Luke Davies

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Luke Davies
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Born 1962
Nationality Australian
Alma mater University of Sydney (BA)

Luke Davies is an Australian writer of poetry, novels and screenplays. His best known works are Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction (which was adapted for the screen in 2006) and the screenplay for the film Lion.

Life and career[edit]

Davies studied Arts at the University of Sydney.[1]

He first read in public at Exiles Bookshop as a 19-year-old in 1981.

His first poetry collection Four Plots for Magnets was published in 1982 by S. K. Kelen at Glandular Press. Long out of print, it was republished (with additional poetry and prose) by Pitt Street Poetry in 2013.[2]

He co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Candy with director Neil Armfield, based on his 1997 novel Candy. The film stars Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish as struggling heroin addicts.[3] Davies himself overcame heroin addiction in 1990.[1]

His other works include the novels Isabelle the Navigator and God of Speed, and several volumes of poetry – Four Plots for Magnets, Absolute Event Horizon, Running With Light, Totem and Interferon Psalms – as well as the chatbooks The Entire History of Architecture ... and other love poems (Vagabond Press, 2001)[4] and The Feral Aphorisms (Vagabond Press, 2011).[5] Davies wrote the screenplays for Air (a 2009 short film which he also directed),[6] Life,[7] Lion,[8] and the upcoming Felix van Groeningen drama Beautiful Boy.[9] He is attached to write the Tom Hanks helmed adaptation of Paulette Jiles' News of the World.[10]

Davies is also a film critic for The Monthly, and occasional book reviewer and essayist for other magazines and newspapers. In 2010 Davies won the John Curtin Prize for Journalism, at the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards,[11] for his essay The Penalty Is Death,[12] about the lives inside prison of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, two drug runners on Bali’s death row. (They would be executed by firing squad, to great public controversy, in 2015.)[13]

His children’s book, Magpie, was published by ABC Books in 2010.

In May 2017 the ABC program Australian Story profiled Davies' life in a two-part episode.[14][15]

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  1. ^ a b Jason Steger, "Love in the time of poetry", The Age, 21 August 2004, Review, p. 3
  2. ^ "Luke Davies: Four Plots For Magnets". Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  3. ^ Bodey, Michael (12 September 2015). "James Dean film a lifeline for Aussie screenwriter Luke Davies". The Australian. News Corp Australia. 
  4. ^ "Vagabond Press: Luke Davies, The Entire History of Architecture and other love poems". Vagabond Press. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
  5. ^ "Vagabond Press: Luke Davies, The Feral Aphorisms". Vagabond Press. Retrieved 27 September 2016. 
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External links[edit]

  • [1] Profile on Davies in The Australian Weekend Magazine, March 2008