Ron Pretty


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For information on the recently announced Ron Pretty Poetry Prize – visit our friends over at Five Island Press



PSP_CP_cover_hires no shadowCreating Poetry is a book about how to write poetry, written by one of Australia’s best loved poets.

A textbook, certainly, but so much more.  Full of advice, wisdom, good humour and wry warnings of beginners’ mistakes.  And full of poetry – excerpts and examples of work from the very best Australian and global poets, including many writing now.

All you need to write a poem is a pencil, a piece of paper, and an idea.  The result may a fine piece of work, or a sad embarrassment.

Ron Pretty’s Creating Poetry will help you transform that bad poem into something to be proud of.   From simple exercises for the beginner, through to the complexities of the sonnet form, the villanelle, or the enjambments of modern verse.

Creating Poetry first appeared in 1987, with a revised edition in 2001. For decades it was used in workshops and masterclasses across the land.  Then the book became hard to find.  Aspiring poets have been chasing down battered copies in second hand bookshops.

For 2015 the book has been completely rewritten, with new examples and nearly thirty years of additional experience and guile.   Now, once again, every poetry lover, every aspiring poet can keep a copy of this classic handbook on their writing desk or bedside table.

Ron Pretty. Creating Poetry
Ron Pretty. Creating Poetry

Third edition 2015
ISBN 978-1-922080-56-1
180 pages. 153 x 229 mm.

Price: A$32.00

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130713 WAK Cover Shadowed SquareOver the last 35 years much of Ron Pretty’s inexhaustible energies and formidable intellectual vigour have been devoted to poetry publishing and poetry policy at a national and international level. Now a richly deserved grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council has provided him with a respite: six months at the Whiting Studio in Rome to rest, walk, eat, think and write. The result is What the Afternoon Knows: reflections on life, poetry, family, the world and the nature of things.

Launched on Friday 12th July by Michael Sharkey at the Southern Highlands Writers Festival

Launched by Les Wicks (in absentia) at Gleebooks, Thursday August 15th


… or just buy it on line now…


What the Afternoon Knows by Ron Pretty
What the Afternoon Knows by Ron Pretty

One of Australia’s best-loved poets offers readers a rich palimpsest of a life lived in poetry.

Price: A$25.00

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Three poems from What the Afternoon Knows


Four Hands

August 6

A Flicker of Eyelids




About the Author

Ron in Tasmania


Ron Pretty has been a leading figure in the Australian poetry scene for decades. During the twenty year period he ran Five Islands Press he published 230 books of poetry and mentored an entire generation of the best Australian poets.

For a number of years he edited the magazines Scarp:New Arts and Writing and Blue Dog:Australian Poetry. He has taught writing in the Universities of Wollongong and Melbourne as well as in schools, colleges and a broad variety of community organisations.

Ron Pretty was instrumental in establishing the Poetry Australia Foundation which has now become the national peak body Australian Poetry. He was awarded the NSW Premier’s Award for Poetry and an AM for services to Australian literature.

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