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.

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.

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 in the Heart. I then meet Rae in person when I started hanging around NSW Poets Union events. Over the following years we worked together in various capacities in the Poets Union and

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Deb Westbury

Photograph by John Bragg at the Red Point Arts Centre cafe in Port Kembla, 2013. Deb Westbury, who passed away in 2018, was a poet, a mentor, a teacher and a workshop leader. For many years she also worked as a sculptor. Born in Wollongong, she lived there, Port Kembla and Kangaroo Valley until she settled in Katoomba. From the 1970s onwards, her poetry was featured in many literary journals, and was featured in the ABC’s Poetica. She published five full-length books

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John Upton

By the time he died, John Upton had established himself in the front rank of modern Australia poets, having already been a very successful scriptwriter for television and the stage. No matter what he was writing, John was, first and foremost, a craftsman. This was brought home to me, bizarrely enough, through a Jerry Seinfeld video. John had sent me a link to the video and suggested that I should watch it. I’m not a Seinfeld fan, so I put

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Kerry Leves

Photograph: Kerry Leves, on a tram in Katoomba 1993. Photographed by Jenni Nixon. Kerry Leves was born in Balmain in 1948 to a First World War veteran. He was the author of Water Roars, Illusions Burn Vagabond Press, 2002, and other collections, and A Shrine To Lata Mangeshkar (Puncher and Wattman, 2007), a book named after the revered playback singer of over five thousand Indian films. The book was shortlisted for both the 2009 NSW Premiers Prize and Kenneth Slessor Poetry Prize.

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J. S. Harry

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. Jann Harry was born in Adelaide in 1939. She began writing at an early age submitting her stories and poetry to children’s magazines with notable success—often the prizes being much-coveted books. She eventually moved to Sydney and although she had a variety of jobs, including educational bookselling, ‘writing between them and

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Rudi Krausmann

I am nobody in a shallow river although I can’t offer a paradise sentences & smiles reason & bridges I do not fail to cast a tiny shadow in the snow. Rudi Krausmann, from White River Hut (August 1973) Rudi Krausmann (born 23 July 1933 in Mauerkirchen, Salzburg  – died 15 March 2019 in Sydney) was an Austrian born Australian playwright and poet. He studied Economics in Vienna and worked as a journalist for the newspaper Salzburger Nachrichten. In 1958, after a sojourn in

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