New Writing on Contemporary Art with Luke Davies

Intimate Immensity - A meditation on the art of Anne Judell

Co-presented with the Power Institute

Supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund

30 October

The Power Institute and Sydney Ideas are proud to present a talk by writer Luke Davies, recent recipient of the prestigious NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry.

Davies’ talk will be the first in a series of presentations supported by the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, that will see four of Australia’s most prominent writers discuss and respond to inspiring works of contemporary Australian art.

Join us to hear Davies discuss the meditative abstract pastels and drawings of NSW artist Anne Judell, in his unique poetic voice.

Luke Davies

Luke Davies is a novelist, screenwriter, and essayist whose poetry has garnered popular and critical acclaim. He was born and raised in Sydney, Australia, and earned a BA from the University of Sydney. He is the author of the poetry collections Four Plots for Magnets (1982), Absolute Event Horizon (1994), Running With Light (1999), Totem (2005), and Interferon Psalms (2011). His chapbooks include The Entire History of Architecture … and other love poems (2001) andFeral Aphorisms (2011).

Mystical, cosmic, lush, and humorous, Davies’s poetry references contemporary culture and figures. His Totem, a book of love poetry, received numerous awards in Australia, winning both an Age Poetry Book of the Year award and overall Age Book of the Year award, as well as the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, the South Australian Premier’s Literary Award for Poetry, and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal–an unusual feat for a book of poetry.

Davies’s semi-autobiographical novel Candy (1997) was made into a movie in 2006. Davies co-wrote the screenplay with director Neil Armfield. The movie starred Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish, and Geoffrey Rush and won awards from both the Australian Writers Guild and the Film Critics Circle of Australia. Davies’s other novels include Isabelle the Navigator (2000) and God of Speed (2008).