Graeme Kinross-Smith, 1936–2021

We seem to be on repeat with this kind of message, but we’re very sad to hear news of the death of Graeme Kinross-Smith last Friday evening.

Graeme was a wonderful poet, as well a fine writer of fiction and non-fiction, and a marvellous photographer. He was a friend to, and generous supporter of, many other writers, especially young writers, and Whitmore Press was fortunate enough to publish one of his many collections of poetry, Available Light, as well as a selection of his photography in an annual issue of Space: New Writing.

A former college and university teacher, jazz aficionado, lover of tennis and diving, Graeme was a warm and enthusiastic man, full of vitality. He’ll be dearly missed. Our love and thoughts are with Judith and family. Vale GK-S.

Vale Retta Hemensley

Breaking the drought for the first post in a very long time … at Whitmore Press we were saddened to hear news of the passing of the warm, kind, hugely generous Retta Hemensley from the former Collected Works Bookshop, Melbourne.

Retta was at the heart of virtually every CW event – including Whitmore Press launches, among many others over many years. She was as interested in people as she was in poetry. Along with Kris H, she invited everyone in, metaphorically and literally. She will be much missed, and mourned, by devotees of poetry from Melbourne and beyond.

Our love and condolences to Kris.

Vale Retta.

Retta at the final Collected Works book launch. Photo by kind permission of Jennifer Mackenzie.

‘third body’ launched

In one of the last events to be held there, Collected Works bookshop was packed out for the 23 October launch of Marion May Campbell’s third body, with Jennifer Harrison delivering a brilliant launch speech, and Marion an enlivening, energetic reading. Thanks to all who attended, and to Kris and Retta for hosting this event and so many others over so many years.

These superb photos come courtesy of Richard Mudford.

For those who couldn’t make the launch, copies of Marion’s book are available on the Whitmore Press titles page.

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‘third body’ lands

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Marion May Campbell’s third body has landed. The Braque birds are looking beautiful on the cover, thanks to a marvellous design by Deirdre Carmichael.

A reminder that Marion’s book takes flight this coming Tuesday, 6pm at Collected Works, Melbourne. Or, you can order a copy right here –
free postage.

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You can peruse our full list of poetry publications from the Whitmore Press titles page.

Happy reading.

Launch of ‘third body’ by Marion May Campbell

Whitmore Press is delighted to announce the launch of third body (featuring Georges Braque lithograph on the cover), a stunning new poetry collection by Marion May Campbell.

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The details:

Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Tuesday 23 October 2018, 6pm for 6.30 start

The wonderful Jennifer Harrison will do the launch honours.

This is one of the final events at the iconic Collected Works before Kris and Retta exit the Nicholas Building for the last time and enter a new phase of their lives.

As always, drinks and snacks are on us. We would love to see you there.


‘redactor’ shortlisted in John Bray Poetry Award

eddie-photoFollowing its recent shortlisting in the Victoria Premier’s Literary Awards, Eddie Paterson’s redactor has this week been shortlisted in the 2018 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature, John Bray Poetry Award, along with works by Peter Boyle, Pam Brown, Joel Deane, Ali Cobby Eckermann and Antigone Kefala – fine poets all.

Find all shortlists for the 2018 Adelaide awards at

‘redactor’ shortlisted in VPLA, recommended in The Guardian


It’s been a big couple of days for Eddie Paterson and redactor, published by Whitmore Press in February 2017.

Yesterday, after a reading of ‘redactor’, Eddie was named by Marieke Hardy in The Guardian as one of eight new writers we should be reading. Hardy writes, ‘when a writer such as Eddie Paterson falls across one’s radar the thrilling potential can’t be ignored. His latest collection, redactor, uses found texts from ordinary daily life to make word-magic on the page’.…/eight-new-australian-writers-…

Today, ‘redactor’ has been shortlisted, along with works by Bella Li and Jennifer Maiden, in the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. The judges describe redactor as a ‘hilarious, politically alive vivid experiment. It’s a hand-held guide to finding the twisted wonderful poetry in every banal word we employ.…/victorian-premier-s-literar…

Like a copy of redactor? Order here, and we’ll send it to straight to your door (free postage, do yourself a favour etc.).

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Launch of ‘November Journal’ by Diane Fahey

Whitmore Press is delighted to announce the launch of November Journal, the latest collection by Diane Fahey.

The details:

Collected Works bookshop
First Floor, Nicholas Building, 37 Swanston Street, Melbourne
Thursday 30 November, 6pm for 6.30 start

Launch by the poet Anne M Carson.

Drinks and snacks provided. All welcome!

In November Journal, Diane Fahey creates a record of her sojourn at Bundanon artists’ retreat with its view of fields, forest, plains, escarpments, and the Shoalhaven River. These one hundred poems in the tanka form are buoyant and contemplative, deftly unfolding a narrative while evoking the close-up particulars and encompassing dramas of the natural world.

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If you’re in or near Melbourne, we hope you can take time out from the end-of-year rush to enjoy the intelligently quiet, reflective poems of one of Australia’s most renowned poets.

Can’t make the launch? Order November Journal online here, and we’ll mail a copy to your door – free postage.

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WP poets shortlisted in major awards

redactor-cover-high-resEddie Paterson’s redactor, published in February by Whitmore Press, was recently commended in the Wesley Michel Wright Poetry Prize, along with collections by Bella Li and Judy Johnson. The award was won by Susan Fealy. All up, works by four marvellous poets. redactor, along with Cassie Lewis’s ‘The Blue Decodes’ (Grand Parade Poets), is also warmly reviewed by Joan Fleming in the latest issue of Australian Book Review.

meteorites-cover-high-resAnd Meteorites by Carmen Leigh Keates is one of five collections to be shortlisted for the Judith Wright Calanthe Award, part of the Queensland Literary Awards 2017.

Congratulations to both Eddie and Carmen!

You can purchase copies of Eddie’s and Carmen’s books from the Whitmore Press titles page.

WP poets at the Queensland Poetry Festival


Whitmore Press poets Carmen Leigh Keates and Andy Jackson are guests at the Queensland Poetry Festival, currently being held at the Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Fortitude Valley.

Along with a host of stellar Australian and international poets, Carmen and Andy feature in the multitude of readings, discussion panels, book launches and workshops on offer at the festival. Other guests include Ali Cobby Eckermann, Stuart Barnes, Bronwyn Lea, Eileen Chong, Kit Kelen, Bella Li and David Musgrave, among many other talented poets.

Andy Jackson - Copy (2)Full guest list and program are available on the Queensland Poetry Festival website.