon Award. He has written on his life in the 2002 University of Western Australia publication Echoes of the Past: Sister Kate’s Home Revisited; and is currently writing his memoir. A selection of poetry from Holocaust Island appears in UQP’s first Black Australian Writing anthology, Fresh Cuttings, to be released in October 2003.