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Good as Goldsworthy
Title : Good as Goldsworthy Good as Goldsworthy
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Creator : Harrison, Sky
Source : The Adelaide magazine
Place Of Creation : Adelaide
Publisher : Advertiser Enterprises
Date of creation : March 2009
Additional Creator : Advertiser Enterprises
Format : Magazine
Contributor : State Library of South Australia
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Article on Peter Goldsworthy complete with colour photographs. Appears in the Adelaide magazine, March 2009, p30-34

Peter Goldsworthy, best known in his role as a contemporary Australian author, was born in Minlaton on the Yorke Peninsula in 1951. He grew up in various South Australian towns and in Darwin before graduating in medicine from the University of Adelaide in 1974.

Goldsworthy's writing career began early and in 1982 was recognised with the Commonwealth Poetry Prize for Readings from ecclesiastes a collection of poems.  In 1989 his first novel Maestro, recently adapted as a stage production, was published. Since then he has had five novels, six collections of short stories and three collections of poetry published. The novels include Honk if you are Jesus (1992), Wish (1995), Keep it simple, stupid (1996), Three dog night (2003), and Everything I knew (2008).

Goldworthy's work has been described as '...[it] often assess the triviality of contemporary life with acerbic wit and humour. His works frequently exhibit a compassion for the disadvantaged that is balanced by his critique of the apathy of those more fortunate.' (c.f The Austlit Gateway, accessed 3 March 2009). 

In addition to Goldworthy's role as an author, he is a practising GP in Adelaide, Chairman of the Libraries Board of South Australia and the Australia Council's Literature Board.

Related names :

Goldsworthy, Peter, 1951-

Coverage year : 2009
Period : 21st century
Place : Minlaton
Region : Yorke Peninsula
Further reading :

Brice, Chris. 'Novel lifestyle', The Advertiser, 20 September 2003, 'Weekend' insert, p. 15

England, Katharine. 'Good Medicine', The Advertiser, 4 October 2003, 'Weekend' insert, p. 11

Harrison, Sky. 'Good as Goldsworthy', The Adelaide magazine, 26 February 2009, p. 30

Pengelley, Jill. 'Poetic GP want young lives to be an open book', The Advertiser, 4 December 2002, p. 34

Internet links :

Austlit : the Australian literature resource

Literature Resource Centre - available to access on site or remotely

Peter Goldsworthy's website

Guide to the papers of Peter Goldsworthy held at the University of New South Wales, Australian Defence Force Academy



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