Guide to the Papers of Mal Morgan [MSS 197]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Mal Morgan
Manuscript Number MSS 197
Last Updated August 2021
Extent 1 box + 2 oversize + 1 AV box
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra

Correspondence, poetry, newsletters, newspaper clippings, manuscripts, AV material and miscellaneous

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

This collection relates to Mal Morgan and includes correspondence, poetry, newsletters, newspaper clippings, audio-cassettes, posters, manuscripts and miscellaneous

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Emigrating from London after the Second World War, Mal Morgan qualified as a pharmacist in 1959. He convened Melbourne's La Mama Poetica poetry readings in Carlton (1985-1991) and directed the Montsalvat National Poetry Festivals at Eltham, Victoria (1991-1993). He judged, edited and taught poetry for nearly forty years.

Reference: Austlit-


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 If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items.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collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright.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

Preferred Citation 

Papers of Mal Morgan, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 197, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The collection was acquired by the Academy Library in 1990


Subject Keywords 




Personal Names

Mal Morgan, 1935-1999

Corporate Names

La Mama Poetica

Montsalvat National Poetry Festival


Poet, writer


Container List 


Box 1 

Correspondence (1974-1990), poetry, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photos, typescripts, and miscellaneous

Folder 1 

Correspondence (1974-1990), with poetry, newsletters, newspaper clippings, photos and miscellaneous

Folder 2

Leaflet on the Russian poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko, with notes and poetry

Original drawings: La Mama Poetica, with photograph

Material for Parachute Poems

Typescript with drawings of Poemstones

Folder 3

Typescripts of Statues don’t bleed and A handshake with the moon




5 audio-cassettes:

AV1.1 - “People in the Arts. Mal Morgan & John Hanrahan. Broadcast on 3 RMT FM 102.7 MHz (Mono). 1977”

AV1.2 – “Wildgrass reading. Mal – John – Simon. 1/11/84”

AV1.3 – “Open Door Journal. Vol. 5. Songs + Stores. 18/10/84”

AV1.4 – “Poets against the bicentenary”. 22/11/87

AV1.5 – “Mal’s poetry (Jewish democrats) 3CR 4/4/88 @11am read by Jacqueline Langley”



Oversize 1

La Mama Poetica (anthology of poems) - Galley Proofs, 1989

Oversize 2

Collection of posters (La Mama Poetica events, Montsalvat, festivals, book launches)