Margaret Scott

Margaret Daphne Scott (19342005), distinguished poet, novelist, academic and essayist, whose witty television and radio appearances have endeared her to nationwide audiences. From 1966 to 1989 her lectures inspired students in English at the University of Tasmania, while her friendship led a group of poets and prose authors who have brought Tasmanian writing to new prominence.

Publications include four books of poetry; two novels, The baby farmer and Family album; an experiment in mixed-genre, Changing countries; numerous articles for periodicals here and overseas; a libretto, Southern oceans; and a book on Port Arthur, the region where she lives and to whose landscape and people she is deeply committed. She writes about her English childhood, education at Cambridge, migration to Australia, family life, history, gardening and her growing love for this island.

Jennifer Livett