27 Biographical and Bibliographical Details

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ROBERT ADAMSON (b. 1943, Sydney, NSW) left school at the age of thirteen and spent several years in and out of various prisons. He began writing poetry in 1966. He became co-editor of Poetry Magazine (now New Poetry) in 1970, and established and edited (with Ken Quinnell) the Prism Poets series. A one-year Fellowship (1975) and a three-year Senior Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council enabled him to continue working as a full-time writer. He is married and lives in Sydney. He has published the following books:

Canticles on the Skin. Sydney: Illumination Press, 1969.

The Rumour (Prism Poets 3). Sydney: New Poetry, for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1971.

Swamp Riddles. Sydney: Island Press, 1974.

Zimmer’s Essay (prose) (with Bruce Hanford). Sydney: Wild & Woolley, 1974.

Cross the Border. Sydney: New Poetry, for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1977.

Selected Poems. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1977.
Where I Come From. Sydney: Big-Smoke Books, 1979.

 


BRUCE BEAVER (b. 1928, Manly, NSW) has worked on farms, on a railway survey, and as a proof-reader and a freelance journalist. He spent the years 1958-62 in New

 


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Zealand and on Norfolk Island. He is married, and has published the following books:

Under the Bridge. Sydney: Beaujon Press, 1961.

Seawall and Shoreline. Sydney: South Head Press, 1964.

You Can’t Come Back (novel). Adelaide: Rigby, 1966.

Open at Random. Sydney: South Head Press, 1967.

Letters to Live Poets. Sydney: South Head Press, 1969.

Lauds and Plaints. Sydney: South Head Press, 1974.

Odes and Days. Sydney: South Head Press, 1975.

Death’s Directives. Sydney: New Poetry, 1978.

As It Was. Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1979.

Selected Poems. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1979.

 

WALTER BILLETER (b. 1943, Sierre, Switzerland)
emigrated to Australia in 1966. In 1974 he co-founded with John Jenkins the now defunct magazine etymspheres. He co-edited, with Kris Hemensley and Robert Kenny, the anthology 3 Blind Mice (Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1977) and publishes the Paper Castle Mimeographs series. His publications consist of five books of translations of contemporary German authors, and the following collections of his own work:

Sediments of Seclusion. Melbourne: Contempa, 1973.

Australian Novemberies (prose). Melbourne: The Paper Castle, 1978.

Radiotalk. 10 pieces for magnetic tape. Melbourne: The Paper Castle, 1979.

 

CHARLES BUCKMASTER (b. 1951, Lilydale, Victoria) spent his youth on an orchard in the Gruyere district of Victoria. He
was actively involved in the La Mama readings in the late 1960s in Melbourne. He died in 1972. His published books of poetry consist of:

Deep Blue and Green. Melbourne: Crosscurrents Publications, 1969.

The Lost Forest (Prism Poets 4). Sydney: New Poetry, for The Poetry Society of Australia, 1971.

 


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MICHAEL DRANSFIELD (b. 1948, Sydney, NSW) attended Sydney Grammar School and later worked as a clerk with the Taxation Department. He travelled extensively on the east coast of Australia, and maintained strong connections with some older writers as well as with many of the Sydney poets in this collection. He died in 1973. His published collections of poetry consist of:

Streets of the Long Voyage (Paperback Poets 2). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1970.

The Inspector of Tides (Paperback Poets 8). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1972.

Drug Poems. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1972.

Memoirs of a Velvet Urinal. Adelaide: Maximus Books, 1975. 1978.

 

LAURIE (LAWRENCE) DUGGAN (b. 1949, South Melbourne, Victoria) organised readings for the Monash Literature Club in 1969, won the Poetry Society of Australia Award in 1971 with the poem ‘East’, and co-edited the first issue of Surfers Paradise with John Forbes in 1974. In 1978 his book East won the Anne Elder Award. He has frequently been unemployed, though he has worked as a librarian, a lecturer in Media Studies, and a film scriptwriter. He has lived mainly in Sydney since 1972, and has published the following books:

East, poems 1970-74 (Rigmarole of the Hours 8). Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1976.

