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John Alan Scott (who has published under the names John A. Scott and John Scott) (born 23 April 1948) is an English-Australian poet, novelist and academic.



Scott was born in Littlehampton[1] in Sussex, England, migrating to Australia during his childhood and residing mainly in Melbourne since 1959.[2] He attended Monash University, where he was a contemporary of fellow poets Alan Wearne and Laurie Duggan.[3]

A former freelance scriptwriter for radio and television, working on such shows as The Aunty Jack Show (1974), It's Magic (1974) and the The Garry McDonald Show (1977).

he first became known in the literary world as a poet. Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, his work developed in an 'experimental' direction unusual in Australian poetry, owing partly to his interest in translation. In 1985 he was one of Four Australian Poets group that toured the USA and Canada reading poetry.[2] He also edited and translated Emmanuel Hocquard : Elegies and Other Works (1989).[1]

Since the 1990s he has concentrated on producing novels. This change was occasioned in part by an Australia Council studio fellowship in Paris which he shared with the Australian novelist Mark Henshaw.[4] His work has won him the Victorian Premier's Award twice, in 1986 and again in 1994. The novel, What I Have Written, has been filmed from his own screenplay and he has been translated into French, German and Slovenian.

He has taught in the Faculty of Creative Arts at Wollongong University but now writes full-time.




  • The Barbarous Sideshow (1975)
  • From the Flooded City (1981)
  • Smoking (1983)
  • The Quarrel with Ourselves & Confession (Rigmarole, 1984) ISBN 0-909229-27-9
  • St. Clair: Three Narratives (UQP, 1986) ISBN 0-7022-1907-X
  • Singles: Shorter Poems, 1982-1986 (1989)
  • Translation (Picador, 1990) ISBN 0-330-27196-2
  • Selected Poems (UQP, 1995) ISBN 0-7022-2688-2


External linksEdit


  1. ^ a b John A Scott Contents page Archived 2006-08-21 at the Wayback Machine at Australian Literature Resources
  2. ^ a b "John Scott". 2011-09-08. Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  3. ^ Austlit. "John Scott: (author/organisation) | AustLit: Discover Australian Stories". Retrieved 2018-11-10.
  4. ^ Wyndham, Susan (2014-09-05). "26 years after his acclaimed first novel Mark Henshaw explains the hiatus in his writing life". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2018-11-10.