The Book of Register
Les Murray in Piers’s backyard in Wahroonga, NSW. Photograph by Piers Laverty, 2017.
Remembering Australian poets from Sydney and New South Wales. These stories are treasured memorials. We publish them to honour a life as well as to inform community of their lives that made them prominent locally, nationally and worldwide.
The last half-century has been a remarkable one for Australian literature. Some might trace many of our literary achievements back to the year 1972, the year the Literature Board of the Australian Council of the Arts (as it was then) was established. Within twelve months an Australian had been awarded the Nobel Prize, and international recognition followed for a diverse group of writers, beginning with the Booker Prize winners Thomas Keneally and Peter Carey, and with poets who had turned