Alan has been part of Australian Poetry since the late 1960s. His publications include two verse novels The Nightmarkets and The Lovemakers and a satirical novel on Melbourne and footy Kicking in Danger. His three most recent volumes are verse collections from Giramondo, The Australian Popular Songbook, Prepare The Cabin For Landing and These Things Are Real. The main concerns of his poetry are the lives and stories of urban Australia from the post-war era onward. In parallel he has been a writer of satiric verse. From 1998 to 2016 he taught at the University of Wollongong (with three Autumn semesters at Curtin University). In 2011 he founded Grand Parade poets, a successful small press which has published twelve volumes. Retired and back in Melbourne he works for a company called Narrative Verse in English, whose founder was a man called Geoff, Geoff Chaucer.