Saxby Pridmore is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Tasmania. He has written several textbooks and over two hundred academic papers. Saxby was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to psychiatric treatment and research.
He is a also a poet, with almost 300 poems published regularly since 1986 in diverse publications including Quadrant, Studio, Famous Reporter, Blue Dog, Overland and Island. A select anthology of these poems, White-out, was published by Lacuna in 2016.
Saxby was hewn by the Australian bush poets, sand-papered by Les Murray and W B Yeates, polished by Bruce Dawe and Mary Oliver, and is given an occasional light dust-off by Michael Leunig.
He and his wife Mary have a son and a daughter, and three grandchildren.
Previous publications and prizes
Studio National Poetry Prize, Runner-up, 2007
Australia Remembers Literary Award, Highly Commended, 1995
Erle Joseph Poetry Award, Highly Commended, 1986
Contest of the Decade, Highly Commended, 1990
Primary Care, edited by Angela Belli and Jack Coulehan (University of Iowa Press, 2006)
Verbal Medicine, edited by Tim Metcalf (Ginninderra Press, 2006)
The Quadrant Book of Poetry 2001–2010, edited by Les Murray (Quadrant Books, 2012)