Caroline Caddy. Courtesy The Poetry Archive.

Caroline Mavis Caddy (born 20 January 1944) is an Australian poet .


Caddy was born Western Australia of an Australian mother and an American father, and spent part of her childhood in the United States of America and Japan.[1] She returned to Western Australia where she finished high school,[2]

She later worked as a dental nurse with the Road Dental Unit.


According to Queensland poet Jaya Savige "Caddy writes with equal verve about the rural southwest of WA and her time abroad, particularly in China (though also Canada and Antarctica). ...Her relaxed, often conversational tone belies her sharp eye for detail which, combined with a knack for simile and metaphor, has remained acute throughout her career."[3]

Of Burning Bright, her 2010 poetry collection, the Australian Book Review said Caddy’s ‘carefully crafted poems are refreshing journeys of discovery which open up unfamiliar places, bringing them potently alive.’ Quadrant praised her ‘stunningly original descriptions’ and the West Australian said Caddy ‘is to be hailed as a master poet with a style and panache all of her own.’[4]


  • 1990 - Western Australian Week Literary Award for poetry
  • 1991 - National Book Council Banjo Award for Poetry
  • 1992 - National Book Council Award for Poetry
  • 2008 - Wesley Michel Wright Prize [5]


  • Bushnights: Poems and photos. Beaumaris, Vic: Lichtbild, 1994.
  • Singing at Night. Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1980.
  • Letters From the North. Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1985.
  • Beach Plastic. Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1989.
  • Conquistadors. Ringwood, Vic, & New York: Penguin, 1991.
  • Antarctica. South Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1996.
  • Working Temple: Poems. South Fremantle, WA: Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 1997.
  • Editing the Moon. Fremantle: WA: Fremantle Press, 1999.
  • God's Fish, and other poems. Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, 2003.
  • Esperance: New and selected poems. Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2007.
  • Burning Bright. Fremantle: Fremantle Press, 2010.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. Caroline Caddy (1944- ), Australian Poetry Library, Web, Mar. 3, 2012.
  2. Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde, Oxford University Press, 1996
  3. Savige, Jaya (October 3), Poets on the brink of Asia,, retrieved October 5, 2009 
  4. "Burning Bright," Fremantle Press, Web, Mar. 3, 2012.
  5. "WA Poet Caroline Caddy wins prestigious University of Melbourne poetry prize". University of Melbourne. November 13, 2008. Retrieved October 5, 2009. 
  6. Search results = au:Caroline Caddy, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, May 19, 2014.

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