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Papers of Anthony Lawrence, circa 1970-2006 [manuscript]
Bib ID 1503357
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Lawrence, Anthony, 1957-
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Access Conditions Available for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1970-2006] 
3.86 m. (16 boxes) + 2 fol. boxes + 2 cartons. 

As well as personal letters, this collection contains notes from editors and publishers, including Judith Rodriguez, Heather Cam, Barry Oakley, Ron Simpson, Paul Hetherington, Philip Mead, Paul Kavanagh, Michael Dargaville and David Reiter. Also included are readers' reports on manuscripts of Lawrence's published books by Les Murray, Heather Cam and Judith Rodriguez and applications to and letters from the Literature Board of the Australia Council.

The papers cover Lawrence's writing career from the publication of his first book of poems in 1989 to his seventh book, a novel, published in 2000. The bulk of the collection comprises drafts of Lawrence's poetry. The drafts provide an insight into his creative processes, documenting the various stages the poems go through as they are written and rewritten. There are also working notes and drafts of Lawrence's play "The boneyard", and his first novel, In the half light (2000). Eight large scrapbooks covering the period 1979-2000 document Lawrence's career. The scrapbooks contain correspondence, newspaper articles relating to Lawrence, reviews of his work, cuttings of poems appearing in publications, publicity material, photographs, invitations, programs and flyers.

The Acc06/30 instalment comprises handwritten drafts of poems from, The sleep of a learning man (2003) and The welfare of my enemy; drafts on novels, including In the half light (2000) and The night horse; draft of screen play, Blood oath; reviews and literary awards and three scrapbooks of newspapers cuttings, reviews, correspondence, photographs and awards.


Poet and author. Anthony Lawrence was born in Tamworth, New South Wales, in 1957. He has worked as a landscape gardener, fisherman, jackeroo, truck driver and teacher at both primary and secondary school. Lawrence has published several books of poetry and one novel. His collections of poetry include, Dreaming in stone (1989), Three days out of tidal town (1992), The viewfinder (1996), Skinned by light: poems 1989-2002 (2002), and, Bark (2008). He has won a number of awards for his poetry including the inaugural Judith Wright Calanthe Award (Queensland Premier's Poetry Prize), the Harri Jones Memorial Award, the Gwen Harwood Memorial Prize, the Newcastle Poetry Prize, the New South Wales Premier's Awards - Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and the Josephine Ulrick Poetry Prize. Lawrence has also been the recipient of several Literature Board Grants, including a six-month residency at the B.R. Whiting Library, Rome, in 1993.


Manuscript reference no.: MS 9192, MS Acc06/30.

Index/Finding Aid Note Finding aid available in the Special Collections Reading Room and on the Internet at:  Descriptive list available for Acc06/30 in Box 1 (draft). 
Subjects Lawrence, Anthony, 1957- -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.
Time Coverage 1970-2006 
Occupation Authors.  |  Poets.


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