Australian writer Luke Davies, recipient of the prestigious NSW Premier’s Literary Award for poetry, discusses the meditative abstract pastels and drawings of Anne Judell.

This Power Lecture took place on 30 October 2012, as part of the Sydney Ideas program at the University of Sydney.



Luke Davies is a novelist, screenwriter and essayist whose poetry has garnered popular and critical acclaim. Mystical, cosmic, lush and humorous, Davies’ poetry references contemporary culture and figures. Totem (2004), his book of love poetry, received numerous awards in Australia, winning both an Age Poetry Book of the Year award and overall Age Book of the Year award, as well as the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry, the South Australian Premier’s Literary Award for poetry, and the Philip Hodgins Memorial Medal—an unusual feat for a book of poetry.

Davies’ semi-autobiographical novel Candy (1997) was made into a movie in 2006. Davies co-wrote the screenplay with director Neil Armfield. The movie starred Heath Ledger, Abbie Cornish and Geoffrey Rush, and won awards from both the Australian Writers’ Guild and the Film Critics Circle of Australia.