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Richard Tipping (1949 – )

Richard Kelly Tipping in his studio, portrait by Juno Gemes© Richard Kelly Tipping in his studio, portrait by Juno Gemes©

Richard Tipping was born in Adelaide in 1949. He studied at Flinders University in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and about this time became involved in the 'New Australian Poetry'. His early work included editing and publishing (with Rob Tillett) an underground literary magazine, MOK: a magazine of contemporary dissolution and intemperance (1968-69). His first poetry collection, Soft Riots, was published by the University of Queensland Press in 1972, and his second, Domestic Hardcore, in 1975. Tipping was one of the founders of Adelaide's Friendly Street Poets society, and was the editor of the group's first anthology (1977). After working for the South Australian Film Corporation for several years, he moved to Sydney, and subsequently spent several years in Europe, where he produced a series of documentaries and interviews with expatriate Australian writers.

In 1989, Tipping moved to Newcastle, New South Wales, where he lectures in media and communications at the University of Newcastle. His poetry is increasingly linked to his work in the visual arts, where he uses multiple media including sculpture, photography, and film. One of Australia's most dedicated and distinguished exponents of 'concrete' and visual poetry, Tipping has regularly exhibited his work in Australia and internationally since the early 1970s. He has described his fusions of poetry with other creative arts under various labels, including 'artpoems' and 'wordworks.'

Poetry Collections

Soft Riots (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1972).

Domestic Hardcore (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1975).

Word of Mouth: poems 74-84 (Sydney: the Author, 1984).

A Few Poems: 1968-1984 (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1984).

Headline to the Heart: poems (London: Pot Hole Press, 1985).

Nearer by Far (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1986).

Five O'Clock Shadows (Newcastle, NSW: Thorny Devil Press, 1989).

Know Tipping: Wordworks (London: Writers Forum, 1997).

Notes Towards Employment: some uncollected poems (Warners Bay, NSW: Picaro Press, [c.2006])

Subvert I Sing (Dugort, Co. Mayo, Ireland: Redfoxpress, 2008).

Suggested Further Reading

Hazel de Berg, 'Richard Tipping Interviewed by Hazel de Berg,' 1 Sound Reel (ca. 15 mins) and transcript, Hazel de Berg Collection, National Library of Australia.

Martin Duwell, 'The New Australian Poetry,' Australian Literary Studies 13.4 (1988), pp. 493-502.

Martin Duwell and Roger McDonald, 'Keep Moving: An Interview with Richard Tipping,' Makar 9.1
(1973), pp. 1-6.

John Jenkins, 'New Waves in Concrete,' Overland no.114 (1989), pp. 66-71.

Geoff Page, 'Richard Tipping,' A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Australian Poetry (St Lucia, Qld: University of Queensland Press, 1995), pp. 291-94.

Joseph Swann, ' "What You See Must Be Other": Language and Eros in the Poetry of Richard Kelly Tipping,' Australian Literary Studies 13.3 (1988), pp.296-397.

Richard Tipping, 'Sea Song,' Five Bells 17.3 (2010), pp.19-27.

Richard Tippping, 'Subvertising: Word Works,' Kunapipi 16.2 (1994), pp. 24-34.

Richard Tipping and Rob Tillett, 'Mok,' Australian Literary Studies 8.2 (1977), pp.2 08-09.