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, Michael McKay and Bella Li, and graphic designer Libby Austen.


Ouyang Yu’s ‘Fainting with Freedom’ reviewed by Tse Hao Guang "Ouyang Yu’s Fainting with Freedom is soap-bubble language. It lives halfway b...
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In Memoriam: Lyn Hatherly (1945–2016) Five Islands Press wishes to acknowledge an immense debt to Lyn Hatherly: a poet...
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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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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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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

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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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