Under the Weather. Sydney: Wild & Woolley, 1978.

 

CLIVE FAUST (b. 1932, Melbourne, Victoria) lived in Kyoto, Japan, for some years, and is now lecturer at the Bendigo College of Advanced Education. Forty-eight pages of his poetry were published in the USA as:

Faust, Clive (featured poet). Origin magazine. Edited by Cid Corman. Fourth Series, number four, July 1978.

 


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JOHN FORBES (b. 1950, Melbourne, Victoria) spent his youth in New Guinea, Malaya and Sydney. He won the Poetry Society of Australia Award in 1972, the Arthur Macquarie Travelling Fellowship in the art and practice of poetry in 1975, and the Southerly Young Writers Award in 1976. He co-edited Leatherjacket (Sydney: 1973) and edited Surfers Paradise magazine (Sydney: 1974 and 1979), and has written a thesis on the American poet Frank O’Hara. At present he lives in Sydney, and is preparing a collection of poems for publication in 1979. He has published the following books of poetry:

Tropical Skiing (Poets of the Month, Series 1). Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1976.

On The Beach. Sydney: Sea Cruise, 1977.

 

PHILIP R. HAMMIAL (b. 1937 , Detroit, Michigan, USA) travelled for ten years in Asia, Africa and Europe before emigrating to Australia in 1972. In addition to publishing the books of poetry listed below, he has had three sculpture shows in Sydney, where he lives.

Foot Falls & Notes. Sydney: The Saturday Centre, 1976.

Chemical Cart. Sydney: Island Press, 1977.

Mastication Poems. Sydney: The Saturday Centre,
1977.

Hear Me Eating (Gargoyle Poets 25). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1977.

More Bath, Less Water. Sydney: Red Press, 1978.

 

KRIS HEMENSLEY (b. 1946, Ryde, Hampshire, UK) first came to Melbourne in 1966, and lives there at present. He has been an advisory editor of New Poetry, and poetry editor for Meanjin from 1976 to 1978, as well as the publisher / editor of three series of the little magazine Earth Ship, currently titled The Merri Creek, or Nero. He has published the following books:

Two Poets (with Ken Taylor). Privately printed, 1968.

The Going. Melbourne: Crosscurrents, 1969.

Dreams. London: Edible Magazine, 1971.

 


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No Word — No Worry. Pesnett, Staffordshire: Grosseteste Press, 1971.

The Soft Poems. London: Prison Clothes/Joe Di Maggio Press, 1971.

Mimi. Devon: Sweet Dawn Publishing Company, 1973.

Rocky Mountains & Tired Indians. London: Joe Di Maggio Press, 1973.

Domestications. Melbourne: Sun Books, 1974.

Love’s Voyages (Gargoyle Poets 7). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1974.

Here We Are. Sydney: Wild & Woolley, 1975.

The Rooms. Melbourne: Outback Press, 1975.

The Poem of the Clear Eye. Melbourne: The Paper Castle, 1975.

Sulking in the Seventies (Rigmarole of the Hours 4). Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1975.

The Moths (Paper Castle Mimeographs 4). Melbourne: The Paper Castle, 1978.

Beginning Again. Sydney: Sea Cruise, 1978.
Down Under (Rigmarole of the Hours 10) (prose). Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1978.

Montale’s Typos (Stingy Artist 1) (prose). Alverstoke, Hampshire: Stingy Artist, 1978.

Games (Rigmarole of the Hours 12). Melbourne:

Rigmarole of the Hours, 1978.

The Miro Poems. Alverstoke, Hampshire: Stingy Artist, 1979.

A Mile From Poetry. Sydney: Island Press, 1979.

 

GARRIE HUTCHINSON (b. 1949, Melbourne, Victoria) has lived in Melbourne apart from a total of seventeen months overseas. He was originally involved with the La Mama writers’ workshop and has worked on numerous newspapers and magazines. He is married, with one child, and supports himself by writing advertising. He has published the following books:

d’art Objets: Poured Concrete. Melbourne: Synergetic Press, 1971.

Terror Australis. Melbourne: Outback Press, 1975.

