is the author of five previous collections of poetry and several novels and works of short fiction. His The Book of Sei (1985) was heralded as the most impressive debut in Australian short fiction since Peter Carey’s. His novel The Fern Tattoo (UQP, 2007) was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The Sydney Morning Herald called his collection of poetry, The Balcony (UQP, 2008), ‘an electric performance’. Until 2013 he taught Australian Literature at The University of Sydney. In recent years he has devoted his writing increasingly to animal advocacy. He lives with rescued sheep in the Blue Mountains of New South Wales. In 2014 he was awarded a 2015/16 Australia Council Fellowship for services to Australian and international literature.