Craig Lanyon

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Craig Lanyon
BornCraig Michael Lanyon
26 May 1975
Sandringham, Victoria, Australia
🏳️ NationalityAustralian
💼 Occupation
Author, poet
Notable workThoughts from a Mountain

Craig Michael Lanyon (born 26 May 1975) is prominent Australian author and poet known for the book Thoughts from a Mountain.[1][2]

Early life and family[edit]

Lanyon's parents lived in Victoria till he was born and then moved to his mother's family land. After a couple of years Craig's father decided to start his own nusery as he wasn’t happy with the hard work on the farm which was a battle to get a good market price. Lanyon grew up on the farm helping his parents in the nursery from an early age.[3]


Lanyon was scribbling poetry since the age of 10. He attended the Mount Cotton State School and later went to Cleveland High School. However, he left in 10th grade to keep working the farm with his grand parents as well as the nursery with his parents. The nursery was a struggling business so he did various part time jobs to start his career.[3][2]

He started a road trip up the east coast of Queensland to Cairns and got a job at a bar there before returning to his farm which he found to be under drought. His grand parents gave him a ticket to London where he got a work visa. He started working at a pub near Gatwick Airport becoming assistant manager in a week.[3][2]

After he moved back from London, the farm and nursery eventually got the rain it badly needed and he started his career as an author by writing poetry at his farm eventually turning it into a book.[4][2][5]

Lanyon has been noted as a prominent poet and an author for his works.[6][7][8][9]


Lanyon played Australian rules football/AFL and the following year, at the age of 17, he suffered a broken leg. He played again the next year while working on his land. He shredded his spleen while playing football and lost 3 liters of blood on the operating table. After recovery, he continued to play AFL.[10][11]


  • Thoughts from a Mountain.[12]


  1. "Vanity Anthologies". SFWA. January 22, 2013. Retrieved August 25, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Lemley, Mark A.; Shapiro, Carl (2019). "Probabilistic works, poetry and economics". Journal of Economic Perspectives, Stanford Law and Economics Olin Working Paper No. 288. 19: 75. doi:10.2139/ssrn.567883.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Richard Flanagan (May 1, 2018). "Craig Lanyon". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  4. Louise Bogan, 'The Pleasures of Formal Poetry', in Reginald Gibbons (ed.), The Poet’s Work: 29 Poets On The Origins And Practice Of Their Art (Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 1979) ISBN 978-0-395-27616-7 Search this book on Logo.png.
  5. "Thoughts from a Mountain".
  6. "The Irish Times Poetry Now Award 2012 Shortlist". Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012.
  7. Heaney work a unanimous choice Irish Times, 31 March 2007.
  8. McMahan, Elizabeth; Day, Susan; Funk, Robert (December 2006). Literature and the Writing Process. Pearson/Prentice Hall. ISBN 9780132248020 Search this book on Logo.png..
  9. "Australian Poet Craig Lanyon's 'Thoughts from a Mountain' Reveals Life's Innermost Values and Hope for Future - Press Release - Digital Journal".
  10. "Sandringham AFL sink their teeth into Grill'd competition". Herald Sun. Retrieved 27 June 2018.
  11. Pearce, Joshua (2018). "AFL". Australian Sports Magazien.
  12. "Thoughts from a Mountain". BalboaPressAU.

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