Texts in the City: Gwen Harwood: Selected Poems
Studying a book or film can be a short-cut to consigning it to boredom. But our Texts in the City series – a gift to students, their teachers and lifelong learners – brings the VCE English and Literature lists to life. In this video, Tony Birch and Kevin Brophy appraise Gwen Harwood’s Selected Poems.
Kevin Brophy has had fourteen books of poetry, fiction and critical and personal essays published. His latest book is This is what Gives Us Time (Gloria SMH), a collection of poems written while poet-in-residence at the B R Whiting Library in Rome during 2015. In 2009 he was awarded the Calibre prize for an outstanding essay. He teaches creative writing at the University of Melbourne.
Tony Birch is the author of three novels: the bestselling The White Girl, winner of the 2020 NSW Premier's Award for Indigenous Writing, and shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Prize; Ghost River, winner of the 2016 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award for Indigenous Writing, and Blood, which was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award in 2012. He is also the author of Shadowboxing, and three short story collections – Father’s Day, The Promise and Common People.
In 2017 Tony was awarded the Patrick White Literary Award. In 2021 he will release two new books, a poetry collection, Whisper Songs, and a new short story collection, Dark as Last Night. Tony Birch is also an activist, historian and essayist.