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Further Reading

Some Useful Books

  • Philip Davies Roberts. How Poetry Works: The Elements of English Poetry
          (Penguin, 1986, 304 pages) ISBN 0140135928, ISBN-13: 9780140135923
  • Mark Strand and Eavan Boland. The Making of a Poem: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms.
          New York: W.W. Norton and Co Inc., 2001. ISBN: 0393321789
  • Alex Preminger & T.V.F. Brogan, editors, et al.; The New Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics.
          Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1993. ISBN13: 9780691021232.
  • Paul Fussell. Poetic Meter and Poetic Form.
          McGraw Hill, 1965, revised 1979. ISBN 0075536064.

Researching on the Internet

The Internet is a rich collection of resources for research on any topic, but you need to keep your wits about you. One site on poetic form says ‘The poet Patriarch was a master of the canzone.’ One hopes they meant Petrarch: ‘Francesco Petrarca (1304–1374), known in English as Petrarch, [who] was an Italian scholar, poet and one of the earliest Renaissance Humanists.’ (Wikipedia). Wikipedia is generally trustworthy because it is constantly scrutinised by an army of volunteers and revised to eliminate errors; other sites should be viewed with caution. One of the great virtues of the Internet lies in its making freely available books whose copyright has lapsed, such as the Encyclopaedia Britannica 1911 edition. Though many of the Eurocentric attitudes and technical facts expressed in this book are now out of date and out of style, the articles on poetic form are still useful. Wikipedia states that ‘The eleventh edition of Encyclopaedia Britannica has become a commonly quoted source, both because of the reputation of the Britannica and because it is now in the public domain and has been made available on the Internet. It has been used as a source by many modern projects including Wikipedia and the Gutenberg Encyclopedia. The Project Gutenberg Encyclopedia is the eleventh edition of the Encyclopaedia Britannica, renamed to address Britannica’s trademark concerns. [….] Distributed proofreaders are currently [2010] working on producing a complete electronic edition of the 1911 Encyclopaedia Britannica.”

Cultural Organisations

  • Literature Board of the Australia Council: The Literature Board provides direct financial support to outstanding literary creators, and grants to organisations that offer infrastructure support to the literature sector and income-generating opportunities for writers. Professional development opportunities for individual writers, including Australian and overseas residencies, are also supported, and book, magazine and online publishing.

Other resources
Some of these resources may be out of date: we hope to update them soon.

Australian Poetry

Australian Poetry Ltd (AP) (http://www.australianpoetry.org/) is an organisation launched in 2011 as a merger between the Australian Poetry Centre and Poets Union. It is the peak industry body for poetry in this country, based at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne, with a charter to promote and support Australian poets and poetry locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. The organisation consists of a Board of Directors, Staff, National Advisory Council and selected Cultural Ambassadors all working to strengthen the Australian poetry community nationally and overseas. Australian Poetry has a clear national strategy to assist with how we make decisions and select projects. We aim to: promote excellence in Australian poetry develop a diverse, inclusive program, providing opportunities for all Australians to engage with Australian poets and poetry build new audiences for Australian poets and poetry nationally, internationally and in the digital space develop a strong organisational plan, as a foundation for growth

Street Address:
Australian Poetry
The Wheeler Centre
176 Little Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC
Australia

Postal Address:
PO Box 21082
Little Lonsdale Street VIC 8011
Australia

Phone:
+61 3 9094 7828

Email:
admin@australianpoetry.org

 

Australian Society of Authors
98 Pitt Street
Redfern NSW 2016
PO Box 1566
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone: 02 9318 0877
Fax: 02 9318 0530
Email: asa [ât] asauthors.org
http://www.asauthors.org/

Australian Writers’ Guild
Unit 8, 50 Reservoir Street
Surry Hills NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9281 1554
Fax: 02 9281 4321
Email: admin [ât] awg.com.au
http://www.awg.com.au/

Australian PEN Centres
http://www.pen.org.au/

Australian Publishers Association
60/ 89 Jones Street
Ultimo NSW 2007
Phone: 02 9281 9788
Fax: 02 9281 1073
Email: apa [ât] publishers.asn.au
http://www.publishers.asn.au/

Australian National Playwrights’ Centre
Level 1, NSW Writers Centre
Rozelle Hospital
Balmain Road
Rozelle NSW 2039
PO Box 1566
Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02 9555 9377
Fax: 02 9555 9370
Email: info [ât] anpc.org.au
http://www.anpc.org.au/

Australian Script Centre
77 Salamanca Place
Hobart TAS 7004
Phone: 03 6223 4675
Fax: 03 6223 4678
Email: info [ât] ozscript.org
http://www.ozscript.org/

Australian Copyright Council
Suite 3, 245 Chalmers Street
Redfern NSW 2016
PO Box 1986
Strawberry Hills NSW 2012
Phone: 02 9318 1788 (copyright information)
Phone: 02 9699 3247 (admin & sales)
Fax: 02 9698 3536
Email: info [ât] copyright.org.au
http://www.copyright.org.au/

