In 1968 the University of Queensland Press published its first books of poetry – Roger McDonald’s Citizens of Mist and the anthology New Impulses in Australian Poetry. Within two years – at the suggestion of UQ alumnus David Malouf – the Press began its landmark Paperback Poets series. A fiction list, and an Asian and Pacific Writing series, soon followed. This lecture will explore the cultural context, campus dynamics and visionary individuals behind an unlikely literary revolution that began half a century ago at St Lucia.

Craig Munro is an award-winning biographer and the author of Wild Man of Letters, Under Cover, and Literary Lion Tamers. He edited UQP: The Writer’s Press and co-edited Paper Empires: a history of the book in Australia 1946–2005. Craig was UQP fiction editor from 1973 to 1980, and publishing manager from 1983 to 2000.

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