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Papers of Peter Porter, circa 1947-2010 [manuscript]
Bib ID 662478
Format ManuscriptManuscript, OnlineOnline
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Porter, Peter, 1929-2010
 
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Access Conditions Part available for research; part requires permission for research. Not for loan. 
Description [ca. 1947-2010] 
26.61 m. (111 large archives boxes) + 3 archives boxes + 13 boxes + 1 large folio box + 1 folio item + 1 packet + 32 sound/audio visual carriers + 10 digital carriers. 
Summary

MS 6640 comprises correspondence, notebooks, manuscript and typescript drafts, proofs and an interview transcript (5 boxes, 1 folio item).

The Acc10.123 instalment comprises original documents, comprising letters addressed to Peter Porter and a listing of items from his archive. The correspondence relates to the disposal of Porter's personal archive and to a conference, Manuscripts matter: collecting modern literary archives, which was held at the British Library in 2006 and at which Porter was a member of an Authors' Panel (1 packet).

The Acc13.092 instalment includes diaries, notebooks and other manuscripts, reviews by Porter and of his work, publications by others, photographs and royalty statements. Correspondence circa 1947-2010 comprises the largest portion of the papers (58 boxes). The numerous correspondents include Don Banks, Julian Barnes, Bruce Beaver, Bruce Bennett, Roger and Trish Covell, Peter Craven, Luke Davies, Morag Fraser, Dennis Haskell, Shirley Hazzard, Jack Hibberd, Liu Hongbin, Barry Humphries, Clive James, John Kinsella, David Malouf, Les Murray, Jill Neville, Ros Pesman, Barrett Reid, Peter Rose, Gig Ryan, Jacky Simms, Tom Shapcott, Anthony Thwaite, John Tranter, Chris Wallace-Crabbe and Elizabeth Webby (111 large archives boxes + 3 archives boxes + 3 boxes)

The Acc16.045 instalment includes correspondence, Porter's writing on music including many drafts, published music that Porter wrote poetry for; manuscript and published music scores, notes and notebooks containing manuscript poetry, and a small amount of recorded music (5 boxes, 1 large folio box).

Biography/History

Peter Neville Frederick Porter was a Brisbane-born poet and writer. In 1951 he moved permanently to England where he worked as a bookseller, journalist, clerk, advertising copywriter and freelance writer reviewing for journals including the New statesman, London magazine, The observer, Times literary supplement, Encounter and the New review. Porter was the author of numerous volumes of poetry and three radio plays, broadcast by the BBC. He was writer-in-residence at Sydney University in 1975 and at New England University in 1977. Most of Porter's work was published in England. In 1990 Porter won the Australian Literary Society gold medal. In 2004 he was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to literature as a poet, reviewer, broadcaster and essayist. Porter died in London in April 2010.

Notes

Manuscript reference no.: MS 6640, MS Acc10.123, MS Acc13.092, MS Acc16.045.

Also available online https://nla.gov.au/nla.obj-483093458

Related Material Conversation with Peter Porter; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 1/486.  Peter Porter interviewed by Peter Spearritt for the Australia 1938 oral history project; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 2404/4032.  Interview with Peter Porter, poet; Located at; National Library of Australia Oral History collection ORAL TRC 4747. 
Subjects Porter, Peter, 1929-2010 -- Archives.  |  Porter, Peter, 1929-2010 -- Correspondence.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.  |  Authors, Australian -- 20th century -- Correspondence.  |  Australian literature -- 20th century.
Time Coverage 1947-2010 
Occupation Poets.  |  Authors.
Terms of Use Copying of Peter Porter's copyright material permitted for research purposes. 
Exhibited Selected items exhibited: "Treasures Gallery", National Library of Australia, 6 May 2013 - 15 September 2013. 

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