Australian Poet Geoff Page

Geoff Page spent his early years on a property in the Clarence Valley around the region of The Clarence Gorge.
In his moving poems there are many disturbing echoes of the first European settlements in the upper Clarence region around Currawinya. The greed and arrogance of some of those early settlers toward the Aboriginal clans has resulted in the dilemma of endemic racism in the Northern Rivers region today. This racial  intolerance has resulted in the destruction of the Bundjalung Culture at Currawinya - The Meeting Of The Rivers.

GEOFF PAGE is a Canberra poet who has published fifteen books of poetry, two novels, a biography, a book of short stories and poems and edited two anthologies. Among his more recent poetry collections are Collateral Damage and Darker and Lighter which won the Grace Leven Prize for 2001. His long poem, The Scarring, was published in 1999 and broadcast on ABC Radio in 2001 and 2001. He also published A Readerís Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry in 1995.

With time off for several grants from the Literature Fund, Geoff Page ran the English Department at Narrabundah College, ACT, from 1974 to 2001. Geoff has read his work and talked about Australian poetry at conferences in Britain, Italy, Switzerland, China, Singapore and New Zealand. He has also been writer in residence at the University of Wollongong, the Australian Defence Force Academy, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University. In 1990 Page won the Queensland Premierís Prize for Poetry and in 2001 he won the Patrick White Literary Award.

 The Great Forgetting is a book by the Australian poet Geoff Page with illustrations by the Indigenous artist Bevan Hayward Pooaraar.

1996, pb, 215x160mm, 160pp
ISBN 9780855752903

This book conveys in poetry and striking reproductions the forgotten story of Australia in the last 200 years. The story of the interaction of Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people. It is about brutality, arrogance, honest misunderstandings, occasional decencies and continuing unresolved problems.

In this creative contribution towards national reconciliation, poet Geoff Page and artist Bevan Hayward (Pooaraar) combine their significant talents in an effort to end 'the great forgetting'

Read some of Geoff's poems at:
The great forgetting poems - Google Books

ABC Radio National Program The Extra Panel  Presenter: Gretchen Miller

The Extra Panel explores an unusual collaboration between artist and writer. Geoff Page and the late Aboriginal artist Pooaraar hit it off when Pooaraar responded to one of Page's poems, titled 'The Extra Panel'. The poem is about the 1904 painting The Pioneer, by Frederick McCubbin. The painting is famous for its illustration of the 'progress' of settlement, in its three panels.

In The Extra Panel Page and Pooaraar imagine a third panel in which a darker history is revealed. The two collaborate further, with paintings that continue to show the subjects of Page's passionate poetry, in a book called The Great Forgetting.

A compressed epic of conflict, identity, love and loss. Whitby Downs, a famous cattle station on the Clarence River, has been in Whitby hands since the 1840s but now they are selling up. Or are they? Family conflicts, generational splits, commercial opportunism Ė nothing is black and white in the fight over Whitby Downs. Freehold, Geoff Pageís third verse novel, from its opening section, a parallel exchange of nineteenth century letters, takes a profound look at what land can come to mean to its owners across a hundred and fifty years. Or several thousand...

"With Freehold, Geoff Page continues his use of the verse novel, a form which he made utterly his own. His great technical skill carries the saga with wonderful dexterity. Portraits of people, their talk and their behaviour are wonderfully drawn. The poet's obsession with the challenge of reconciliation carries the story in a riveting way, while descriptions of the Clarence River and its landscape show Geoff Page at his lyrical height." - Kate Llewellyn


ISBN 1 876040 70 X

Other books by Geoff Page

Geoff Page website


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