Writers Sought


Just lately I have been advertising for researchers and writers for the Australian Children’s Poetry blog site. As usual, I am keen to receive articles about anything related to children’s poetry (such as teaching poetry writing, compiling a collection, poetry book reviews and so on). But what I am particularly keen on are people who would like to research and write biographies about deceased Australian children’s poets to add to the A to Z of poets.

So, if you are interested, you might like to choose one (or more) of the following poets and get to work. The biographies would include the dates of birth and death and an overview of their life as poets as well as including three of their poems for children (citing publication details). If you can find any pictures (of the poet and/or their books), please send as jpgs.

Here is a list of the poets. Some of them, such as Michael Dugan, wrote exclusively for children; other poets, such as Kevin Gilbert, wrote mostly poems for adults but also wrote poems published in anthologies for children

Clive Sansom
Kath Walker
Ronald Strahan
Colin Thiele
DH Souter
Spike Milligan
Kevin Gilbert
Roland Robinson
Irene Gough
William Hart-Smith
Robert Gray
Mary Gilmore
Eric Rolls
Lilith Norman
Patricia Wrightson
Isobel Kendall Bowden
Ruth Sansom
Geoffrey Dutton
Elizabeth Riddell
Cathy Warry
CJ Dennis
Andrew ‘Banjo’ Patterson
Henry Kendall
Henry Lawson
Barbara Giles
Jenny Boult (also known as MM Bliss)
Daisy Utemorrah
Flexmore Hudson
Michael Dugan

Thanks and hope to hear from you soon!
Di Bates

7 thoughts on “Writers Sought

    • My Henry Lawson by Bertha Lawson. 1st Edition May 1943. “This is the true story of my husband, Henry Lawson, as I knew him and as I have told it to Will Lawson to set down’
      Bertha & Henry were officially separated Friday 5th June 1903. A biography based on Bertha’s writing could be delightful. Word limit a problem.
      Has Kath Walker – Oodgeroo Noonuccal – been spoken for yet?
      Word Limit and intended audience reading age please
      It’s a brilliant idea.

  1. Hi Dianne,

    I’m happy to do this. What word length do you want for the biographies? So you can keep track, I’ll research Lilith Norman, Flexmore Hudson and Cathy Warry – unless someone else is already working on their biographies. Regards, Teena

  2. Thank you so much for your kind offer. I’m in the process of researching (and trying to find poems by) Lilith Norman. If you would like to take on Flexmore Hudson and Cathy Warry, that would be great. I think I have at least one poem by each of these poets so will send them to you.

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