Copyright Agency Limited
Level 15, 233 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9394 7600
Fax: 02 9394 7601
Email: info [ât] copyright.com.au
http://www.copyright.com.au/

Public Lending Right Scheme
    & Educational Lending Right Scheme

38 Sydney Avenue
Forrest ACT 2603
GPO Box 3241
Canberra ACT 2601
Toll free: 1800 672 842
Phone: 02 6271 1650
Fax: 02 6271 1651
Email: plr.mail [ât] dcita.gov.au
Email: elr.mail [ât] dcita.gov.au
http://www.dcita.gov.au/ lendingrights/

Australian Film Commission (NSW)
Level 4, 150 William Street
Woolloomooloo NSW 2011
GPO Box 3984
Sydney NSW 2001
Toll free: 1800 226 615
Phone: 02 9321 6444
Fax: 02 9357 3737
Email: info [ât] afc.gov.au
http://www.afc.gov.au/

Australian Film Commission (VIC)
Level 2, 120 Clarendon Street
South Melbourne VIC 3205
PO Box 404
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Toll free phone within Australia: 1 800 338 430
Phone: 03 8646 4300
Email: info [ât] afc.gov.au
http://www.afc.gov.au/

Australian Film Commission (QLD)
Level 3, Judith Wright Centre
420 Brunswick Street
Fortitude Valley QLD 4006
PO Box 835
Fortitude Vallery QLD 4006
Phone: 07 3620 3600
Fax: 07 3620 3610
Email:infor [ât] afc.gov.au
http://www.afc.gov.au/

Australian Film Television and Radio School
Cnr Epping & Balaclava Roads
North Ryde NSW 2113
PO Box 126
North Ryde NSW 1670
Phone (within Australia): 1 300 131 461
Phone: 02 9805 6611
Fax: 02 9887 1030
Email: info_syd.aftrs.edu.au
http://www.aftrs.edu.au/

The Children’s Book Council of Australia
National Office
416 Magill Road
Kensington Gardens SA 5067
PO Box 3203
Norwood SA 5067
Phone: 08 8332 2845
Fax: 08 8333 0394
Email: office [ât] cbc.org.au
http://www.cbc.org.au/

ABC Online — Arts
Head Office:
ABC Ultimo Centre, 700 Harris Street, Ultimo NSW 2007
Postal Address:
GPO Box 9994, Sydney NSW 2001
Phone: 02 8333 1500
Business Services Area Fax: 02 8333 5172
http://www.abc.net.au/arts/

Poetica - ABC Online
Poetica is dedicated to the performance of poetry and ranges freely amongst contemporary Australian and overseas work as well as drawing on ancient sources and from bilingual programs, live readings, studio-based poetry features and on-location recordings.
Poetica is presented by Mike Ladd on ABC Radio National on Saturdays at 3.05 pm with a repeat each Thursday at 3.05pm. It can also be heard via the web at:
http://www.abc.net.au/rn/poetica

Northern Rivers Writers Centre
69 Jonson Street, Byron Bay NSW 2481
Phone: 02 6685 5115  — Fax: 02 6685 5166
Email: info[ât]nrwc.org.au
Web: http://www.nrwc.org.au/

State writers’ centres

ACT Writers Centre
Gorman House Arts Centre
Doonkuna Wing
Ainslie Avenue
Braddon ACT 2612
Phone: 02 6262 9191
Fax: 02 6262 9191
Email: admin [ât] actwriters.org.au
http://www.actwriters.org.au/

NSW Writers’ Centre
Room 1, Garry Owen House
Rozelle Hospital Grounds
Rozelle NSW 2039
PO Box 1056
Rozelle NSW 2039
Phone: 02 9555 9757
Fax: 02 9818 1327
Email: nswwc [ât] nswwriterscentre.org.au
nswwc [ât] ozemail.com.au
http://www.nswwriterscentre.org.au

Queensland Writers’ Centre
Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Centre, Stanley Place
South Bank Q 4101
Phone: 07 3842 9922
Fax: 07 3842 9920
Email: qldwriters [ât] qwc.asn.au
http://www.qwc.asn.au/


SA Writers’ Centre Inc
2nd Floor, 187 Rundle Street
Adelaide SA 5000
PO Box 43
Rundle Mall
Adelaide SA 5000
Phone: 08 8223 7662
Fax: 08 8232 3994
Email: sawriters [ât] sawriters.on.net
http://www.sawriters.on.net

Tasmanian Writers’ Centre
77 Salamanca Place
Hobart TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6224 0029
Fax: 03 6224 0029
Email: admin [ât] tasmanianwriters.org
http://www.tasmanianwriters.org

Victorian Writers’ Centre
Nicholas Building
1st Floor, 37 Swanston Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Phone: 03 9654 9068
Fax: 03 9654 4751
Email: info [ât] writers-centre.org
http://www.writers-centre.org

