National Library of Australia
The collection comprises drafts, correspondence, and publishing material (such as galley proofs, typescripts, and publicity material) relating to research for and publication of a number of Tranter's works.
There are also drafts of various poems (1983-1993), including 'Ariadne on Lesbos', 'The Subtitles', 'Condensed Soup - Four Diversions and a Prose Poem on the Road to a Poetics',and 'Yoo-Hoo Fugaces'; a script of his play The Man on the Landing (1968); articles, interviews, and reviews; copies of various magazines that he has edited, including Poetry Australia, Free Grass and Transit; and papers relating to his role as poetry editor of TheBulletin.
Please refer to the collection's catalogue record for the access conditions (http://nla.gov.au/nla.cat-vn1102656).
Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions. For such material, written permission to publish must be obtained from the copyright holder(s). Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.
Items from this collection should be cited as '[Title or description of manuscript item], Papers of John Tranter, National Library of Australia, MS 5715, [series and/or file number]'.
Papers of John Tranter were first purchased by the Library in August 1977. Further instalments were purchased in December 1988 and February 1989, and donated under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme in May 1993, May 1994, and April 1995.
Tranter kept his papers in good order, and this arrangement has been maintained by the Library. The following list of series and additions to the collection is based on lists received from Tranter.
A cassette tape of Tranter reading poems from Selected Poems and Under Berlin has been transferred to the Oral History collection.
Tranter's books of poetry include: Parallax (1970) Red Movie and Other Poems (1972) The Blast Area (1974) The Alphabet Murders (1975) Crying in Early Infancy: 100 sonnets (1977) Dazed in the Ladies Lounge (1979) Selected Poems (1982) Gloria (1986) Under Berlin: new poems (1988) The Floor of Heaven (1992) Days in the Capital (1992) At the Florida (1993) Gasoline Kisses (1997) Late Night Radio (1998) Different Hands (1998) He has also edited: The New Australian Poetry (1979) Tin Wash Dish: poems from today's Australians (1989) The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry (1991, with Philip Mead) Martin Johnston - Selected Poems and Prose (1993)
John Tranter was born in Cooma, New South Wales, in 1943. He is married to the literary agent Lyn Tranter, and has two children. Tranter took his Bachelor of Arts in 1970, majoring in psychology and literature. His career has spanned printing, publishing, teaching and radio production. Tranter published Transit magazine in 1968-1969, worked in Singapore as the Asian editor for Angus & Robertson in 1971-1973, produced ABC Radio's national arts program Helicon in 1987-1988, and was poetry editor for TheBulletin 1990-1993. He is the founding editor and publisher of Jacket, a quarterly Internet literary magazine.
Tranter has been awarded a number of fellowships from the Literature Board of the Australia Council, and has been a visiting scholar at various institutions, including the Faculty of Arts at the Australian National University, and Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida. He won the Grace Leven Poetry Prize for Under Berlin in 1988, and the Melbourne Age Poetry Book of the Year award for At the Florida in 1993. A selection of Tranter's poems appears in the Norton Anthology of Modern Poetry (1988).
Including Robert Adamson, Bruce Beaver, Robert Bertholf, Walter Billeter, Earle Birney, John Blay, Michael Dransfield, Margaret Dresendorf, Laurie Duggan, Martin Duwell, John Forbes, Rodney Hall, and Alison Hill, 1965-1976
Including Kris Hemensley, Jurgis Janavicius, Alex Josey, Carmel Kelly, Robert Kenny, Rudi Krausmann, Patricia Laird, Roger McDonald, and Jennifer Maiden, 1969-1976.
Including Mike Parr, David Rankin, Philip Roberts, Graham Rowlands, John A. Scott, Tom Shapcott, R. A. Simpson, South Head Press, Max Suich, Tim Thorne, Alan Wearne, Lee White, Michael Wilding, and Edna Wilson, 1965-1977 .
Including copies of printed Tranter poems, and a copy of The Man on The Landing.
Author's annotations in red ink. 110 pages. Marked as 'Finalised Jan 92'.
First main draft of 4-5 June 1986, 10 pages plus cover sheet. Author's minor annotations in various inks.
Draft retyped 27 July 1986, 11 pages plus cover sheet. Author's minor annotations in blue biro and brown ink.
A copy of Gloria, as published by Nicholas Pounder (1986); includes a signed copy of the pamphlet, 11 pages; unused covers (in the published edition covers were coloured by John Tranter and his daughter Kirsten using oil crayons), 4 pages; and photocopies of publishing correspondence, 8 pages.
Draft, subsequent to and much longer than the version published by Nicholas Pounder. 20 pages.
Draft marked as 'Second draft typed up Monday 26 January, 1987'. Extensive interpolations and annotations on various pages. 49 pages.
Draft, undated. In four parts, extensive rewritings. 47 pages.
Draft, dated 9 April 1988. In four parts, with annotations. 50 pages.
Draft marked as 'Revised at 20 June 1988' (original title 'Betty' is crossed out, with 'At Florenzini's' written in). Arranged in one part only. Annotations in pencil and brown ink. 30 pages.
