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Alan Wearne (born 23 July 1948)[1] is an Australian poet.

Alan Wearne
Born23 July 1948
OccupationPoet, lecturer
Period1971 - current

Alan Wearne was born and grew up in Melbourne.[2] He studied history at Monash University where he met the poets Laurie Duggan and John A. Scott. After publishing two collections of poetry, he wrote a verse novel, The Nightmarkets, published in 1986 which won the Banjo Award and was adapted for performance.

His next book in the same genre, The Lovemakers, won the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award. The first half of the novel was published by Penguin, and its second by the ABC in 2004 as The Lovemakers: Book Two, Money and Nothing and co-won The Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and the H. T. Priestly Medal. Despite this critical success neither book was promoted properly and both volumes ended up being pulped.[3] Shearsman Press in the UK has since republished the book in a single volume.

Alan Wearne's latest work, "The Australian Popular Songbook" was published in 2008 by Giramondo Publishing. He lectured in Creative Writing[4] at the University of Wollongong up until the end of 2016.


  • Public Relations (1972)
  • New Devil, New Parish (1976)
  • The Nightmarkets (Penguin, 1986) ISBN 0-14-007586-0
  • Out Here (Newcastle upon Tyne : Bloodaxe Books 1987) ISBN 0-906427-72-X
  • Kicking In Danger (Black Pepper 1997) ISBN 1-876044-20-9 review
  • The Lovemakers: Book One, Saying All The Great Sexy Things (Penguin, 2001) ISBN 0-14-024541-3
  • The Lovemakers: Book Two, Money and Nothing (ABC, 2004) ISBN 0-7333-1359-0 review review
  • Sarsaparilla A Calypso (Polar Bear Press, 2007)
  • The Australian Popular Songbook (Giramondo 2008) ISBN 978-1-920882-41-9
  • These Things Are Real (Giramondo 2017) ISBN 978-1-925336-32-0


  1. ^ Maxine Beneba Clarke, "These things are real", The Saturday Paper, 3-9 February 2018, p. 30
  2. ^ Alan Wearne Archived 2006-10-27 at the Wayback Machine (Australian Literature Resources) Accessed: 4-1-2007
  3. ^ Neil, Rosmary. Pulping our poetry (The Australian) Accessed 9-11-2009
  4. ^ Alan Warne - Faculty of Creative Arts (University of Wollongong) Accessed 9-11-2009

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