Guide to the Papers of Geoff Goodfellow


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Manuscript Name Papers of Geoff Goodfellow
Manuscript Number MSS 28
Last Updated March 2007
Extent 84 cm (6 boxes)
Location Academy Library, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Drafts of published and unpublished poems, correspondence, postcards and diaries. Includes typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986).

Collection Subject Type

Literary

Scope and Content

Drafts of published and unpublished poems, correspondence, postcards and diaries. Includes typescript of No collars no cuffs(1986).

Date Range of Content

1983-1987

Biographical Note

Geoffrey James Goodfellow ws born on the 21 September 1949 in Adelaide, South Australia, growing up in the inner-northern suburbs in a war-service group scheme house. He moved to the working class suburb of Semaphore with his first bride at the age of eighteen and the suburb and its people feature often in his poems. After leaving school at fifteen, he worked for twenty years as a labourer and builder until he suffered a severe back injury in 1982. Inspired by the poetry of A.B. Paterson, he began to write poetry in 1983, and has since built a significant reputation as a performance poet and teacher.

Goodfellow has won several grants and fellowships to write poetry and conduct workshops in various institutions such as prisons, schools, colleges and universities. In 1990 he was appointed poet-in-residence with the Construction, Mining and Energy Union of South Australia. He has published a number of volumes of poetry since No collars no cuffs (1986), and his poems appear regularly in periodicals such as Overland. Goodfellow's poetry explores the lives of the working-class and the disadvantaged in a straight-forward yet eloquent form.

Goodfellow's awards include:
Festival Awards for Literature (SA), Carclew Fellowship, 1988: winner Note: Inaugural recipient
The Age Book of the Year Award, 2002: shortlisted for Poems for a dead father.

References:
AustLit : The Resource for Australian Literature, November 2004.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Check with Curator

Copying: Check with Curator

Preferred Citation

Papers of Geoff Goodfellow, Academy Library, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, Box [Number], Folder [Number].

Provenance

The collection was acquired from Geoff Goodfellow in a one instalment in 1988.

Additional Information

Separated Material

This collection originally included one publication, listed below. This work has been catalogued separately, and added to the Library's main collection.

Residents of SAYTC & SAYRAC. Lifting the weight. [Adelaide?: S.A.Y.T.C.?, 198-].

 

Subject Keywords

 

Subjects

Australian poets, Australian poetry

Personal Names

Geoff Goodfellow 1949-

Corporate Names

 

Occupations

Poets

 

Container List

 

Box 1

Folder 1 
Handwritten notebook of early poetry, including first poem. Two copies of an early typewritten manuscript of poetry 'Just a moment'. Correspondence from Jeff Guess, c1983

Folder 2 
Correspondence, including rejection slips and acceptances for 1985 and listing of poems sent to various publishers and magazines

Folder 3 
Poem, 'The spirit of Anzac'. First poems used when Goodfellow started as a performing poet

Folder 4 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of poems for No collars no cuffs (1986), 'The apprenticeship', 'On meeting a radio announcer', 'Right on - right off', 'Escapism', 'A carton of beer', 'Drop-ins', 'Amnesia', 'Bitter this - bitter that'

Folder 5 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of poems for No collars no cuffs (1986), '(No) smoking in the Education Centre', 'Thunderstruck', 'Lost gold', 'What chance has a bloke got', 'Ghosts', 'Illegal entry', 'Caged', 'People in glass houses', 'Insulated', 'Full of pricks', 'The gift'

Folder 6 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 'Moved on' and annotated typescript draft of No collars no cuffs (1986)

Folder 7 
Correspondence, 1984-1987 including invitations to speak/perform. Miscellaneous workshop poems and references

Folder 8 
Typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986) which had been submitted to Friendly Street and an annotated typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986) with notations by Jeff Guess

 

Box 2

Folder 9 
Photocopies of cover mock up for No collars no cuffs (1986), photographs in Box 6, Folder 41 (AV) and an annotated typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986)

