Guide to the Papers of Kevin Pearson [MSS 033]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Kevin Pearson
Manuscript Number MSS 033
Last Updated June 2021
Extent 6 boxes + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Literary papers, including drafts of poems, working notes, notebooks. Also includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

A collection of literary papers of Kevin (K.F.) Pearson, mostly from the 1980s with the earliest material dated 1976. The collection mostly consists of working material including drafts of poetry, notebooks, working notes, readers’ reports. There is also literary correspondence, news clippings and articles, as well as photographs.

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Kevin Pearson is an Australian poet and publisher, who writes as K.F. Pearson. He has been active in the Australian poetry scenes in Victoria and South Australia since the 1970s. He served as Secretary of the South Australian Poets Union and has been active with the Adelaide-based Friendly Street Poets. In late 1994, he founded Black Pepper Publishing with Gail Hannah.

His books include Messages of Things (1984), A History of Colour (1992), Melbourne Elegies (1999). Together with Christine Churches, he edited The Orange Tree: South Australian Poetry to the Present Day (1986).


Author record, K.F. Pearson, AustLit (, St Lucia: The University of Queensland, 2002-. Retrieved from, 31 January 2019

Black Pepper Publishing. (c2018). K.F. Pearson. Retrieved from:, 31 January 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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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 for private study and research is approved

Preferred Citation

Papers of Kevin Pearson, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 33, Box [Number], Folder [Number]


The collection was acquired from Kevin Pearson in seven consignments, 1987-1993


Additional Information

Related Material

Special Collections holds the material of the Friendly Street Poets at MSS 61 and Tess Brady at MSS 320

Subject Keywords


Australian poets, Australian publishers, Australian poetry - 20th century

Personal Names

K.F. Pearson 1946-

Corporate Names

Black Pepper Publishing


Poets, publishers


Container List

Box 1

Folder 1 
Message of Things

Folder 2
Message of Things - two copies

Folder 3 
‘Popeye’ - poetry readings
Includes photograph and negative

Folder 4 

Folder 5 
The Orange Three - correspondence and working notes

Folder 6 

Box 2

Folder 7 
‘Pacific’ diary

Folder 8
‘Pacific’ correspondence

Folder 9
‘Makus Choice’.
Text of ‘Kids’ Poems’.
Draft of ABC Radio programme

Folder 10 
‘The Double World’ - drafts and correspondence

Folder 11 
Arts Council Report / Monuments booklet

Folder 12 
Message of Things - drafts of poetry and sequences

Folder 13
Readers’ reports and literary correspondence

Box 3

Folder 14
Literary correspondence

Folder 15
The History of Colour - final draft

Folder 16
The History of Colour - working drafts

Folder 17
Articles, speeches

Folder 18
Early ‘Apprentice’ work

Folder 19
Correspondence to and from John Batrouney

Folder 20
Poetry - John Batrouney

Folder 21
Correspondence, poetry
Dvino Elegies

Folder 22


Box 4

Folder 23
Articles, reviews and literary correspondence

Folder 24
The History of Colour - drafts of poetry
Literary diary / notebook - November 1988 - December 1989

Box 5

Folder 25
‘Mentions in Despatches’ - clippings, correspondence

Folder 26
‘Mentions in Despatches’ -correspondence

Folder 27
History of Colour - ABC Radio Poetry by K.F. Pearson - scripts, draft

Clipping - Arthur Boyd’s sculpture at Carrick Hill, South Australia

‘Local Writers Arrive in Force’ - article for The Advertiser

Kurt van Trojan : profile, clippings, handwritten notes

Questionnaires for authors:
Jan Jarrold Owen ‘The Inner Courtyard’ - introduction (photocopy); ‘The Progress of Moonlight’ - author biography; ‘Rites of Arrival’ - forward (Peter Cahalan); handwritten notes

Folder 28
‘Arrival in a Prospect of Flamingoes’ - poetry drafts, notes

Folder 29
‘Animal Dreaming’ poetry, miscellanea

Folder 30
A History of Colour - drafts - final manuscript

Folder 31
‘Love Poems’ - drafts

Folder 32
‘Love Poems’ - drafts, notebook, diary

Box 6

Folder 33
Correspondence - 1992-1993

Folder 34
Correspondence, poetry - 1992-1993

Folder 35
Correspondence, poetry, ‘News from the Mountain’ (accompanying text to Andrew Steel’s ‘Opus Alchemicum’), notes - 1992-1993

Folder 36
‘Animal Dreaming’, edited by K.F. Pearson with monoprints by Peter McLachlan

Folder 37
Poetry, notes.
‘Melbourne Elegies’ - an adaption of Goethe’s Romische Elegien

Folder 38 - 40
Poetry, notes


Audiovisual material

AV Box 1

AV 1.1
Photo album
Photographs taken at the Friendly Street Poetry readings by Penny Ramsay, 1976:

Kirpal Singh; Gail Mahan; Steve Evans; Anna Gibbs; Robert Duncan; Andrew Taylor; Beate Josephi; Heather Cam; Photo used on cover of first Reader; Bill Beard; Grishka van Ree; John Bray; Richard Tipping; Ian Reid; Stephen Measday; Deborah Thomas; Barry Westburg; Robert Clark; Peter Goldsworthy; Ian Reid; Chris Barnett; Adrian Smith.