Five Islands Press Authors

Judy Johnson has published more than 300 poems in literary magazines across Australia and the UK. Many of them have won major awards, including but not limited to the John Shaw Neilson Prize, the Val Vallis Award, the Tom Collins Poetry Prize (twice), the Banjo Paterson Poetry Prize (three years running), the Bruce Dawe Poetry Prize, and the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize. She co-judged the Newcastle Poetry Prize in 2004 and 2005. Her first collection, Wing Corrections, was on the Schools List in WA; her second, Nomadic, won the Wesley Michel Wright Award. Her verse novel Jack, published by Pandanus Books, won the 2007 Victorian Premier's CJ Dennis Prize for Poetry. Judy lives in the Lake Macquarie region of New South Wales and is currently working on a second verse novel to execute her third Australia Council grant.


Barry Hill is an acclaimed writer in several genres, having won Premier's Awards for poetry, the essay and non-fiction, most recently Broken Song (2002) which also won the National Biography Award and the Tasmania Pacific Bicentenary History Prize. His short fiction has been widely anthologised, and translated into Japanese and Chinese. This is his sixth collection of poetry. His first collection, Raft (1990) was runner up for the Anne Elder Award, and his second, the long narrative poem Ghosting William Buckley won the 1994 Premier's Award. For fifteen years he was Radio Critic for The Age, and he has written many works for radio, most recently Desert Canticles in 2000, (with music composed by Elena Kats-Chernin), which was based on his third book of poetry The Inland Sea (2001). His first libretto, Love Stronger than Death, music by Andrew Schultz, was performed by The Song Company at 'The Studio' at the Sydney Opera House in 2004. Since 2003 his work has appeared in Black Inc's annual Best Australian Poems. He is Poetry Editor for the national newspaper, The Australian. He lives by the sea in Queenscliff, Victoria, and is married to the singer/songwriter Rose Bygrave.

Sandy Fitts was born in England and grew up on the coast of Yorkshire. Her poems have been published widely and have won many awards in Australia and the UK.
‘Waiting for Goya’ won the Gwen Harwood Poetry Prize 2007. Other first prizes include The Arts Queensland Val Vallis Award and the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Competition, while ‘Headgear (a review)’ was shortlisted for the Australian Book Review poetry prize. In the UK, her poems have won prizes in the Petra Kenney International Poetry Competition and the Bridport Poetry Prize.
Fitts has worked on trains and boats, in factories, cafes, schools, and in many offices. Her various university studies include an MBA.

For further information check out Sandy's website: www.fitts.info

‘View from the Lucky Hotel’ is her first poetry collection to be published.

Louise Oxley was born Louise Hawker in Hobart in 1955. She has taught English as a second language for many years, both at home in Australia and overseas in France and Thailand, and now works as language and academic skills adviser to international students at the University of Tasmania.

Poems in this collection, her second, have won several national awards, including the Melbourne Poets Union and Tom Collins Prizes and the Bruce Dawe Prize in both 2004 and 2007. Her first book, Compound Eye (Five Islands Press, 2003), was commended in the Anne Elder Award. A selection of her poems appears in Moorilla Mosaic: Contemporary Tasmanian Writing (Bumble-bee Books, 2001) and in Wagtail 41, Sitting with Cézanne (Picaro Press, 2005). She is the Tasmanian editor for Blue Dog: Australian Poetry. She has served on Arts Tasmania advisory panels and on the Tasmanian Writers Centre board.

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