Folder 10 
Miscellaneous poems by Geoff Goodfellow and an annotated typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986)

Folder 11 
Annotated typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986) and a typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986)

Folder 12 
Correspondence with men, women and juveniles held in Australian institutions. Includes a prisoner's perspective on Yatala Labour Prison, SA, and poems sent by prisoners, 1986

Folder 13 
Correspondence with SA Dept of Corrective Services, 1984-1986. Poems used on Writers Radio 5UV. Invitation to speak at National Adult Literary Conference (on prisons). Transcript of comments on Phillip Satchell breakfast radio programme. Responses from politicians regarding unfair treatment of SA prisoners, including statements from prisoners and press clippings. Extract from Birth Certificate, Passport, Student Report Card, SACAE study results, Curriculum Vitae (2) (one current and one detailed with numerous speech engagements), letterhead of previous business enterprise (Adelaide Outdoor Constructions)

Folder 14 
Correspondence with teachers and students from schools where employed, 1985-1987

Folder 15 
Correspondence from a Year 9 class at Craigmore High School, Smithfield Plain, SA, 1987

Folder 16 
Typescript of Lifting the weight (198-), poems written by children held in detention in SA Youth Centres, 1985-1987, and manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of poems for Lifting the weight (198-)

 

Box 3

Folder 17 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of poems for Lifting the weight (198-), poems written by children held in detention in SA Youth Training Centres, 1985-1987. Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of rejected poems

Folder 18 
Manuscript drafts of poems by SAYRAC and SAYTC children, short listed for an anthology 'Free as a Bird'

Folder 19 
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of poems by SAYRAC and SAYTC children

Folder 20 
Manuscript drafts of poems from Resi-Care Poetry Workshop. Copy of 'The Jig', March 1985

Folder 21 
Manuscript drafts of poems from SAYRAC 1986 SA Dept Arts Grant weekly workshop. Copy of 'Inside Out'

Folder 22 
Correspondence relating to a residency and poetry reading in Tasmania 1987 and correspondence from family during residency, 1987

Folder 23 
Correspondence re Allan Eric Martin 1987, re National Book Council tours 1984-1986, re Artists in Schools and with the Australian Council 1985-1987 and re workshop for Disabled Persons' International 1985

Folder 24 
Correspondence with NSW Dept of Youth and Community Services, 1986-87. Poems written during workshops at Mount Penang, Geelong, Campbelltown and Minoa

 

Box 4

Folder 25 
Correspondence, 1985-1987

Folder 26 
Correspondence, 1987

Folder 27 
Financial papers, official report and flyers for The New Mobile Poetry Workshop

Folder 28 
Diaries showing engagements as a working poet, 1984 and 1985

Folder 29 
Diary showing engagements as a working poet, 1985

Folder 30 
Diary showing engagements as a working poet, 1986

Folder 31 
Diary showing engagements as a working poet, 1987

Folder 32 
Publicity material and newspaper clippings

Folder 33 
Typescript copy of thesis by Barbie Abrahams titled 'Poetry as an oral tradition'

 

Box 5

Folder 34 
Newspaper clippings re No collars no cuffs (1986)

Folder 35 
Typescript of No collars no cuffs (1986)

 

Box 6

Folder 36 
Audio cassette Adelaide Festival centre Gallery, 23 March 1985 (AV)

Folder 37 
Audio cassette People in Performance Radio Show, 3CR Melbourne, 6 December 1984 [Montsalvat '84] (AV)

Folder 38 
Audio cassette Northfield Womens Prison Poetry Show, 5UV Adelaide, October 1984 (AV)

Folder 39 
Audio cassette Mobile Poetry Workshop, 5DN, 16 September 1984 (AV)

Folder 40 
Photograph of man wearing singlet with No collars no cuffs printed on it - publicity for Yatala Poetry and Prose Writing Workshops

Folder 41 
Two photographs and small sketch of mock cover for Friendly Street for No collars no cuffs (1986)

Folder 42 
Six slides for the exhibition mounted by Belinda Mason in 1985