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John Kinsella


John Kinsella is the multi-award-winning author of more than fifty books in various genres.  He is an Extraordinary Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University, and was appointed the Richard L Thomas Professor of Creative Writing at Kenyon College in the United States for 2001, where he became Professor of English. He is now a Professorial Research Fellow at the University of Western Australia, and Professor of Sustainability and Literature at Curtin University. His work has been translated into many languages, including French, German, Chinese, Dutch, Spanish, and Russian.    

Peripheral Light

Published 2003  Fremantle Press, Australia

Published 2004  WW Norton, USA

‘We are poised before the onset of what I prophesy will be a major art’  Harold Bloom


Published 2014  Fremantle Press, Australia


Published 2014  Picador, UK


This new collection from John Kinsella takes its title from a poem of the same name. In the metaphor of the sack tumbling downstream with its cargo of drowned kittens lie layers of use, meaning and representation: love, cruelty, the pastoral, colonisation, landscape and identity. The poems are rich with intimate detail and Kinsella’s often discomfiting insight.  Sack will be published simultaneously in the UK by Picador.


Published 2011  Picador, UK

Armour is a beautifully various work, one of the sharp ecological and social critique - but also one of tmeticulous invocaton and quiet astonishment, whose atmosphere will haunt the reader long after the book is closed.

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