Jordie Albiston lives in Melbourne, where she was born in 1961. She is a poet whose work frequently reflects historical research. Australian composer Andrée Greenwell has adapted two of her books (Botany Bay Document, 1996 – retitled Dreaming Transportation – and The Hanging of Jean Lee, 1998) for music-theatre: both enjoyed seasons at the Sydney Opera House. Nervous Arcs won the Mary Gilmore Award for a first book of Australian poetry in 1995, and was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Prize. Her fourth collection, The Fall, was shortlisted for Premier’s Prizes in Victoria, NSW and Queensland. Here fifth, Vertigo|a cantata| was published by John Leonard Press, in 2007. She holds a PhD in literature.