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Robyn Ravlich (1949 – )

Robyn Ravlich was born in 1949 in Broken Hill, New South Wales, into a Croatian-Australian family. She moved to Sydney in the late 1960s, where she studied Fine Arts, English and Education at the University of Sydney, and tutored in Environmental Design in the Faculty of Architecture. She became involved with the 'Generation of '68'group of poets centred around the inner-west suburb of Balmain, including John Tranter, Robert Adamson, and Vicki Viidikas, and published a collection of poetry, The Black Abacus, in 1971. In the early 1970s she joined the Australian Broadcasting Corporation as a specialist trainee, and worked as a writer, producer, and presenter for the ABC for 35 years, before her retirement in 2010. Her body of work with the ABC included programs focusing on performance poetry and sound artists, as well as documentaries on the experience of migration, including an award-winning documentary on asylum seekers, On a Raft, All at Sea (2002).

Poetry Collections


The Black Abacus (Sydney: New Poetry, 1971).

Suggested Further Reading

Thomas Shapcott, 'Present Poetry,' Australian Book Review no.11 (1972), pp. 249-50.

Jim Tulip, 'Contemporary Australian Poetry: Transition and Advance,' Southerly 32.3 (1972), pp. 176-95.