Alan Gould was born in London in 1949 of English-Icelandic parents, and lived on armed forces camps in England, Northern Ireland, Germany and Singapore before corning to Australia in 1966. He has an arts degree from The Australian National University, a Diploma Of Education From The Canberra College Of Advanced Education, (now CU ) and has held various short-term employments, including nuclear physics technician, builder's and agricultural labouring.
Since 1973 he has written poetry and fiction as full-time as resources have allowed, augmenting his income with literary journalism and relief teaching. He has held several fellowships from The Australia Council, and has been a writer in residence at The Australian National University (1978), The Geelong College (1978,1980,1982, 1985), Australian Defence Forces Academy (1986), Lincoln And Humberside Bicentenary Fellow (1988) Brisbane Church Of England Grammar School (1993), and The Brisbane Grammar School (1999).
In 1986 he was the Australian Representative at the International Poetry Festival in Manila, and in 1988 he fulfilled the same role at the International Poetry Festival at Struga, Macedonia.
Alan Gould has published 20 books, seven fiction titles, twelve poetry titles, and one collection of essays. Between 2002-6 he served as a member of The Literature Board of The Australia Council.
Alan Gould’s literary awards include NSW Premier’s Prize for Poetry 1981 (for Astral Sea), Angus And Robertson Fellowship 1983 and Foundation For Australian Literary Studies Best Book Of The Year, 1985 (for The Man Who Stayed Below), National Book Council Banjo Award for Fiction 1992 (for To The Burning City), TDK Audio Book Of The Year 1998 (for The Tazyrik Year), The Philip Hodgins Memorial Award 1999, Co-winner Courier Mail Book Of The Year 2000, and co-winner ACT Book Of The Year 2000 (for The Schoonermaster’s Dance), The Grace Leven Award 2006 (for The Past Completes Me – Selected Poems 1973-2003), shortlisting for The Prime Minister’s Fiction Award 2010 (for The Lakewoman).
He is married to Anne Langridge, a New Zealander, and they have two sons.