Geoff Goodfellow, writer and performer, was born in Adelaide in 1949, in whose working-class suburb of Semaphore he still lives. He left school at fifteen and worked at various occupations including steel fixer, hotel bouncer, boxing promoter, carpenter and salesman, before a severe back injury forced him to retire from his job as self-employed builder in 1982. He has been writing poetry since 1983; since 1984 he has performed throughout Australia and abroad, conducting writing workshops, holding posts as writer-in-residence, and addressing audiences, at a diverse range of institutions: schools, universities, arts festivals, gaols, maximum-security prisons, trade unions, sporting clubs, youth and welfare groups, employer and management-training authorities, and industrial sites. Geoff Goodfellow has toured internationally on two occasions (Europe, China and the USA in 1988, Germany in 1992). His publications (all Wakefield Press) include: No Collars No Cuffs (1986, 1989); Bow Tie & Tails (1989); No Ticket No Start (1990); and Triggers: Turning Experiences into Poetry (1992).
Collier, Gordon and Davis, Geoffrey, Geoff Goodfellow Interviewed by Gordon Collier and Geoffrey Davis, Kunapipi, 14(2), 1992.