I was born in 1972 in Pakenham, Victoria. The town at that time was where suburbia ended, and the bush and rural lands of Gippsland began. I was fortunate to have the semi-wilderness of a large garden to explore as I grew up. It nurtured in me a love of the natural world.
These days I live in a Melbourne suburb with my beautiful family (we have two children; the third child is a cat).
My professional career as a senior manager and linguist is documented on my LinkedIn account.
My first book of poetry, Event (Salt, 2007) included poems that had won a number of awards, among them, the prestigious Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship in Poetry (2002-2004), an Academy of American Poets University Prize (2004), and the Australian Book Review Poetry Prize for "Still Life with Cockles and Shells" (2006 – since renamed the Peter Porter Poetry Prize). "Openings", which appears in, Interval, was joint winner of the Peter Porter Poetry Prize in 2011.
Event won the Anne Elder Award for a first book of poetry, and was shortlisted for three other major national prizes: the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards C.J. Dennis Prize, the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Prize and the Association for the Study of Australian Literature Mary Gilmore Prize.
Poems from Event and Interval (UQP 2018) have appeared in the Best Australian Poems 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2017, and in three anthologies: Contemporary Australian Poetry (eds. Martin Langford, Judith Beveridge, Judy Johnson and David Musgrave, Glebe: Puncher & Wattman, 2016), Thirty Australian Poets (ed. Felicity Plunkett, St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 2011), and Motherlode: Australian Women’s Poetry 1986 – 2008 (eds. Jennifer Harrison & Kate Waterhouse, Glebe: Puncher & Wattman, 2009).
In addition to Interval and Event, I have published two chapbooks: Aftermarks (Rare Objects Series: Vagabond Press, 2012) and Alice Missing in Wonderland and Other Poems (Picaro Press, 2008).
I have appeared at the Sydney Writers' Festival (2019, 2010), the Melbourne Writers' Festival (2007), and was a guest emerging poet at the Mildura Writers' Festival (2007).
I have a love of the French language, and poetry and philosophy written in it. I have participated in French-English literary and translation festivals in France as a guest poet and translator (Biennale des Poètes en Val-de-Marne 2015, directed by Francis Combes, and Festival franco-anglais de poésie, 2015, directed by Linda Maria Baros) and in Melbourne (Festival franco-anglais de poésie, 2008, directed by Jacques Rancourt). Several of my poems have appeared in French translation in La Traductière, and ‘Reading the Greek Myths’ was set to music by Mansoor Hosseini and performed in Paris as part of the Festival franco-anglais de poésie (http://www.musicalmo.com/composition.php?cat=5). A full set of works inspired by my poems is given below.
I would love to hear from any artist or musician who would like to produce a work based on, or inspired by, a poem I have written.
Art Works inspired by Judith's poems
Mansour Hosseini (Sweden/Iran)
"Reading the Greek Myths", work for mezzo, voice (recitation), saxophone, piano (7'), performed on 13 June, 2015 at the Festival franco-anglais de la poésie in Paris: http://www.lindamariabaros.fr/Festival_franco-anglais_de_poesie_French-English_Poetry_Festival_2015.html. Composer's website: http://www.musicalmo.com/start.php
Jurga Zabukaite (Lithuania)
"Reading the Greek Myths", performed on 9 June, 2015 at the Festival franco-anglais de la poésie in Paris. Artist information: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm4180612/
PRINTS AND PAINTINGS
Christine Dabadie-Fabreuguette (France) -- Calligraphies inspired by "Mother to Child" and other poems:
Ghislaine Escande (France) -- Artwork integrating a section of "Control" in English and French translation, included in artworks prepared for the Festival International de la Géographie in St Dié, 2017.
Michel Madore (France) -- ink painting inspired by a poem "The Word-Poem" published in La Traductière, 2013: http://www.festrad.com/f/13MadBaB.html
Judith is available for readings from Interval. Please use the contact form below or Facebook message. Thank you.