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Papers of Peter Kocan, 1966-1999 [manuscript]
Bib ID 2854233
Format ManuscriptManuscript
Author
Kocan, Peter, 1947-
 
Access Conditions Restricted until access determined. 
Description 1966-1999 
14 cm. (1 box) 
Summary

The collection comprises correspondence, manuscript and typescript drafts of poetry and prose, newspaper cuttings of articles and reviews, medical reports and notes. The material was compiled by Dr William Lucas, a consultant psychiatrist who treated Kocan at Morisset Hospital from 1969 until his release. As well as correspondence between Kocan and Dr Lucas, the collection includes letters of Dr Oliver Briscoe (Kocan's first psychiatrist at Morisset Hospital) and other medical and custodial officials. There are also two issues of 'Topica', August 1967 and April 1968, and a Morisset Hospital literary magazine which was edited by Kocan.

Biography/History

Peter Kocan was born in Newcastle, NSW, and grew up in Melbourne, Vic. He was sentenced to life imprisonment in 1966 following an attempted assassination of Arthur Calwell. Kocan was incarcerated for the next 10 years, first in prison and then in Morisset Hospital. During this time he began writing poetry, publishing his first anthology, The other side of the fence, in 1975. He has since published poetry and prose, including several plays, as well as working in amateur theatre as an actor and producer. In 1982, Kocan won the Mattara Poetry Prize for 'From the private poems of Governor Caulfield', and in 1983 he received the NSW Premier's Literary Award for The cure (1983), a semi-fictional novel based on his prison experiences. He graduated from the University of Newcastle in 1998 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours).

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 9613

Subjects Kocan, Peter Raymond, 1947- -- Archives.  |  Lucas, William Doctor -- Correspondence.  |  Dramatists, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Prisoners' writings, Australian -- New South Wales.
Occupation Prisoners.  |  Poets.  |  Authors.

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