Dorothy Porter (26 March 1954 – 10 December 2008)

December 11, 2008 at 5:04 pm 1 comment

The Australian and LGBT literary community have lost a hero. Dorothy Porter, poet novelist extraordinaire, passed away yesterday from complications from breast cancer.

In addition to her poetry collections and other writings, Dorothy is renown for her brilliant verse novels, including the acclaimed The Monkey’s Mask and El Dorado. Gripping reads, if you ask me.

She is survived by her partner, the writer, Andrea Goldsmith.

Short bio about Dorothy Porter on Wikipedia

I regret missed opportunities to hear Dorothy speak at recent writers’ festivals.


On behalf of Andrea Goldsmith and the family and friends of Dorothy Porter, a memorial event is being organised next week.  Please forward this message to those who would be interested.

Richard Gill will be the MC and details of the program will be available next week.

Dorothy Porter 1954-2008

A celebration of the life and work of Dorothy Porter will be held at 6.00pm on Thursday, 18 December 2008 in the Northern Foyer of the Concert Hall, Sydney Opera House. All are welcome.

Thank you

Sarah Gardner
Executive Director
International Federation of Arts Councils
and Culture Agencies (IFACCA) <>
372 Elizabeth Street, Surry Hills Sydney NSW
PO Box 788, Strawberry Hills, NSW 2012, Australia
Tel: +61 2 9215 9016
Fax: +61 2 9215 9111 Mobile 0419 223 562


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1 Comment Add your own

  • 1. johnny  |  December 30, 2008 at 9:25 pm

    TXikPW Thanks for good post


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