Patrick Alexander (poet)

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Patrick Macgillicuddy Alexander (20 March 1940-21 September 2005) was an Irish-born poet who settled in Australia. Born in Dublin, Dublin (County), Ireland he studied to be an actor in London and moved to Australia in 1960. He lived in Sydney and Melbourne and published four best-selling collections of poetry. His poems were also published in large magazines.

Alexander was renowned as a performance poet. He was from 1983 to 2004 the only artist to produce an event for every Melbourne Fringe Festival. In honour of his contribution, the Festival has named the spoken performance prize the Patrick Alexander Memorial Award.

He died in Fitzroy, Victoria. His papers are held by the State Library of Victoria, and include two travel diaries belonging to the writer Una Maud Lyle Smyth.

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