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Luke Davies is an Australian writer of poetry, novels and screenplays. His best known works are Candy: A Novel of Love and Addiction (which was adapted for the screen in 2006) and the screenplay for the critically acclaimed film Lion.
He first read in public at Exiles Bookshop as a 19-year-old in 1981.
His first poetry collection Four Plots for Magnets was published in 1982 by S. K. Kelen at Glandular Press. Long out of print, it was republished (with additional poetry and prose) by Pitt Street Poetry in 2013.
He co-wrote the screenplay for the 2006 film Candy with director Neil Armfield, based on his 1997 novel Candy. The film stars Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish as struggling heroin addicts. Davies himself overcame heroin addiction in 1990.
His other works include the novels Isabelle the Navigator and God of Speed, and several volumes of poetry – Four Plots for Magnets, Absolute Event Horizon, Running With Light, Totem and Interferon Psalms – as well as the chatbooks The Entire History of Architecture ... and other love poems (Vagabond Press, 2001) and The Feral Aphorisms (Vagabond Press, 2011). And he has written the screenplays for Air (a 2009 short film which he also directed), Reclaim, Life, Lion, and the upcoming Felix Van Croeningen drama Beautiful Boy. His next project will be a Tom Hanks helmed adaptation of Paulette Jiles' News of the World.
Davies is also the film critic for The Monthly, and occasional book reviewer and essayist for other magazines and newspapers. His children’s book, Magpie, was published by ABC Books in 2010.