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, Lyn Hatherly, Katia Ariel, Eddie Paterson, Michael McKay and Bella Li, and graphic designer Libby Austen.


‘This Intimate War’ interview with Robyn Rowland will air on ‘Earshot’ (Radio National) tomorrow Don't forget, you heard it here first! Seriously, you can listen to the show via...
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Ouyang Yu’s ‘Fainting with Freedom’ features on three ‘Best of 2015′ lists It is with great pride that we see Ouyang Yu's superb collection Fainting with F...
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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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Jennifer Compton

Jennifer Compton was born in New Zealand in 1949, and emigrated to Australia in 1972 with her husband, Matthew O’Sullivan. They now live in the bayside suburb of Carrum in Melbourne, close to their daughter and grandson. Their son lives in Sydney. Jennifer is a poet and playwright who also writes prose. She has recently realised that she is running out of time to write for film and may never get around to it. But her essays, short sto...

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Anne Elvey

Anne Elvey

Anne Elvey is author of three poetry chapbooks: Stolen Heath (MPU, 2009), Claimed by Country (PressPress, 2010) and Bent toward the thing (Rosslyn Avenue, 2012) and managing editor of a new online journal Plumwood Mountain: An Australian Journal of Ecopoetry and Ecopoetics. She is a chapbook editor and committee member of Melbourne Poets Union. Her poems have been shortlisted in the Peter Porter...

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Michelle Leber

Michelle Leber was born in Melbourne and raised by Slovenian emigrants. Since she completed her training in Chinese Medicine in the early 1990s, her clinical skills have been sought by universities, colleges and community-based welfare agencies. In more recent years, she has concurrently been writing poetry. Her poems have been commended in the Rosemary Dobson Award (2010) and highly commended in the Val Vallis Award (2011); a poem d...

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Dr Robyn Rowland AO

Robyn Rowland

Robyn Rowland has twelve books, nine of poetry. Seasons of doubt & burning: New & Selected Poems (Five Islands Press, Melbourne, 2010) represented 40 years of work.  Her poetry appears in national and international journals and in thirty-six anthologies, including six Best Australian Poems: 2014, 2013, 2010, 2009, 2005 and 2004 (Black Inc), with editors Les Murray, Robert Adamson, Lisa Gorton and Geof...

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Susan Bradley Smith

Susan Bradley Smith was born in Bega, Australia, in 1963 and moved all over New South Wales as a child. She began her professional life as an Arts journalist in London, later working at universities in the UK and Australia, and is currently an Honorary Research Associate in English at La Trobe University. An award-winning writer, recent publications include Friday Forever, the writing ...

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