WA State Literature Centre Inc.
Fremantle Arts Centre
1 Finnerty Street
Fremantle WA 6160
PO Box 891
Fremantle WA 6160
Phone: 08 9432 9559
Fax: 08 9430 6613
Email: slcprograms [ât] fremantle.wa.gov.au
http://www.writerswritingwa.org

Northern Territory Writers’ Centre Inc — Darwin
Frog Hollow Centre for the Arts
56 McMinn Street
Darwin NT 0801
GPO Box 2255
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 08 8941 2651
Fax: 08 8941 2115
Email: info [ât] ntwriters.com.au
http://www.ntwriters.com.au

Northern Territory Writers’ Centre — Central Australia
Red Hot Arts Centre
67 Bath St [cnr Stott Tce]
GPO Box 4080
Alice Springs NT 0871
Phone: 08 8952 3810
Email: alice [ât] ntwriters.com.au
http://www.ntwriters.com.au/

Federal and state government organisations

Department of Communications, Information Technology and the Arts
38 Sydney Avenue
Forrest ACT 2603
GPO Box 2154
Canberra ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6271 1000
Fax: 02 6271 1901
Email: dcita.mail [ât] dcita.gov.au
http://www.dcita.gov.au/

Arts ACT
Level 4, Macarthur House
12 Wattle Street
Lyneham ACT 2602
PO Box 158
Canberra City ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6207 2384
Fax: 02 6207 2386
Email: artsACT [ât] act.gov.au
http://www.arts.act.gov.au/


Arts Queensland
Level 16, 111 George Street
Brisbane QLD 4001
GPO Box 1436
Brisbane QLD 4001
Toll free: 1800 175 531
Phone: 07 3224 4896
Fax: 07 3224 4077
Email: reception [ât] arts.qld.gov.au
http://www.arts.qld.gov.au/


Arts NT
1st Floor, 9-11 Cavenagh Street
Darwin NT 0800
GPO Box 1774
Darwin NT 0801
Phone: 08 8999 8981
Fax: 08 8999 8949
Email: arts.office [ât] nt.gov.au
http://www.dcdsca.nt.gov.au/

Arts SA
West’s Coffee Palace
110 Hindley Street
Adelaide SA 5000
GPO Box 2308
Adelaide SA 5420
Phone: 08 8463 5444
Fax: 08 8463 5419
Email: artssa [ât] saugov.sa.gov.au
http://www.arts.sa.gov.au/

Arts Tasmania
Level 8, 22 Elizabeth Street
Hobart TAS 7000
GPO Box 771
Hobart TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6233 7308
Fax: 03 6233 5555
Email: arts.tasmania [ât] arts.tas.gov.au
http://www.arts.tas.gov.au/

Arts Victoria
Level 6, 2 Kavanagh Street
Southbank VIC 3006
Private Bag No. 1
South Melbourne VIC 3205
Toll free: 1800 134 894
Phone: 03 9954 5000
Fax: 03 9686 6186
Email: artsvic [ât] dpc.vic.gov.au
http://www.arts.vic.gov.au/index.htm

Arts WA
Level 7, 573 Hay Street
Perth WA 6000
PO Box 8349
Perth Business Centre WA 6849
Phone: 08 9224 7300
Fax: 08 9224 7301
Email: info [ât] dca.wa.gov.au
http://www.dca.wa.gov.au/ArtsWA.asp

NSW Ministry for the Arts
Level 9, St James Centre
111 Elizabeth Street
Sydney NSW 2000
PO Box A226
Sydney South NSW 1235
Toll free (NSW only): 1800 358 594
Phone: 02 9228 5533
Fax: 02 9228 4722
NRS: 133 677
Email: ministry [ât] arts.nsw.gov.au
http://www.arts.nsw.gov.au/

Queensland Arts Council
8 Lochaber Street
Dutton Park
Brisbane QLD 4102
GPO Box 376
Brisbane QLD 4001
Toll free: 1800 177 789
Phone: 07 3846 7500
Fax: 07 3846 7744
Email: info [ât] qac.org.au
http://www.qac.org.au/htm/default.asp

Regional Arts Australia
2 McLaren Parade
PORT ADELAIDE SA 5015
Business Phone: 08 8444 0424
Business fax 08 8447 8496
Email: Ruth.smiles [ât] countryarts.org.au
http://www.regionalarts.com.au/raa1/default.asp

Regional Arts NSW
Pier 5, Hickson Road
Millers Point NSW 2000
Phone: 02 9247 8577
Fax: 02 9247 7829
Email: admin [ât] regionalartsnsw.com.au
http://www.regionalartsnsw.com.au/

Regional Arts Victoria
1st Floor, 147 Liardet Street
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
PO Box 600
Port Melbourne VIC 3207
Phone: 03 9644 1800
Fax: 03 9646 3832
Email: enquiry [ât] rav.net.au
http://www.rav.net.au/

Tasmanian Regional Arts
Corner of George and James Street
Latrobe TAS 7307
PO Box 172
Latrobe TAS 7307
Phone: 03 6426 2344
Fax: 03 6426 2889
Email: info [ât] tasregionalarts.org.au
http://www.tasregionalarts.org.au/