Peter Porter

A Poet's Archive: Peter Porter's Creative Legacy

Peter Porter is considered one of the greatest later twentieth century poets. Expatriate in London since 1951, his reputation was established by his inclusion in the 1961 second volume of the Penguin Modern Poets anthology series. His elegiac poetry following the sudden death in 1974 of his wife Jannice, has been compared to Hardy. Porter was awarded many honours, including the Queen’s Gold Medal for Poetry and the Gold Medal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature. In Britain he was considered an Australian poet, in Australia he was sometimes considered British, although he often returned for visits, and the series of radio dialogues with his fellow expatriate poet Clive James, was broadcast regularly on ABC radio.

The correspondence reveals Peter’s great encouragement and generosity towards many Australian poets - including Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Gig Ryan, Peter Goldsworthy, Craig Sherborne and Adrian Caesar, who will speak at the symposium. Peter’s widow Christine, and his daughters Katherine and Jane, will be present at the symposium, which will conclude with a moving tribute by his friend Clive James.

Supported by the Ray Mathew and Eva Kollsman Trust.

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