John Clare was born at Maroubra Bay in 1940.
He has written on diverse topics for most major Australian publications, including The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age, The Australian, The National Times and Nation Review, as well as Town and Queen magazines in England. His poetry has appeared in Poetry Australia and New Poetry and has been read on the ABC’s old Quality Street programme. He has published four books: Bodgie Dada: Australian Jazz Since 1945 (UNSW Press), Low Rent (Text) Why Wangaratta?: Ten Years Of The Wangaratta Festival of Jazz (Victorian Tourist Bureau) and Take Me Higher (extempore). John currently reviews books for The Sun-Herald and writes essays and reviews for SIMA.org.au
John Clare photo © Kevin Kearney