Gig Ryan - A Reading from New and Selected Poems

Monday, 10th September 2012, 2pm – 4pm

Elizabeth Burchill Rooms,
Building 68  (Performing Arts Centre), Clayton Campus

To celebrate the publication of her long-awaited New and Selected Poems (Giramondo 2011), Gig Ryan will be reading from and discussing her poetry. Her most recent book, also published in the UK, collects work from over three decades, and has been shortlisted for both the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Gig Ryan is the author of six previous volumes: The Division of Anger (1981), Manners of an Astronaut (1984), The Last Interior (1986), Excavation (1990), Pure and Applied (1998), and Heroic Money (2001). She has been awarded the C.J. Dennis Prize for Poetry in 1999, and the FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award.

As the critic Owen Richardson has written, her widely anthologised and influential poetry is,
‘the product of a thoroughgoing research into language where the materials, the data, are displayed, denaturalised: skidding jolting precipitate diction, counterpoints of stateliness and trashiness kept from incoherence by tightly organised sound and rhythmic systems, synaesthesia, catachresis, collage — it’s all absolutely modern….she may even have invented or at any rate done the best R&D on a whole new affect, elegiac sarcasm.’
Gig Ryan has been the poetry editor of The Age since 1998; she also works as freelance reviewer, and has written extended articles on Les Murray, Judith Wright, and Indonesian novelist Pramoedya Ananta Toer.