Australian literature, writers and poets

Australian literature; Australian writers and poets, blogs; a list of websites


Aboriginal texts

Sacred Texts Archive
An online resource for early European texts on Aboriginal religious ideas and traditions.


Arts Hub
Jobs, careers and news for the arts and creative industries.

AustLit is a non-profit collaboration between twelve Australian Universities and the National Library of Australia providing authoritative information on hundreds of thousands of creative and critical Australian literature works relating to more than 100,000 Australian authors and literary organizations. Its coverage spans 1780 to the present day.

Australian Academy of the Humanities

Australian Book Review
ABR is widely regarded as offering the fullest coverage of Australian books and literary culture. But it is not just interested in writers and writing – their interests lie everywhere, and encompass current affairs and the broader culture.

Australian Bush Poets Association
Membership of the Australian Bush Poets Association (ABPA) is comprised of writers, performers and individuals who are interested in bush poetry and enjoy written and live stories in rhyme and metre.

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

Australian Literature Gateway (AustLit)
Search by author.

Australian Literary Management.
Australian Literary Management, Sydney, was founded in 1980 in Melbourne to look after the business affairs of authors around the world, negotiating their contracts and managing their careers.

Australian Literary Agents’ Association

Australian Literature Database
Australian literature e-texts (from Sydney University).

Australian Poetry Centre
The Australian Poetry Centre is a not-for-profit, incorporated association established to promote reading, writing and publishing activities associated with Australian poetry in all of its forms. The APC is supported by the State Government of Victoria.

Australian Writing Centre/Writing Bar
Writing Bar is the blog of the Australian Writers’ Centre. You’ll find resources, tips, videos, podcasts and a range of guidelines to help you in all aspects of writing.


Australian authors;
short bios, with webpage links.

Awards *

The Australian Literature Society Gold Medal Awards
Wikipedia entries

Book Awards of the World
Literary Awards Australia provides results from over 250 of the worlds leading book awards. Winners. Shortlists. Longlists. Authors. Books. News Service.

Allen & Unwin – The Australian/Vogel’s Literary Award
Annual award for unpublished manuscripts by authors younger than 35 years old; with entry forms. Miles Franklin Literary Award

Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards

Miles Franklin Award

Patrick White Award

Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

Blogs *

ANZ LitLovers LitBlog
For lovers of Australian and New Zealand literary fiction.

Writing Bar
Writing Bar is the blog of the Australian Writers’ Centre. You’ll find resources, tips, videos, podcasts and a range of guidelines to help you in all aspects of writing.


Books, illustrations, book art, science, history.

Cordite newsblog
The blog of online poetry journal Cordite.

The Deletions
Pam Brown, poet, co-editor of Jacket poetry magazine.

Seizure Online
The Australian Book Review

Heat Poetry Online



Read, Think, Write


The Children’s Book Council of Australia


Australian poetry journal.


Etexts *

Australian Literary and Historical Texts
A collection of digitized full text 19th and early 20th century Australian literary, historical and political works from the University of Sydney. Classic Australian Works On demand access to full text classic Australian works that are out-of-print but mostly still in copyright.

Pandora: Australia’s Web Archive
National Library of Australia

Project Gutenberg Australian library:
etexts by Australian authors, about Australia and works of interest to Australians. This Australiana page boasts many ebooks by Australian writers, or books about Australia. There is a diverse range, from the journals of the land and sea explorers, to the early accounts of white settlement in Australia, to the fiction of ‘Banjo’ Paterson, Henry Lawson and many other Australian writers.


Fellowship of Australian Writers

Festivals *

Melbourne Writers Festival

Literary Festivals in Australia and New Zealand

Sydney Writers’ Festival


Jacket Magazine
A popular Australian literary journal founded by John Tranter to showcase lively contemporary poetry and prose.

Journals, magazines *

Australian Book Review
Australian Humanities Review

Association for the Study of Australian Literature (ASAL)

Australian Literary Review Colloquy
Colloquy is a peer-reviewed online journal published biannually by postgraduate students in the School of English, Communications and Performance Studies at Monash University.

Cordite. Australian poetry journal


Jacket Magazine


The Monthly


Quadrant Online
Monthly print magazine; with book reviews, poetry, and essays.

Seizure Online

Australia’s oldest literary journal.

Voiceworks is a national quarterly magazine that features exciting new writing by young Australians. It features the best fiction, nonfiction, poetry, illustrations, and graphic art by under 25-year-olds around the country.



