|Birthname||Thomas William Shapcott|
|born on||21 March 1935 at 00:45 (= 12:45 AM )|
|Place||Ipswich, Australia, 27s36, 152e46|
|Timezone||AEST h10e (is standard time)|
|Astrology data||29°04' 03°21 Asc. 21°31'|
Australian writer and a fraternal twin, author of "Twins in the Family" (2001). He was born about thirty minutes after his older twin Jack, giving the men different birth dates (Jack was born on March 20 at 11:45 PM according to Tom).
Tom worked as an accountant until the literary world took hold of him. He went back to school to earn an arts degree. In 1972 he was awarded a Churchill Fellowship. As poetry editor for the University of Queensland Press he wielded influence on aspiring poets. From 1983-1990 he was director of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and held subsequent positions in the literary world including Executive Director of the National Book Council from 1991-1997. He has been critic, editor and anthologist in between writing his own work, including novels, poetry and short stories. Among his awards is the Order of Australia, received in 1989.
- Work : Prize 1989 (Received the Order of Australia)
- Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 2001 ("Twins in the Family")
Sy Scholfield quotes a news report in which Shapcott gives his birth time: The Age [Melbourne, Vic.], 21 January 2002, p. 3.
- Personal : Birth : Twin, triplet, etc. (fraternal)
- Vocation : Entertain/Music : Song writer (Librettist)
- Vocation : Writers : Fiction (Novelist)
- Vocation : Writers : Playwright/ script
- Vocation : Writers : Poet
- Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor
- Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
- Notable : Awards : Other Awards (Order of Australia, fellowships and others)