geoff goodfellow
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    The Luxury of Work
    The Violence of Work  
    Miles Away  
    Don't Call Me Lad  
    Turning in Circles  
Kleva Voomun
    Poems for a Dead Father
    Punch On Punch Off

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List of my Works

Age Literary Award

Poems 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.

Other 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 Cale.
  • Invited guest, 1991 Sydney Writer's Festival.
  • 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
    NWS 9.
  • Invited guest, 1996 'Casa de las Americas', Havana, Cuba.
  • 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 Festival.
  • Invited guest, 1998 Somerset Literary Festival, Gold Coast, Queensland.
  • Invited guest, 1999 Melbourne Poetry Festival.
  • 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 Week.
  • Poems for a Dead Father shortlisted for The Age Book of the Year Award.


  • Three 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.
  • Writers in Focus: Geoff Goodfellow & Martin Flanagan in conversation at the State Library of Victoria.
  • Semi 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 1 students.
  • ‘Reminders’ from Love is Cruel set on course for a unit of Love Poems in Tasmanian Secondary Schools for ‘English Studies Senior Secondary 5C’


  • Tour of South Eastern South Australia for National Literacy Week
  • Adelaide launch of Punch On Punch Off by SA Solicitor-General, Chris Kourakis QC.
  • Melbourne launch of Punch On Punch Off by CFMEU Victorian president, John Cummins.

Geoff Goodfellow wins ABC TV Poetry Competition. Read the full article.

Jane Sullivan's piece on me in the Age, Sat 30 October 2004

Mark Seymour Singing A Geoff Goodfellow song - Tobruk Pin

punch on punch off poster series

Check out Phil Doyle's discussion of my work in the September 2004 Workers Online

images from recent launches


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