Barry Hill has won Premier’s Awards for poetry, non-fiction and the essay. He is a former poetry editor for the Australian and a post-doctoral fellow from the University of Melbourne, but he has been writing full-time since 1975. His short fiction, and his poetry have been widely anthologised. He is possibly best known for his Broken Song; TGH Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (Knopf 2002), described by John Mulvaney as ‘one of the great Australian books.’ More recently he has produced Peacemongers (UQP 2014) a major study of Rabindranath Tagore, and the poetry collection Naked Clay: Drawing from Lucian Freud (2012, Shearsman) which was short-listed for the UK 2013 Forward Prize. ‘Dogs and Grog’ is from Reason and Lovelessness: Essays, Encounters and Reviews 1985—2017, which Monash University will release in March 2018.