The papers in MS 5612 document Roger McDonald's activities as an editor, poet and novelist and his relations with publishers, film producers, the ABC and literary editors. The bulk of the collection comprises papers relating to most of McDonald's published works, dating from his first publication in 1968 up until 1994. Papers include research material, edited drafts, correspondence with editors and publishers and reviews he has written. They provide a good insight into the development of his published writings. During the course of his career, McDonald has corresponded with many other writers, including Murray Bail, Bruce Beaver, Bruce Dawe, Geoffrey Dutton, Gwen Harwood, Shirley Hazzard, David Malouf, Les Murray, Thomas Shapcott, R.A. Simpson and Judith Wright. Also included in the collection is research material for a number of McDonald's literary projects, business papers, papers relating to his work as literary editor for University of Queensland Press, photographs and newspaper clippings (67 boxes, 1 phase box, 1 fol. roll).
The Acc11.031 instalment comprises drafts and typescripts of screenplays, essays, blog entries, articles, stories and published and unpublished novels by McDonald, including Rough Wallaby, Naked, The lion ant, The tree in changing light, When colts ran, Mr Darwin's shooter, Australia's Flying Doctors, Family Radio, Australia's wild places, The bullock run, The slap, Evolution of a novel, The ballad of Desmond Kale, Goats, Orion's belt; copies of published articles and reviews by McDonald; articles and reviews by others of McDonald's works; letters from readers and other writers and artists; correspondence with editors; ephemera and photographs from literary events such as festivals and awards functions; publicity and marketing material for publications; and clippings (20 boxes, 2 fol. boxes).
Author, poet, screenplay writer, literary editor and literary reviewer. Hugh Roger McDonald worked as a teacher in New South Wales, a producer and director of schools' radio and television for the ABC and as poetry editor for University of Queensland Press in Brisbane, 1969-1976. In 1977, he took up full-time writing. McDonald has published a number of works in a variety of genres including both fiction and non-fiction, poetry and short stories, and has written scripts for television mini-series and documentaries.