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Saxby Pridmore

Saxby Pridmore

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

Poetry anthologies:

  • 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)