Peter Coleman

They were all there—poets and professors and one or two who were both or more, such as Robert Adamson, former outcast bohemian, thief and pastry cook, now Professor Adamson in the Chair of Poetry at the University of Technology Sydney. (“I only wish my mother had lived to see it.”) The occasion was the launching of Geoffrey Lehmann’s Poems 1957–2013 in the grounds of his home in Lindfield. It was an overcast, late winter afternoon but that couldn’t dampen the enthusiasm of the crowd of some 120. The launcher was Dr John Edwards (Adjunct Professor Curtin University; Board of Reserve…

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