Subseries Subseries 8 - Correspondence between Judith Rodriguez and Thomas Shapcott, 1982 to 2003

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UQFL75-Series F-Subseries 8


Correspondence between Judith Rodriguez and Thomas Shapcott, 1982 to 2003


  • 1982-2003 (Creation)

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Thomas William Shapcott was born in Ipswich, Queensland, on 21 March 1935. He attended the Ipswich Grammar School with his twin brother. Shapcott left school at 15 to work in his father's accountancy business. In 1954 Shapcott began to write poetry seriously for the first time. His first published poem appeared in the Sydney Bulletin in 1956. His first collection of poems, Time on Fire won the Grace Leven Poetry Prize for 1961. That year he completed an accountancy degree. In 1967 Shapcott graduated Bachelor of Arts from the University of Queensland. He established an accountancy firm in 1972. In 1971 Shapcott was awarded a Churchill Fellowship to visit America, a trip which led to the autobiographical poems in Shabbytown Calendar (1975). In 1973 he was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council and served as its Director from 1983 to 1990. He served as the Executive Director of the National Book Council from 1991 to 1997, when he became the inaugural Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Adelaide, retiring from the position in 2005. As well as his many volumes of poetry, Shapcott has written many novels, short stories, libretti, plays and reviews. He has received numerous awards for his contribution to Australian literature, including the Canada-Australia Literary Award in 1978, the Yugoslavia Struga International Poetry Festival Golden Wreath Award, 1989, the FAW Christopher Brennan Award, 1995, the New South Wales Premier’s Special Literary Award in 1996 and the Patrick White Award in 2000. In 1989 he was made an Officer of the Order of Australia. He has received honorary Doctorates from Macquarie University and the University of Queensland.

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Judith Catherine Green born on 13 February 1936 in Perth, Western Australia. She attended the Ascot State School, Brisbane Girls' Grammar School, gained an Open Scholarship to the University of Queensland where she obtained first class honours in English, received her Master of Arts from Cambridge University. She met her first husband, Fabio Rodriguez while tutoring at Kingston University, Jamaica. They married in 1964 and divorced in 1981. In 1982 she married Thomas Shapcott. She has published numerous volumes of poetry, some illustrated by her own woodcuts. From 1979 to 1982 she was poetry editor for Meanjin and from 1988 to 1997 poetry editor with Penguin Australia. Judith Rodriguez has also co-written the play Poor Johanna with Robyn Archer and her libretto for the opera Lindy was performed at the Sydney Opera House in 2002. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Christopher Brennan Award and in 1994 received the Order of Australia for services to literature. Rodriguez died on 22 November 2018.

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Correspondence between Judith Rodriguez and Thomas Shapcott, 1982 to 2003. Included in this subseries is correspondece to Judith Rodriguez and Thomas Shapcott and to Judith from various people.

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  1. Letters to Judith Rodriguez from Thomas Shapcott, Oct 1982-Apr 1986. [Box 14 Folder 4].
  2. Letters to Judith Rodriguez from Thomas Shapcott, May 1986-Sep 1989. [Box 14 Folder 5].
  3. Letters to Judith Rodriguez from Thomas Shapcott, Oct 1989-May 2002. [Box 14 Folder 6].
  4. Letters to Thomas Shapcott from Judith Rodriguez, Apr 1984 to Nov 1991. [Box 15 Folder 2].
  5. Correspondence to Judith Rodriguez and Thomas Shapcott, to Judith Rodriguez from various people, 1982 to 1995, undated. [Box 15 Folder 4].
  6. Letters, newspaper cuttings (some on thermal paper), journal articles related to writing, Shapcott and Rodriguez, 1984 to 1998. [Box 15 Folder 5].
  7. Emails between Thomas Shapcott and Judith Rodriguez, 1997-2000. [Box 15 Folder 6].
  8. Emails between Thomas Shapcott and Judith Rodriguez, 2001-2003. [Box 15 Folder 7].

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  • English

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Box 14 Folders 4-6, Box 15 Folder 2, 4-7.


Previously housed as Box 8 as Folders 1-3, 5-10.

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Created, Linda Justo, 12-Apr-2022.




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  • Box: UQFL75 Box 14
  • Box: UQFL75 Box 15