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The Book of Remembrance
Photograph: Jann Harry (J.S. Harry) at her book launch of Not finding Wittgenstein: Peter Henry Lepus Poems, Giramondo Publishing Company, 12 June 2007. Photographed by Jenni Nixon, at Gleebooks.

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.

Editor Adam Aitken is a Sydney-based poet and teacher. His last book was Archipelago (Vagabond Press).
Email address: AAitken@poetrysydney.org

Photograph: Rudi Krausmann in Sydney by Pam Brown, 1982.

Robert Adamson

Photograph by Juno Gemes.  All rights reserved. Vale, Robert Adamson (1943 – 2022)   Devin Johnston, Flood Editions Robert Adamson (17 May 1943–16 December 2022) died today of liver cancer. He is widely recognized as one of our greatest poets, “one of Australia’s national treasures” (as John Ashbery wrote). Adamson

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Antigone Kefala

Antigone Kefala (1931 – 2022) Antigone Kefala was a writer of poetry, fiction and memoir. Over the last fifty years from 1973, she published five poetry collections, including The Alien, Thirsty Weather, European Notebook, Absence and Fragments, the last won the 2017 Judith Wright Calanthe Award. She also published three

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John Carey

John’s Funeral Service (2 September 22) John Carey, Booranga Writers Fourtwenty launch Gleebooks 2017. All rights reserved. John was the author of six collections, the last of which was the New and Selected, Dead Cat Bounce, and he was a superb presenter of poetry – courtesy of his background in

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Nicolette Stasko

Nicolette Stasko I heard the sad news today that Australian-American poet, non-fiction writer, editor and novelist Nicolette Stasko died on Christmas Day 2021, after a battle with cancer. Readers of these pages will know she was an accomplished writer, critic, and teacher of literature. In recent months, she was completing

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Kate Jennings

The Australian writer Kate Jennings died in New York on 1 May 2021. She was born in Temora in western NSW in 1948, and grew up in the Riverina. A detailed account of a country childhood in her novel ‘Snake’ draws on her own. Poet, essayist, and novelist, she published

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Lesley Walter

Lesley Walter was a widely published poet who held a Master of Letters Degree in Australian Literature from The University of Sydney. She worked as a secondary school teacher and a tertiary administrator, married and had three daughters, publishing two collections of poetry before her untimely death in 2016. Her

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Rae Desmond Jones

Rae Desmond Jones Rae Desmond Jones was a friend and a mentor. He was one of the first contemporary  Australian poets I read as a teenager and my fascination with him only increased following the controversy over the inclusion of ‘The deadshits’ on Robyn Archer’s  1978 LP The Wild Girl

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Adam Aitken is a Sydney-based poet and teacher. His last book was Archipelago (Vagabond Press). 
Email: AAitken@poetrysydney.org