 


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JOHN JENKINS (b. 1949, Melbourne, Victoria) began writing in 1967 and has worked on a number of magazines including etymspheres and Aspect, and co-edited The Outback Reader (Melbourne: Outback Press, 1975). He has published the following books:

Zone of the White Wolf (prose). Melbourne: Contempa Publications, 1975.

Blindspot (Gargoyle Poets 23). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1977.

 

RAE DESMOND JONES (b. 1941, Broken Hill, NSW) has worked in a variety of manual jobs, but is now employed in the Commonwealth Employment Service. He has edited the magazine Your Friendly Fascist since 1970, and is divorced, with one child. He has published the following books:

Orpheus With a Tuba (Gargoyle Poets 6). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1973.

The Mad Vibe (The Saturday Centre Poets Series 9). Sydney: The Saturday Centre Poets’ Series, 1975.

Shakti. Brisbane: Makar Press, 1977./p>

 

MARTIN JOHNSTON (b. 1947, Sydney, NSW) was brought up in Greece, and his adult life has been divided between Greece, Australia and the United Kingdom. He has worked mainly as a critic and book reviewer, and his main interest apart from poetry is chess. At present he lives in Sydney, and is working on a new collection of poetry (‘The Typewriter Considered as a Bee-Trap’), a long poem sequence (‘To the Innate Island’), a collection of translations of Greek folk songs, and a biography of Charmian Clift and George Johnston. Ithaka (Sydney: Island Press, 1973) is a collection of his translations of modern Greek poets. He has published the following books of poetry:

Shadowmass. Sydney: Arts Society Publications (University of Sydney), 1971.

The Sea-Cucumber (Paperback Poets, Second Series 15). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1978.

 


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ROBERT KENNY (b. 1950, Melbourne, Victoria) has worked as a clerk, chainman, builder’s labourer, domestic and industrial cleaner, designer, lithographic camera operator, and editor; and is now on the production side of a Melbourne newspaper. From 1972 to 1974 he was co-editor of Contempa magazine and publications. In 1974 he founded the small press Rigmarole of the Hours, and co-edited the anthology of new Australian poetry Applestealers (Melbourne: Outback Press, 1974). He is single and without children. He has published the following books:

Dead Oceans Poems. Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1975.

Poem’ (Poem in inverted commas) (Rigmarole of the Hours 5). Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1975.

A Book of Detection. Sydney: Sea Cruise, 1978.

Etcetera (Rigmarole of the Hours 13) Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours.

 

RUDI KRAUSMANN (b. 1933, Mauerkirchen, Austria) emigrated to Australia in 1958. He has worked as a journalist in Salzburg and as a language teacher in Sydney and Melbourne. In 1975 he founded the magazine for art and literature Aspect, which he still edits. He edited the collection Recent German Poetry (Sydney: Aspect Publications, 1977) which was published with the assistance of the Goethe Institutes in Australia. He lives on Scotland Island, NSW, with his wife and three children. He has published the following books:

From Another Shore. Sydney: Wild & Woolley, 1975.

The Water Lily and other poems (Gargoyle Poets 24). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1977.

Everyman: A Sentence Situation (Paper Castle Mimeographs 3). Melbourne: The Paper Castle, 1978 (produced as a stage play at the Nimrod Theatre, Sydney, in 1978).

 

JENNIFER MAIDEN (b. 1949, Penrith, NSW) writes fulltime. She has been awarded several Fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and has won a number of literary prizes. She is married, and is at present

 


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completing a novel ‘The Terms’. She has two collections of poetry ready for publication, and has published the following books:

Tactics (Paperback Poets, Second Series 1). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1974.

The Problem of Evil. Sydney: New Poetry, for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1975.

The Occupying Forces (Gargoyle Poets 15). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1975.

Mortal Details (poetry and prose) (Rigmarole of the Hours 9). Melbourne: Rigmarole of the Hours, 1976.

Birthstones (Poets of the Month, series 4). Sydney: Angus &: Robertson, 1978.

 

NIGEL ROBERTS (b. 1941, Wellington, NZ) has lived in Sydney since 1965. He has been an editor of such magazines as Free Poetry, Package Deal and Living Daylights. He was awarded a Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council for six months in 1974. He is an active member of the NSW Branch of the Australian Poets Union, and has published:

In Casablanca for the Waters Sydney: Wild & Woolley, 1977.

