Timoshenko Aslanides

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Timoshenko Aslanides (24 December 1943 – 6 January 2020) [1] [2] was an Australian poet. [3]



Timoshenko Aslanides was born on Christmas Eve, 1943, in the Crown Street Women's Hospital, in Sydney, to John Paul Aslanides (1901–1962), a 1925 immigrant to Australia from the Pontic Greek community in Kerasus (on the Black Sea coast) and Olive Emma Browne (1910–1993), daughter of a pastoralist family from Lockhart, New South Wales. Aslanides graduated BA (Music) from the University of Sydney in 1967 and B.Ec from the Australian National University in 1976. [1]

He began writing poetry after he moved to Canberra in 1972, where he joined the Australian Public Service. His first book of poems, The Greek Connection, won him the British Commonwealth Poetry Prize for 1978 for the best first book of poetry in English published the previous year in the British Commonwealth excluding England; he was the first Australian to win this prize. [4]

He produced 16 books of poetry. His fourth book of poetry, Australian Things, was awarded joint second prize in the 1988 bicentennial poetry awards for book-length collections. This book was inspired by a remark, in a conversation with his mentor, by Judith Wright, who had written to him in November 1979, inviting him to lunch at her bush-cottage retreat near Braidwood, in southern New South Wales. Aslanides regarded the subsequent and enduring friendship with Judith Wright as both an apprenticeship as well as a rewarding artistic relationship for both poets.

Because he was Australian-born and Australian-focussed and, since July 1985, a full-time professional Australian poet, he did not identify as an "ethnic" poet; nor did he write "multicultural" poetry. [5] Though he felt that most, if not all of his poetry has its origin in love, the context of this affection is the celebration of the natural and built environments of Australia, and the history and imaginative genius of the people.

Timoshenko Aslanides worked as a full-time, professional poet from July 1985, when he resigned from the Public Service.



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  1. 1 2 "Timoshenko Aslanides". AustLit: Discover Australian Stories. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  2. "The Canberra Times - Death Notices (Timoshenko Aslanides)".
  3. Pierce, Peter (2009). The Cambridge House of Australian Literature. Cambridge University Press. ISBN   9780521881654 . Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Briefly - News Snippet". 31 August 1978. Retrieved 10 February 2015.
  5. Timoshenko Aslanides, "On My Australian Poetry", Quadrant , May 2018, pp. 103–8.