Draft, undated. Arranged in one part only. Annotations in black ink and brown ink. 31 pages.
Photocopy of a clean typed version, undated, no annotations. Filed away October 1991, 31 pages.
Draft dated 8 December 1986. Author's annotations in various inks. 7 pages.
Draft dated 15 December 1986. Author's annotations in various inks. 9 pages.
Draft retyped 8 June 1989. Author's annotations in various inks. 9 pages.
Draft dated 2 July 1989. Author's annotations in brown ink. 21 pages.
Draft 8, dated 4 July 1989. Author's annotations in ink. 20 pages.
Drafts 10 and 11, dated 7 July 1989. Shows change from 'Sandra' to 'Breathless' in page headings, with author's annotations in brown ink. 23 pages.
Draft fragments, undated. Author's annotations in brown ink. 13 pages.
Draft fragment, sequential up to page 12, undated. Author's annotations in black ink. 12 pages.
Draft, undated, typed copy. Filed away 23 October 1991, 12 pages.
Draft (then titled 'Smith') dated 28 February 1990, author's annotations in red ink. 19 pages.
Draft (then with various other titles – 'Kathy1', 'Smith1a', 'Smith2', 'Kathy2'), dated 28 February 1990, author's annotations in blue biro.45 pages.
Draft, marked as 'Typed up 26 July 90'.Very brief author's annotations in black ink.42 pages.
Draft, marked as 'Retyped 30 July 1990'.40 pages.
See also Instalments 27 May 1994 and 11 April 1995.
Discussion concerning the late Martin Johnston, with Roseanne Bonney, Nadia Wheatley, Tranter, and compere Virginia Bell
Interview with Martin Johnston by Margaret Jones, 'A chance to write - in a room of his own', Sydney Morning Herald, 11 August 1973.
Interview by Tranter on 10 January 1989, and broadcast on Helicon, ABC Radio National, 11 August 1991.
Part of an interview by Erica Travers, 17 June 1989.
Interview by Tranter, Glebe, 23 March 1990.
Interview with George Johnston (Martin Johnston's father) by Hazel de Berg, 13 March 1964, National Library of Australia, tape No 52.
Interview with Charmian Clift (Martin Johnston's mother) by Hazel de Berg, 8 June 1965, National Library of Australia, tape No 105.
Excerpts from the ABC Radio National program Late Night Live, 26 June 1990, concerning the late Martin Johnston; Roseanne Bonney, Nadia Wheatley, Tranter, and compere Virginia Bell.
Both Sides: Martin Johnston interviewed by Tranter, 23 March 1990.
Side A - poet Laurie Duggan remembers Martin Johnston. Side B - Late Night Live segment concerning Martin Johnston, ABC Radio National, 26 June 1990. Compere Virginia Bell with Roseanne Bonney, Nadia Wheatley, and Tranter.
Both sides: program devoted to Martin Johnston on Helicon, ABC Radio National, Sunday 11 August 1991, recorded off air, fair quality.
Ern Malley was a persona and a body of work concocted in 1943 by the young poets James McAuley and Harold Stewart, and published in Angry Penguins in 1944. The documentary was first broadcast on ABC radio in 1959. Recording features Max Harris, Geoffrey Dutton, Barrett Reid, Harold Stewart, James McAuley and others, and includes the reading of a letter from 'Ethel Malley'. (The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry is the first anthology to feature the complete poetic works of Ern Malley).
Includes Judith Wright, A. D. Hope, John Blight, Robert Adamson, Chris Wallace-Crabbe, Andrea Sherwood, Lee Cataldi, John Ashbury, Alison Clark, Dana Gioia, Rhyll McMaster, Jennifer Maiden, Bruce Dawe, Rosemary Dobson, Bruce Beaver, Tom Shapcott, Les Murray, and many more. 566 pages, 1990-1993.
Some holograph pages, but most are typed, with revisions in ink or pencil. In most cases poems have undergone five to ten draft stages, with ink corrections and reprinting of each page.Each sheet bears a designation on the verso identifying it as by the author and giving the approximate date, 500 pages.
Comprising copies of poems by various authors taken from books and anthologies, and used as the basic manuscript for The Penguin Book of Modern Australian Poetry.
Some holograph pages, but most pages are typed or computer printout, with revisions by hand. Two and a half pages of holograph critical notes by Lyn Tranter. In most cases poems have undergone numerous draft stages, with ink corrections and reprinting of each stage. Each sheet bears a designation on the verso identifying it as by the author and giving the approximate date.
Includes the narrative poem 'Gloria' and half a dozen uncollected poems.90 pages.
A photocopy of the prose poem 'At Naxos' is tipped in opposite the typed version of the poem. 95 pages.
A photocopy of a fax from Tranter to Mark Tremlett at DNA Graphics is tipped in on the first page. 95 pages.
Extensive holograph alterations throughout. 40 pages, dated from March to April 1988.
Some seventeen fugitive early poems and prose-poems, put together for John Kinsella's Salt magazine, on the understanding that the material would be used. The title is a joke at the expense of Horace's poem 'Alas! Fleeting…' (Eheufugaces). 102 pages, dated late 1991.