Gig Ryan

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Gig Elizabeth Ryan
Born (1956-11-05) 5 November 1956 (age 60)
Leicester, England

Gig Ryan, born Elizabeth Anne Martina Ryan, 5 November 1956,[citation needed] is an Australian poet, and daughter of notable Australian surgeon Peter John Ryan.

Ryan was born in Leicester, England and is poetry editor for The Age newspaper. She has also recorded her songs with the bands Disband and Driving Past. Her book Pure and Applied won the 1999 C. J. Dennis Prize for Poetry and Heroic Money was shortlisted for the 2002 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry. New and Selected Poems was shortlisted for the 2012 Prime Minister’s Award for Poetry and the 2012 ASAL award, and winner of the 2012 Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry, and the 2011 Grace Leven Prize for Poetry.


  • The Division of Anger Transit Press (1981)
  • Manners of an Astronaut Hale and Iremonger (1984)
  • The Last Interior Scripsi Magazine (1986)
  • Excavation PanPicador Australia (1990)
  • Pure and Applied Paper Bark Press / Craftsman House (1998)
  • "Research" Folio/Salt (1999)
  • Heroic Money Brandl & Schlesinger (2001)
  • New and Selected Poems Giramondo (2011)
  • Selected Poems Bloodaxe Books (UK) (2012)


  • "Six Goodbyes" Disband, Big Home Productions (1988)
  • "Church Fete" Driving Past, Chapter Music (1998)
  • "Real Estate" Driving Past, Chapter Music (1999)
  • "Travel" Driving Past, Jacana Records (2006)

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