for a Dead Father
(Vulgar Press) was short listed for The 29th annual AGE Book of the
Year awards. Lyn McCredden, academic and critic, says of Poems for
a Dead Father:
Geoff Goodfellow is well-known as a confronting
performer of his gutsy, colloquial, humorous poems. Language is a weapon
in Poems for a Dead Father - guttural, aggressive, pointed -
but wielded often with gentle regret. The stamp of the poetry is its
rapid swerves between comic deflation and knockabout reverence:"I
couldn't believe it/ when I saw dad in his coffin/ so small/ he looks
like a leprechaun/ he is my brother replied/ he is."('Scaled Down').
This poetry is unmistakably Australian, working-class and masculine,
emerging from deep within a world of Vietnam veterans, drink, death,
family, frayed lino, laminex and sex, and the politics of class.
Career Highlights Include:
- Launching his first collection, No
Collars No Cuffs (now in its 9th printing) at the 1986
Adelaide Writer's Week.
- Funded in 1987 by the Literature Board
of the Australia Council to conduct an eight week series of writing
workshops for 'troubled teenagers' in Tasmania. This culminated in the
anthology King Hits.
- Sharing a two man show with the legendary
Ken Kesey (One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest)
during a 1988 North American Tour.
Appointed inaugural recipient of the Carclew Fellowship at the 1988
Festival Awards for Literature.
- During 1989 employed by Australian National
Railways as 'Poet On The Trains' for 1st class passengers in the Club
Bars on The Ghan, Indian Pacific and Melbourne Express.
- Awarded 1990 Australia Council Community
Writer's Fellowship with the now CFMEU culminating in the publication
No Ticket No Start.
- Opening rock concerts for Midnight
Oil and The Velvet Underground legend, John
- Invited guest, 1991 Sydney Writer's
- Invited guest, 1992 Vancouver International
Writer's Festival followed by a German University Reading Tour.
- Invited guest, 1993 Darwin May Day Festival.
- Appointed 1994 writer-in-residence at
York University, Toronto, Canada.
- During 1995 performed a series of live
to air poetry segments for 'Adelaide Today' on
- Invited guest, 1996 'Casa de las Americas',
- Conducted the 1997 No Words No Power
tour of regional and remote Queensland. Toured Weipa to Brisbane via
the Gold Coast, Mt Isa and Central Qld, Toowoomba and SE Qld. Funded
by the Australia Council, Queensland Government and the Queensland ACTU.
71 performances over twelve weeks, including the 1997 Brisbane Writer's
- Invited guest, 1998 Somerset Literary
Festival, Gold Coast, Queensland.
- Invited guest, 1999 Melbourne Poetry
- Invited guest, 2000 Association for
the Study of New Literatures in English Conference, Aachen, Germany.
- Invited guest, 2001 Seventh Biennial
National Labour History Conference, ANU, Canberra .
- Launch by Magistrate David Gurry of
Poems for a Dead Father at the Adelaide Writer's
- Poems for a Dead Father
shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award.
tours of Tasmania throughout the year including a visit to King Island
with performances at the school, cheese factory, abattoirs, and community
clubs in Grassy and Currie.
in Focus: Geoff Goodfellow & Martin Flanagan in conversation at
the State Library of Victoria.
Madness and Poems for a Dead Father
set as recommended reading for a new SACE Unit, ‘Understanding
Mental Illness’, currently being trialled by SSABSA for Stage
from Love is Cruel set on course for a unit
of Love Poems in Tasmanian Secondary Schools for ‘English Studies
Senior Secondary 5C’
of South Eastern South Australia for National Literacy Week
launch of Punch On Punch Off by SA Solicitor-General,
Chris Kourakis QC.
launch of Punch On Punch Off by CFMEU Victorian
president, John Cummins.