Anna Kerdijk Nicholson

After graduating in English and American literature and qualifying as a solicitor, Anna Kerdijk Nicholson migrated to Australia from England in 1989. As Artist-in-Residence at Bundanon in 1998 she wrote her first book of poetry, The Bundanon Cantos (FIP, 2003) which was mentioned in The Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Books of 2003. She has won the Arts Queensland Award for Unpublished Poetry and been a prizewinner in The Society of Women Writers National Poetry Prize. From 2004 to 2008 she edited Five Bells, the quarterly poetry journal of The Poets Union Inc. She has been the grateful recipient of New Work grants as an emerging and as a developing writer from the Australia Council for the Arts. She cycles to work in Sydney. Her new book, Possession: Poems about the voyage of Lt James Cook in the Endeavour 1768-1771, published by Five Islands Press in February 2010, has won the 2010 Wesley Michel Wright Prize and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for poetry.



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