AustLit logo
Peter Kirkpatrick Peter Kirkpatrick i(A1431 works by) (a.k.a. Peter John Kirkpatrick)
Born: Established: 1955 Marrickville, Marrickville - Camperdown area, Sydney Southern Suburbs, Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.


Peter Kirkpatrick studied at the universities of New South Wales and Sydney. In 1988 his PhD thesis on Sydney literary life in the 1920s was awarded the Australian Academy of the Humanities/Esso Bicentennnial prize for Cultural History.

Kirkpatrick's publications include numerous articles in the area of cultural history and literary criticism. His prize-winning book The Sea Coast of Bohemia: Literary Life in Sydney's Roaring Twenties, was published in 1992. Other publications include his poetry collection Wish you Were Here (1996), The Queen of Bohemia: The Autobiography of Dulcie Deamer (1998) and, with Jill Dimond, Literary Sydney: A Walking Guide (2000).

Peter Kirkpatrick has taught at Sydney University, Ballarat College of Advanced Education and the University of Western Sydney.

In 2017, Kirkpatrick published a lengthy overview of Australian poetry from the 1940s to the 1960s in the online Oxford Research Encyclopedia: the entry is available here.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 shortlisted The Newcastle Poetry Prize for 'Australian Gothic'

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Westering Glebe : Puncher and Wattmann , 2006 Z1225399 2006 selected work poetry (taught in 1 units) Westering is a dazzling collection. It displays a range of allusiveness, wisdom and technical skill amounting to virtuosity that calls for the right use of superlatives. Kirkpatrick endlessly surprises with profound observations enlivened with urbane and playful wit. The book is like the pleasure of intelligent conversation with a splendid host. The longer poems showcase an expansive and intricate mind; the shorter lyrics make a striking concert that will echo.
2008 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry
Westering i "Speeding west, time lies flattened like the road,", 2002-2003 single work poetry
— Appears in: Five Bells , Summer vol. 10 no. 1 2002-2003; (p. 29) The Broadway Poetry Prize 2002 2003; (p. 14-15) Australian Gothic and Other Poems 2012; (p. 14-16)
2002 runner-up The Broadway Poetry Prize
Last amended 9 Nov 2017 07:33:23
Other mentions of "" in AustLit: