Anne Fairbairn

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Anne Fairbairn, (B'ody, née Reid, born 1928) Member of the Order of Australia[1] is a widely published Australian poet,[2] journalist[3] and expert in Arab culture.[4] She is the only granddaughter of Australia's fourth Prime Minister, George Reid.[5]

In 1965, she married Geoffrey Forrester Fairbairn,[6] a Professor in the Department of History at the Australian National University.[2] Geoffrey died in London of lung cancer on 11 September 1980.[7] Fairbairn has been known for her work in bringing together Australian and Arab cultures for over 30 years through poetry.[8]

In 1995, she was awarded the Banjo Paterson Writing Award for Open Poetry.[1] This was followed by the Order of Australia in 1998 for services to literature and international relations between Australia and the Middle East.[1]


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  2. ^ a b "Australian poet and bridge-builder: glimpses behind the anger". Manning Clark House. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  3. ^ "Poetry by Anne Fairbairn". Arab World Books. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  4. ^ John Huxley (22 August 2009). "George Houston Reid". Brisbane Times. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  5. ^ "Scammers defraud Aussies". SMH. 20 August 2008. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  6. ^ "Biographical cuttings on Anne Fairbairn". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  7. ^ "Papers of Geoffrey Fairbairn (1924–1980)". National Library of Australia. Retrieved 16 October 2012.
  8. ^ "AustLit Agent: Fairbairn, Anne". Austlit. 3 September 2007. Retrieved 16 October 2012.