Guide to the Papers of Keith Richards [MSS 315]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Keith Richards
Manuscript Number MSS 315
Last Updated October 2021
Extent 1 box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra

Unpublished manuscripts of radio plays

Collection Subject Type 


Scope and Content 

This collection contains 15 unpublished manuscripts of radio plays by 13 different writers. The manuscripts were used in the compilation of Keith Richards’ book Writing Radio Drama (1991).

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note 

Keith Richards worked as Senior Radio Producer, Audio Arts, for the ABC in Canberra (2CN) from 1970 to 1978. During that time, he was involved with programmes such as “Spotlight” (local), “Scope” (a national programme operating from Sydney), “Cinema in Canberra”, “Fact and Opinion”, “Capital Time” and “Contact”. After leaving Canberra, Richards continued radio work in Brisbane, then Adelaide, before retiring to Gatton, Queensland, in 1993.

A group of papers compiled by Richards was acquired by the National Library of Australia in 1990. They comprise unpublished manuscripts of radio plays by various authors which are referred to in Richards’ publication Writing radio drama. When writing this book, Richards was conscious of the difficulty of public access to radio drama scripts. He decided to lodge copies of sample scripts in state and university libraries, as well as the National Library.

ACT Heritage Library. HMSS 0004 Keith Richards Papers. [Retrieved 22/11/18]


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 for private study and research is approved. 

Preferred Citation

Papers of Keith Richards, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 315, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was donated by Keith Richards in 1990.


Subject Keywords 


Radio plays - Manuscripts

Personal Names

Keith Richards

Noni Braham Durack

Mike Giles

John Griffin

Mike Ladd

Ken Methold

Stephanie McCarthy

David McRobbie

Barry Oakley

Donovan O’Malley

Kevin J. Scully

Kurt von Trojan

Anthony Wheeler

F.J. Willett

Corporate Names

Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC)


Radio producer


Container List

Box 1 

Unpublished manuscripts of radio plays

Folder 1 

Copy of manuscript of ‘Forest of Night’ by Noni Braham Durack.

Folder 2 

Copy of manuscript of ‘The Return of Ida Mulloy’ by Mike Giles.

Folder 3

Copy of manuscript of ‘One Tango with Juan Peron’ by John Griffin.

Folder 4

Copy of Manuscripts of ‘The Bastille Variations’ and ‘Typeface’ by Mike Ladd.

Folder 5

Copy of manuscript of ‘All Our Realities’ by Ken Methold.

Folder 6

Copy of manuscript of ‘Out of Mind’ by Stephanie McCarthy.

Folder 7

Copy of manuscript of ‘The Beethoven Tapes’ by David McRobbie.

Folder 8 

Copy of manuscript of ‘The Feet of Daniel Mannix’ by Barry Oakley.

Folder 9

Copy of manuscripts of ‘They’re Playing My Song’ and ‘Young Eyes’ by Donovan O’Malley.

Folder 10

Copy of manuscript of ‘Verbal Assaults’ by Kevin J. Scully.

Folder 11

Copy of manuscript of ‘Mars in Scorpio’ by Kurt von Trojan.

Folder 12

Copy of manuscript of ‘Olive’ by Anthony Wheeler.

Folder 13

Copy of manuscript of ‘Macker’s Reef’ by F.J. Willett.