Five Islands Press was established in 1986 and is dedicated to the publication of fine Australian poetry. A new chapter in the history of FIP is now under way with a publishing team composed of Kevin Brophy, Katia Ariel, Eddie Paterson and Bella Li, and graphic designer Libby Austen.


Louise Nicholas’s ‘The List of Last Remaining’ reviewed by Niloofar Fanaiyan 'The List of Last Remaining by Louise Nicholas is a collection full of depth and...
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John Kinsella’s ‘Graphology Poems’ reviewed by Cassandra Atherton and Paul Hetherington 'Kinsella’s concerns are also about marshalling a sense of the world’s never...
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Gayelene Carbis

Gayelene Carbis is an award-winning writer of poetry, prose and plays, whose work has been widely performed and published in Australia and overseas. Gayelene was recently shortlisted for the Montreal International Poetry Prize, Fish Poetry Prize (Ireland); work & tumble Chapbook Prize; Adrien Abbott, Martha Richardson and Melbourne Poets’ Union International Poetry Prizes. In 2012, Gayelene was awarded a Poetry Scholarshi...

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Heather Taylor Johnson

Heather moved from the US in 1999 to begin a post-graduate degree in Creative Writing from the University of Adelaide, where she received her PhD. She now works as a full-time writer near the Port. Her upcoming books are the novel Jean Harley was Here (UQP 2017) and the anthology Shaping the Fractured Self: Poetry of Chronic Illness and Pain (UWAP 2017), which she edited. She is also the poetry editor for Transnati...

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Stuart Cooke

Stuart was born in Sydney in 1980, and grew up there and in Hobart. He travels often, particularly in Latin America, where he has lived for a number of years. Widely published as a poet, critic and translator, he now lives on the Gold Coast and lectures at Griffith University. Opera is his second book of poems.



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John Kinsella

John Kinsella is the author of many books of poetry, fiction, criticism and plays. He is a frequent collaborator with other poets, critics, fictionalists, artists, musicians, labourers, activists and friends. Recent fiction includes In the Shade of the Shady Tree (Ohio University Press, 2012), Tide (Transit Lounge, 2013), and Crow’s Breath (Transit Lounge, 2015); recent poetry includes Jam Tree GullyRead more

Louise Nicholas

Louise Nicholas

Louise Nicholas was born in Port Lincoln, South Australia and currently lives in Adelaide. She was a teacher for many years and still teaches part time as a relief teacher. A collection of her poetry, The Red Shoes, was published by Wakefield Press and Friendly Street Poets as part of their ‘New Poets’ series. She was co-author, with Jude Aquilina, of WomanSpeak, also published by Wakefield Press. A chapbook, Read more


Frank Russo

Frank Russo was born in Adelaide in 1972 and lives in Sydney. He studied Arts and Law at the University of Adelaide and a Masters in Writing at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is completing a doctorate at the University of Sydney. His writing has appeared in Southerly, Contrappasso, Cactus Heart, Transnational Literature, Weekend Australian, broadcast on ABC FM and Writers Radio and ...

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Ouyang Yu

Ouyang Yu came to Australia at the age of 35. He has since published 75 books of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, literary translation and criticism in English and Chinese, including his award-winning novel, The Eastern Slope Chronicle (2002); his collection of English poetry, The Kingsbury Tales (2008); his collection of Chinese poetry, Poemnonpoem (2011); his book of creative non-fiction, On the Smell of an...

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rob walker

Adelaide-born rob walker has has taught Performing Arts to South Australian primary students and English to high school and adult students in Japan. He has published three collections: sparrow in an airport, New Poets Ten (Wakefield Press), micromacro, (Seaview Press) and phobiaphobia (Picaro Press) and has co-edited THIRTY, a Friendly Street Poets Anthology (Wakefield Press). He has also pub...

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