Fred Van’t San – NT (Top End) National Finalist 2012
Born in Cooma, NSW, Fred has moved via teachers’ college in Goulburn and H.M. Customs in Sydney as North as possible without having to live in Queensland. He thinks of the Northern Territory as the home of the free and a place of limitless possibilities. His interest in poetry evolved from writing summaries of the evening news for his deaf father on a nightly basis. There is little chance of him writing anything longer than complaint letters to big business or politicians (though he is interested, given time). He won the Darwin Poetry Cup in 1990 and was a finalist in the Red Earth Poetry awards in 2008. He was heavily involved with Palm City Poetry in Darwin the 80’s and 90’s. He is interested in his family, comics, good food, vodka, honesty, chooks and eccentricity in no particular order. He dislikes willful ignorance with a passion and was called an obnoxious know-it-all by his brother, which is now a source of pride.