Libraries *

Australian Libraries Gateway (ALG)

Melbourne Library Service

National Library of Australia

Find and get over 382,236,062 Australian and online resources: books, images, historic newspapers, maps, music, archives and more.

The State Library of New South Wales

The State Library of South Australia

The State Library of Western Australia

The State Library of Victoria

University of Sydney Library

Manuscripts *

Australian manuscript collection, National Library of Australia.

A guide to Australian literary manuscripts.


Meanjin, a leading Australian literary magazine.

Melbourne Writers’ Festival


Novelists *

A list of Australian novelists, from Wikipedia, 

The best young Australian novelists. Sydney Morning Herald

50 ‘Must Read’ Australian novels (by popular vote) Booktopia

Organizations *

Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc

Australian Society of Authors

Council of Australian Societies of Editors

Oxford Book of Australasian Verse

The Wheeler Centre
The Wheeler Centre is the Melbourne home of the Victorian Government’s City of Literature initiative.


Poetry *

Oxford Book of Australasian Verse

Australian poets, a web list from Wikipedia.

Australian Poetry Centre
The Australian Poetry Centre is a not-for-profit, incorporated association established to promote reading, writing and publishing activities associated with Australian poetry in all of its forms. The APC is supported by the State Government of Victoria.

The Poetry Resource was created in 2006 as a reference site for students of poetry or lovers of poetry. Since that time they have added 100 or so poets with more added each week.

Publishers *

Australian Publishers Association

Publishers of Australian Poetry

Australian Publishers: A List of publishers in Australia.


Schools, writing courses *

Australian College of Journalism

Australian Communication and Writing Courses Online
Open Colleges

Creative Writing Courses – Australian Writers’ Centre

Postgraduate Creative Writing Courses in Australia.

Writers’ Studio
Their goal is to give you tools and techniques that make your writing and stories come alive on the page.

Sydney Writers’ Festival


Wikipedia entry on Australian literature.

Australian authors and poets *

AustLit Australian author information.

Australian authors index.

Wikipedia entries on Australian poets


Carey, Peter

Peter Carey Website.

Peter Carey
Wikipedia entry.

Edgar, Stephen

Stephen Edgar
Poems at The Clive James website.

Stephen Edgar’s website.

Hodkins, Philip

Philip Hodgins

Flanagan, Richard

Richard Flanagan. Wikipedia entry.

Richard Flanagan. The Guardian

Hodkins, Richard

Philip Hodgins

James, Clive

Clive James

Clive James website. Clive

Clive James, Wikipedia entry.

Clive James
BBC discussion with Clive James, Marcus du Sautoy and Slavoj Zizek.

Clive James Talking in the Library
Video interviews with writers and actors.

James, Phillip

James Phillip. Biographical Entry

Keneally, Thomas

Thomas Keneally
Wikipedia entry.

Thomas Keneally
Random House Australia

The Life and Works of Thomas Keneally

Tom Keneally Centre

Koch, Christopher

Christopher Koch
Random House

Christopher Koch

McAuley, James Phillip

James McAuley

James McAuley
The Rathouse

Murray, Les

A Les Murray homepage.

Les Murray. The Poetry Foundation

Paris Review.The Art of Poetry No. 89,

Les Murray. The Poetry Archive

Les Murray.  Clive James

A life in writing: Les Murray. The Guardian

Les Murray. London Review of Books

Les Murray. The Australian Poetry Library

Les Murray
Wikipedia entry.

Nicholson, Peter

Peter Nicholson’s homepage.

Paterson, Banjo

Banjo Paterson Poems. Wallis & Matilda

Banjo Paterson. Wikipedia

Porter, Peter

Peter Porter

Peter Porter
The Guardian

Peter Porter
The Clive James website. Poems, with video and audio dialogues.

The Rest on the Flight: Selected Poems by Peter Porter Review from The Guardian.

Peter Porter
The Oxonian Review

Wallace-Crabbe, Chris

Chris Wallace-Crabbe. Wikipedia 
The Australian Poetry Library

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
The poetry Foundation

White, Patrick

Patrick White. Nobel Prize Archive

Patrick White reviews, webpage links,

Patrick White. Introduction, list of works.

Winton, Tim

Tim Winton. Biography and bibliography

Tim Winton, Wikipedia entry.

Tim Winton. British Council website.

Wright, Judith

Judith Wright. Wikipedia entry.

Judith Wright, an introduction.

Judith Wright. Poems