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Luke  Davies

Luke Davies is an Australian writer and poet. He has worked variously as a truck driver, teacher, and journalist. He has published five books of poetry, including  Absolute Event Horizon which was shortlisted for the 1995 Turnbull Fox Phillips poetry prize; his collection Running With Light was the winner of the Judith Wright Poetry Prize 2000, and Totem, which won the 2004 Age Book of the Year Award. He was also awarded the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal for Poetry in 2004  He has completed several residencies around the world, including at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre for the Arts, Ireland; The Australia Centre, Chiang Mai, Thailand; the Centre d'Art I Natura, Farrera de Pallars, Spain and Schloss Wiepersdorf, Germany. Luke is also a published novelist, his first novel is Isabelle the Navigator. A second novel, Candy, was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 1998 and later adapted into a film starring Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish in 2006.  His latest novel God of Speed, was released in 2009. 

Luke's work with The Red Room Company can be seen in Episode 6 of 'The Wordshed'. He was also interviewed in 2003 on 'Red Room Radio' and reads the poem 'Spastic on the beach' and extracts from Totem. A handwritten extract from Totem featured in 'Fingerprints'. Listen to Luke read his poem, 'Sketch'.




  • Luke Davies - Sketch


  • Dreams and meaning