 

JOHN A. SCOTT (b. 1948, Sussex, UK) has lived in Melbourne since 1959. He was associated with the Monash University poetry readings in the late 1960s, and won the Monash University Poetry Award in 1966 and 1967, and the Poetry Society of Australia Award in 1970. Formerly a freelance scriptwriter, he now lectures in Media Studies at Swinburne College, Hawthorn. Whilst continuing to write poetry and material for television, he has become increasingly involved in audio art, and a number of feature-length sound montages made in association with Robert Moore have been broadcast since 1977. He has recently completed ‘From the Flooded City’, a collection of new poems for publication in 1979. He has published:

The Barbarous Sideshow (Gargoyle Poets 16). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1976.

 


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KEN TAYLOR (b. 1930, Ballarat, Victoria) was trained as a cadet journalist and worked in journalism in Australia and New Zealand. He had various odd jobs before joining the ABC as a radio drama producer in 1962. He received a Harkness Fellowship in 1965 and spent two years in the United States where he was involved in the early days of the student protest movement. On returning to Australia he joined the La Mama writers’ workshop. He how works in the Natural History Unit of the ABC and lives in Melbourne with his wife and five children. He has published the following books of poetry:

Two Poets (with Kris Hemensley). Privately printed, 1968.

At Valentines. Melbourne: Contempa Publications, 1975.

 

TIM THORNE (b. 1944, Launceston, Tasmania) was educated at the University of Tasmania. In 1967-68 he lived in Sydney and was associated with Poetry Magazine (later New Poetry). He spent a year, 1971-72, at Stanford University, California, as the recipient of the Stanford Writing Scholarship. His poem ‘Autumn’ won the New Poetry Award in 1973. In 1978 he was awarded the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship for poetry. He worked mainly as a teacher of modem languages until 1976, when he became a full-time writer. At present he is an editor of The Tasmanian Review. He has published the following books of poetry:

Tense Mood and Voice. Sydney: Lyre-Bird Writers, 1969.

The What of Sane (Prism Poets 1). Sydney: New Poetry, for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1971.

New Foundations. Sydney: Prism Books, for the Poetry Society of Australia, 1976.

A Nickel In My Mouth. Flowerdale: Robin Books, 1979.

 

JOHN E. TRANTER (b. 1943, Cooma, NSW) spent his youth on an isolated farm on the NSW South Coast. He has worked mainly in printing, publishing and radio production, and has

 


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travelled through Europe and Asia. He spent two years in Singapore as a publisher’s editor, and now lives in Sydney with his wife and two children. He has published the following books:

Parallax (as a special edition of Poetry Australia, June, 1970). Sydney: South Head Press, 1970.

Red Movie. Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1972.

The Blast Area (Gargoyle Poets 12). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1974.

The Alphabet Murders (Poets of the Month, series 1). Sydney: Angus & Robertson, 1975.

Crying in Early infancy: 100 Sonnets Brisbane: Makar Press, 1978.

 

VICKI VIIDIKAS (b. 1948, Sydney, NSW) was associated with the early Balmain days of the new writing scene in Sydney. She has travelled widely through Europe, the Near East and Asia, and is known as much for her experimental prose works as for her poetry. She has published the following books:

Condition Red (Paperback Poets 18). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1973.

Wrappings (prose). Sydney: Wild & Woolley, 1974.

Knabel. Sydney: Wild &c Woolley, 1978.

 

ALAN WEARNE (b. 1948, Melbourne, Victoria) was
associated with the Monash University poetry readings in the late 1960s. He lives in Melbourne, to which he has a strong attachment. He was Australian Labor Party candidate for Nunawading at the 1979 Victorian State elections. At present he is working on a verse-novel ‘The Nightmarkets.’ He has published the following books:

Public Relations (Gargoyle Poets 2). Brisbane: Makar Press, 1972.

New Devil, New Parish (Paperback Poets, Second Series 14). Brisbane: University of Queensland Press, 1976.