Thomas Shapcott


Thomas Shapcott is a Queensland-born poet and novelist.

His first book Time on Fire (Jacaranda) was published in 1961; his most recent novel is Spirit Wrestlers (Wakefield Press, 2004) and poetry collection, The City of Empty Rooms (Salt Publishing, 2006).

He was the inaugural Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide until 2005 and has now retired to Melbourne.



FictionEMRE ALWAYS RISES at five. His palliasse has to be slid beneath the couch so that Frau Losberg might use the tiny room through the day for her piecework sewing. Emre is sincerely grateful for this space. It is...

My Queensland – Training in resolve

ReportageThe first forty-six years of my life were spent in Ipswich and Brisbane; the territory has imprinted itself at the deepest level of my being. The Queensland that my children and grandchildren know is still imbued with the same...

His grandfather

PoetryWhat was he thinking of, coming here?A new world? A rich initiativeFor a young body raised in an old country?He brought with him all the old conceptsTo join with others already here.There was no new world. He brought with...

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