Adrian Caesar was born in Manchester and educated in England at state grammar schools and the University of Reading. He completed a PhD in 1981 when there were very few jobs in Higher Education due to Margaret Thatcher’s education cuts. As a result, he applied for jobs all over the world and was lucky enough to secure a Post-Doctoral fellowship in Humanities at the Flinders University of South Australia. During this two-year appointment, Adrian met Claire and they married in 1984.
Following a tutorship at the University of New England in Armidale, Adrian was appointed to a lectureship at the University of New South Wales @ADFA in Canberra where he worked for fifteen years and was promoted to Associate Professor. When the English Department was reduced by half following cuts to funding by the Department of Defence, Adrian took a voluntary redundancy in order to concentrate on his writing. At the same time, he was awarded a two-year senior writer’s grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council. Subsequently he taught creative writing part-time at the Australian National University. He now writes full-time and lives on the far south coast of New South Wales in Bateman’s Bay.
Adrian Caesar has published six books of poems, the latest of which is, This Cathedral Grief (Recent Work Press, 2020). He is also the author of several books of literary criticism and a non-fiction novel, The White, which won the Nettie Palmer Prize for non-fiction in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, 2000 and the ACT Book of the Year, 2000. His novel, The Blessing, (Arcadia, 2015) was long-listed for the Voss Award in 2016. His next book, A Winter Sowing, is due to be published by Arcadia in October 2021.