Jennifer Compton

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Jennifer Compton
Born1949 Edit this on Wikidata
Wellington Edit this on Wikidata
OccupationPlaywright, poet, short story writer edit this on wikidata

Jennifer Compton was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1949. In the early '70s she emigrated to Sydney, Australia with her husband Matthew O'Sullivan. They now live in Carrum in Melbourne, Australia.

After attending the NIDA Playwrights Studio, her play No Man's Land (later Crossfire) jointly won the Newcastle Playwriting Competition (with John Romeril's A Floating World) in 1974. It was premiered at the Nimrod Theatre in Sydney in 1975 and published by Currency Press in 1976. Her stage play The Big Picture was premiered at the Griffin Theatre in Sydney in 1997 and was published by Currency Press in 1999. In recent years she has mostly written short fiction and poetry. A book of poems, Parker & Quink, was published by Ginninderra Press in 2004, and another, Barefoot, was published by Picaro Press in 2010. Barefoot was short listed for the John Bray Poetry Award at the Adelaide Festival in 2012.

This City was published by Otago University Press in July 2011 and won the Kathleen Grattan Award in New Zealand.



  • Morris, Meaghan, ed. (1976). Jennifer Compton's play Crossfire (No man's land) : the role of women in Australian society, with historical comment on women's suffrage, status and the politics of motherhood. Sydney: Currency Press.



  • Compton, Jennifer (1993). From the other woman. Wollongong, NSW: Five Islands Press and SCARP Productions.

List of poems[edit]

Title Year First published Reprinted/collected
Dead playwrights 1995 Compton, Jennifer (October 1995). "Dead playwrights". Quadrant. 39 (10): 31.
Old friends 1995 Compton, Jennifer (October 1995). "Old friends". Quadrant. 39 (10): 32.

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