Sarah Day

Sarah Frances Day (b 1958), poet, was born in England but came to Hobart as a child. Though she admits to 'knowing fully/that I am from somewhere else', Tasmania inspires much of her reflective and evocative verse. A hunger to be less serious (1987) won the Anne Elder Prize for the best first book of poetry. It was followed by A madder dance (1992) and Quickening (1997). Day's New & selected poems was published in 2002. Among subjects addressed in her poetry are parenthood, the natural world (for instance the memorable Giant Crab in 'Seventy fathoms up') and events beyond its shore that impinge on the conscience of Tasmanians. Day has also worked as a teacher of English and creative writing, and a poetry editor of Island magazine.

Peter Pierce