Guide to the Papers of Lauren Williams [MSS 159]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Lauren Williams
Manuscript Number MSS 159
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 14 cm (1 box)
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract The papers include correspondence, manuscript and typescript poetry drafts and proofs.

Scope and Content

The papers include correspondence, manuscript and typescript poetry drafts and proofs for The sad anthropologist, published by Five Islands Press, Wollongong, N.S.W., 1993 and Live sentences, Myron Lysenko ... [et al.], published by Penguin Books Australia, Ringwood, Vic., 1991.

Date Range of Content



The collection has been arranged in box then folder order.

Biographical Note

Lauren Williams grew up in Melbourne, Victoria, attending Mt. Waverly High School. She became known as a performance poet in the late 1970's. In 1995 she was invited to read at the 5th Festival Internacional de Poesía en Medellín, Colombia. This inspired her to undertake a degree in Spanish language at La Trobe university. She has since read her own translations of her work in Madrid, Barcelona, Costa Rica, and Medellín, where she returned in 2002. Williams has been the poet-in-residence on Radio National's Arts Today program, and co-convenes the La Mama Poetica readings in Carlton, Melbourne, Victoria.

Williams was awarded:
Australia Council, New Work Grant, 2002
Launceston Poetry Cup, 1993: winner for 'One dick poem too many' FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award, 1991: second for Driven to talk to strangers.

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Administrative Information


The collection is available for research.

Restrictions on Use

No copying is permitted without the permission of the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Papers of Lauren Williams, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, MSS 159, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired from Lauren Williams in two instalments in 1992 and 1995.

Access Terms

Personal Names

Williams, Lauren, 1958- -- Archives.

Topical Subjects

Poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.

Australian poetry -- 20th century.

Women poets, Australian -- 20th century -- Archives.



Container List

Box 1

Folder 1
Manuscript and annotated typescript drafts of 119 poems, arranged in alphabetical order by Williams, together with a typescript list of titles, 1975-1991

Folder 2
'Driven to talk to strangers', published in Live sentences, 1990

Corrected manuscript
Author's galley proofs

Folder 3
The sad anthropologist. Was originally to be published as 'Earshot' by Pi O; retitled 'Night train', 1992

'Earshot' - annotated typescript, carbon and photocopy typescript drafts arranged in alphabetical order by Williams and annotated by Pi O

Folder 4
The sad anthropologist, 1992

'Earshot' - annotated typescript drafts and correspondence with Peter Oustabasidis (Pi O), regarding various versions of contents lists

Folder 5
The sad anthropologist, 1992

'Night train' - photocopy typescript drafts

Folder 6
The sad anthropologist, 1993

'Night train' - correspondence from Ron Pretty Editor, Five Island Press, corrected manuscript, various drafts of contents pages, back cover blurb and front cover

Folder 7
The sad anthropologist, 1993

Page proofs