Guide to the Papers of Kevin Pearson
|Manuscript Name||Papers of Kevin Pearson|
|Manuscript Number||MSS 33|
|Last Updated||August 2020|
|Extent||6 boxes + 1 AV box|
|Location||Special Collections, UNSW Canberra|
|Abstract||Literary papers, including drafts of poems, working notes, notebooks. Also includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings|
Collection Subject Type
Scope and Content
A collection of literary papers of Kevin (K.F.) Pearson, mostly from the 1980s with the earliest material dated 1976. The collection mostly consists of working material including drafts of poetry, notebooks, working notes, readers’ reports. There is also literary correspondence, news clippings and articles, as well as photographs.
Date Range of Content
Kevin Pearson is an Australian poet and publisher, who writes as K.F. Pearson. He has been active in the Australian poetry scenes in Victoria and South Australia since the 1970s. He served as Secretary of the South Australian Poets Union and has been active with the Adelaide-based Friendly Street Poets. In late 1994, he founded Black Pepper Publishing with Gail Hannah.
His books include Messages of Things (1984), A History of Colour (1992), Melbourne Elegies (1999). Together with Christine Churches, he edited The Orange Tree: South Australian Poetry to the Present Day (1986).
Black Pepper Publishing. (c2018). K.F. Pearson. Retrieved from: http://blackpepperpublishing.com/pearson.html, 31 January 2019
Access and Copying Conditions
Access: Open Access
This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy.
Copying: Copying of material for private study and research is approved
Papers of Kevin Pearson, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 33, Box [Number], Folder [Number]
The collection was acquired from Kevin Pearson in seven consignments, 1987-1993
Australian poets, Australian publishers, Australian poetry - 20th century
K.F. Pearson 1946-
Black Pepper Publishing
Message of Things.
Message of Things - two copies.
‘Popeye’ - poetry readings.
Includes photograph and negative.
The Orange Three - correspondence and working notes.
Text of ‘Kids’ Poems’.
Draft of ABC Radio programme.
‘The Double World’ - drafts and correspondence.
Arts Council Report / Monuments booklet.
Message of Things - drafts of poetry and sequences.
Readers’ reports and literary correspondence
The History of Colour - final draft.
The History of Colour - working drafts.
Early ‘Apprentice’ work.
Correspondence to and from John Batrouney.
Poetry - John Batrouney.
Articles, reviews and literary correspondence.
The History of Colour - drafts of poetry.
Literary diary / notebook - November, 1988 - December, 1989.
‘Mentions in Despatches’ - clippings, correspondence.
‘Mentions in Despatches’ -correspondence.
History of Colour - ABC Radio Poetry by K.F. Pearson - scripts, draft.
Clipping - Arthur Boyd’s sculpture at Carrick Hill, South Australia.
‘Local Writers Arrive in Force’ - article for The Advertiser.
Kurt van Trojan : profile, clippings, handwritten notes.
Questionnaires for authors:
Jan Jarrold Owen ‘The Inner Courtyard’ - introduction (photocopy); ‘The Progress of Moonlight’ - author biography; ‘Rites of Arrival’ - forward (Peter Cahalan); handwritten notes.
‘Arrival in a Prospect of Flamingoes’ - poetry drafts, notes.
‘Animal Dreaming’ poetry, miscellanea.
A History of Colour - drafts - final manuscript.
‘Love Poems’ - drafts.
‘Love Poems’ - drafts, notebook, diary.
Correspondence - 1992-1993.
Correspondence, poetry - 1992-1993.
Correspondence, poetry, ‘News from the Mountain’ (accompanying text to Andrew Steel’s ‘Opus Alchemicum’), notes - 1992-1993.
‘Animal Dreaming’, edited by K.F. Pearson with monoprints by Peter McLachlan.
‘Melbourne Elegies’ - an adaption of Goethe’s Romische Elegien.
Folder 38 - 40
AV Box 1
Photographs taken at the Friendly Street Poetry readings by Penny Ramsay, 1976:
Kirpal Singh; Gail Mahan; Steve Evans; Anna Gibbs; Robert Duncan; Andrew Taylor; Beate Josephi; Heather Cam; Photo used on cover of first Reader; Bill Beard; Grishka van Ree; John Bray; Richard Tipping; Ian Reid; Stephen Measday; Deborah Thomas; Barry Westburg; Robert Clark; Peter Goldsworthy; Ian Reid; Chris Barnett; Adrian Smith.