Australian poet and novelist, born in Brisbane of English and Lebanese parents, educated at the University of Queensland. Among his collections of poems are Bicycle and Other Poems (1970), Neighbours in a Thicket (1974), Wild Lemons (1980), First Things Last (1980), and Selected Poems 1959–1989 (1994). His semi‐autobiographical novel Johnno (1975) is set in wartime Brisbane, while An Imaginary Life (1978) is a lyrical prose meditation on the last years of Ovid and his obsession with a wolf‐child. Other novels include Harland's Half Acre (1984); The Great World (1990), about the experiences of two friends during the Second World War; and Remembering Babylon (1993), set in Queensland during the mid‐19th cent. He has also published novellas, including Child's Play with Eustace & The Prowler (1982) and Fly Away Peter (1982). Antipodes (1985) and Dream Stuff (2000) are collections of short stories. A selection of autobiographical essays was published as 12 Edmonstone Street (1985).