Guide to the Papers of Alan Wearne [MSS 334]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Alan Wearne
Manuscript Number MSS 334
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including notes on Nightmarkets, relating to the stage adaption by Monash University Student Theatre, 1994.

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Alan Wearne. The collection consists largely of material relating to the stage adaption of Wearne’s verse novel Nightmarkets (1986). This adaption was developed by James Lawson and the Students of Monash University Student Theatre in 1994. There are also notes with other dates and photocopies of news clippings from the 1970s, although the actual date of creation is not clear.

Date Range of Content

1990s, with some notes and news clippings dated 1970s.

Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Alan Wearne is an Australian poet and writer. He was born and educated in Melbourne and considers himself a Melbourne poet ‘living in exile’ while based outside his home city. He has been involved in the Australian poetry scene since the 1960s and has won a number of awards for his writing, including the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 2008 for The Australian Popular Songbook.

One of his better known works is the verse novel The Nightmarkets (1986), which won the Australian Literary Studies Gold Medal and National Book Council Award for Australian Literature. Wearne followed with another verse novel, The Lovemakers: Book One, in 2001. This won the Arts Queensland Judith Wright Calanthe Prize for Poetry, the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry and 2002 Book of the Year at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards.

Until late 2016, Wearne was Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Wollongong, and also taught at Curtin University.


Author record, Alan Wearne, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. [Retrieved from, 29/01/2019.]

University of Wollongong. (2016). Alan Wearne. Retrieved from:, 29/01/2019.


Administrative Information

Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Open Access

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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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: Copying of material authored by Alan Wearne for private study and research is approved.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Alan Wearne, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 334, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Alan Wearne in 1995.

Subject Keywords


Australian poetry, poets, writers

Personal Names

Alan Wearne 1948-

Alan Richard Wearne

Walker Norris


Poet, writer


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Newspaper clippings
Photocopies of Australian newspaper articles, 1970-1979, with a few annotations.


Folder 2
Notebook, no date
Title: ‘Matrix Info etc’.


Folder 3 
Literary drafts, 1994

‘Nightmarkets Notes’;
James Lawson, ‘Nightmarkets: based on the Epic Verse Novel by Alan Wearne’, 1994, 29 pages;
James Lawson and developed with Students of Monash University Student Theatre, ‘Nightmarkets: based on the Novel by Alan Wearne’, 1994;


Folder 4 
Literary drafts, 1994

Act II’, pp. 30-56;
‘Act 2’ [Nightmarkets / The Nightmarkets];
‘Prologue Act 1 Beginning Act 2’ [Nightmarkets].


Folder 5 
Literary drafts, no date

‘Act 2’ [Nightmarkets / The Nightmarkets];
‘Prologue Act 1 Beginning Act 2’ [Nightmarkets];
Handwritten notes: organised into the following years - ‘1975’; ‘1978’; ‘1980’


Folder 6 
Miscellaneous, c.1994

Five fold-out handwritten notes on paper for play and character summaries;
Invitation to ‘Nightmarkets: A New Australian Play’, Union Theatre, Monash University, undated;
Photographs: [rehearsals or performance of Nightmarkets?], 10 May, 1994