Timoshenko Aslanides

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Timoshenko Aslanides (born 24 December 1943) is an Australian poet.


Born in Sydney to John Paul Aslanides and Olive Emma Browne, Timoshenko Aslanides studied music at the University of Sydney and economics at The Australian National University.[1] He began writing poetry after he moved to Canberra in 1972. His first book of poems, The Greek Connection, was awarded the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1978 for the best first book of poetry in English published the previous year in all the countries of the British Commonwealth, excluding England; he was the first Australian to win this prize.

Timoshenko Aslanides has worked as a full-time, professional poet since July 1985, when he resigned from the Australian Public Service.


  • British Commonwealth Poetry Prize, 1978.
  • Australian Bicentennial Literary Awards, (joint second prize), 1988
  • The Canberra Times Artist of the Year, 2002.


  • The Greek Connection, The author, Canberra 1977. 52pp.
  • Passacaglia and Fugue, The author, Canberra 1979 and 1980 (two editions). 50pp
  • Goulburn and Environs: A comprehensive guide with Jenny Stewart, Canberra, Olive Press, 1983. 152pp.
  • One Hundred Riddles, Angus and Robertson, 1984. 72pp.
  • Canberra and the Australian Capital Territory, with Jenny Stewart, Kenthurst, N.S.W., Kangaroo Press, 1988
  • Australian Things, Ringwood, Victoria, Penguin, 1990. 72pp.
  • Australian Alphabet, Springwood, N.S.W.: Butterfly Books, 1992. 78pp.
  • AnniVersaries: 366 Linked Poems, one for every day of the Australian year, Rose Bay, N.S.W., Brandl & Schlesinger, 1998. 454pp.
  • A Calendar of Flowers: Selected Poems 1975-2000, Wollongong, N.S.W.: Five Islands Press, 2001. 114pp.
  • Occasions for words: poems for birth, marriage, death and much between, Adelaide, SA: Wakefield Press 2006. 196pp.
  • Ruminations: Two Books of Lyric Mysticism, Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: Ginninderra Press, 2008. 72pp.
  • Collected Sonnets, 1974-2004, Port Adelaide, S. Aust.: Ginninderra Press, 2010. 86pp.
  • Stop Words, Ormond, Vic.: Hybrid Publishers, 2011. 87pp.
  • Versatility or, a justification for poetry, Ormond, Vic.: Hybrid Publishers, 2013. 30pp. Includes CD of first performance.


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