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Brian Purcell


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BRIAN PURCELL has been active in the literary community for nearly 30 years. As Secretary, President and first Public Officer of the Poets Union, he helped to establish it as a truly national body. He followed this with five-year stints at the Australian Society of Authors and producing audio books at the Royal Blind Society. During this time he was the singer/lyricist with Sydney cult band Distant Locust. In 1991 while touring in Europe they signed with Italian label Contempo International and released the critically acclaimed CD Chemical Wedding Feast and in 1995 Fearful Pleasure. In 2002, Brian graduated with a Master of Writing at Sydney’s UTS, concentrating on the novel.
Brian then worked for the Australia Council for the Arts, initially for the Music Board and later as Program Officer for the Literature Board. Since 2003, he has worked on manuscript assessments, and in early 2008 established Renaissance Manuscript Service in Bellingen on NSW’s mid-north coast.
In 2009, he began the process to establish the Bellingen Readers & Writers Festival, now in its sixth year. For five years, he was a panellist on the Regional Arts Fund, specialising in literature.
More than fifty of his poems have been published – most recently in Meanjin – and overseas. He has edited anthologies such as Poets on Wheels, and is the author of the ASA’s paper Writing for the Poetry Market and a book of poems/lyrics, Lovely Infestation.

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