Caroline Caddy

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Caroline Mavis Caddy (born 20 January 1944) is an Australian poet.


Born in Western Australia to an Australian mother and an American father, Caroline Mavis Caddy spent part of her childhood in the United States and Japan. She returned to Western Australia where she finished high school,[1] and later worked as a dental nurse with the Road Dental Unit. According to Queensland poet Jaya Savige "Caddy writes with equal verve about the rural southwest of WA and her time abroad, particularly in China (though also Canada and Antarctica). ...Her relaxed, often conversational tone belies her sharp eye for detail which, combined with a knack for simile and metaphor, has remained acute throughout her career."[2]


  • 1990 - Western Australian Week Literary Award for poetry
  • 1991 - National Book Council Banjo Award for Poetry
  • 1992 - National Book Council Award for Poetry
  • 2008 - Wesley Michel Wright Prize[3]


  • Singing at Night (1980)
  • Letters From the North (1985)
  • Beach Plastic (1989)
  • Conquistadors (1991)
  • Antarctica (1996)
  • Working Temple (1996)
  • Editing the Moon (1999)
  • Esperance: New and Selected Poems (2007)


  1. ^ Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde, Oxford University Press, 1996
  2. ^ Savige, Jaya (3 October 2007), "Poets on the brink of Asia", The Australian, retrieved 5 October 2009
  3. ^ "WA Poet Caroline Caddy wins prestigious University of Melbourne poetry prize". University of Melbourne. 13 November 2008. Archived from the original on 5 October 2009. Retrieved 5 October 2009.

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