Alan Wearne has been part of the Australian poetry scene since 1968 and is the author of three verse collections, a verse novella, two verse novels and Kicking in Danger, a satire on Melbourne's football. The first volume of his verse novel, The Lovemakers, won the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Poetry, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year and the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Award. The Lovemakers Book Two co-won the Foundation for Australian Literary Studies’ Colin Roderick Award and H.T. Priestley Medal. The Lovemakers has since been published in one volume by Shearsman Books of Exeter, England. His latest book is The Australian Popular Songbook which won the 2008 Grace Levin prize. Saying of himself ‘I am an elitist and I am an entertainer’, Alan teaches poetry at the University of Wollongong, lives part of the year in Fremantle and considers himself a Melbourne poet living in exile.