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Jaya Savige, author of Latecomers, Change Machine, and Surface to Air

Jaya Savige


Jaya Savige was born in Sydney, raised on Bribie Island, and lives in London. He is the author of Latecomers (UQP, 2005), which won the New South Wales Premier’s Prize for Poetry and was highly commended for the ASAL Mary Gilmore Award, and Surface to Air(UQP, 2011), which was shortlisted for The Age Poetry Book of the Year and the Western Australian Premier’s Book Award for Poetry. He read for a PhD on James Joyce at the University of Cambridge (Christ’s) as a Gates Scholar, and has held Australia Council residencies at the B.R. Whiting Studio, Rome, and the Cité Internationale des Arts, Paris. He lectures at the New College of the Humanities at Northeastern, and is poetry editor for The Australian. His newest collection, Change Machine, was shortlisted for the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in 2021, the 2021 Judith Wright Calanthe Award for a Poetry Collection and the Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance.