Guide to the Records of the Friendly Street Poets [MSS 061]

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Manuscript Name Records of the Friendly Street Poets
Manuscript Number MSS 061
Last Updated June 2022
Extent 1 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Organisational papers of a literary group, consisting of correspondence, reviews, news clippings.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of the organisational papers of the Friendly Street Poets, created principally during the 1980s, but including some material from 1978-9. The material consists of Reviews of the Friendly Street Readers, as well as correspondence and grant applications. The collection also includes some news clippings.

Date Range of Content

1978 - 1988

Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Friendly Street Poets are a poetry reading group and publisher in Adelaide. Founded in 1975 by Richard Tipping, Andrew Taylor and Ian Reid, it developed into a monthly event and is still running in 2019. It regularly publishes anthologies of its members’ poetry, and starting in 1995 began publishing volumes by individual poets.

Significant poets associated with the Friendly Street Poets include Graham Rowlands, Kevin Pearson, Jenny Boult, Jeff Guess, Kate Llewellyn, and Jan Owen.

Organisation record, Friendly Street Poets, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from 17/01/2019].

Friendly Street Poets. (2019). About. Retrieved from, 17/02/2019


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: The collection is closed.

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

Copying: No copying is approved. 

Preferred Citation

Records of the Friendly Street Poets, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 061, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Graham Rowlands, acting for the Friendly Street Poets, in one consignment.


Additional Information


Related Material

The Academy Library holds the material of a number of poets associated with the Friendly Street Poets:

  • Papers of Graham Rowlands at MSS 17
  • Papers of Kate Llewellyn at MSS 29
  • Papers of Jenny Boult at MSS 30
  • Papers of Kevin Pearson at MSS 33
  • Papers of Jeff Guess at MSS 86
  • Papers of Jan Owen at MSS 92
  • Papers of Richard Tipping at MSS 212

Subject Keywords


Australian poetry, poets, Australian poets, 20th century poetry.

Corporate Names

Friendly Street Poets


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Reviews of Friendly Street Readers, 1978-1985.
Newspaper clippings.

Folder 2 
Reviews of Friendly Street Readers, 1981-1984.
Publicity material.
Newspaper clippings.
Correspondence, 1982-83.

Folder 3 
Reviews of Friendly Street Readers, 1982-1984.
Newspaper clippings.

Folder 4 
Correspondence with the Australia Council Literature Board, 1985-88
Includes applications for grants.

Folder 5 
Correspondence with the Australia Council Literature Board and the SA Department of the Arts, 1981-1984
Includes applications for grants.