National Library of Australia
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Copying and publishing of unpublished manuscript material is subject to copyright restrictions.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 Copying of unpublished material for research purposes is permissible 50 years after the death of the creator of the material.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 Chris Mansell, National Library of Australia [class number, box number and series and/or file number]'.
Chris Mansell was born in Sydney in 1953. She is an active poet and writer who has been published in a number of literary magazines and anthologies. Between 1978 and 1987 she founded and edited the magazine, Compass: prose and poetry. She has served as Secretary and Treasurer of the Sydney Poets Union and has been a member of the Australian Copyright Council. She has had four books of poetry published, Delta, 1978; Head, heart and stone, 1982; Taking heart, 1987; and Redshift, blueshift, 1988. She has also completed a volume of long prose fiction, The Choice of memory. Since 1987 she has been lecturing in creative writing at Universities in Wollongong and Western Sydney.
Comprises 1. Manuscript and typescript drafts of poems, plays and prose. 2. Correspondence, 1978-1989. Correspondents include Dianne Bates, Eric Beach, Bruce Beaver, Jenny Boult, James Burns, Larry Buttrose, Geoffrey Dutton, Susan Hampton, Dennis Haskell, Elizabeth Jolley, Jean Kent, Kate Llewellyn, Cilla McQueen, Jennifer Maiden, Philip Mead, Jenni Mitchell, Rosemary Nissen, Geoff Page, Rosemary Porter, Judith Rodriguez, Tom Shapcott, Michael Sharkey, Cliff Smyth, John Tranter, Cornelius Vleeskens, Lyndon Walker. 3. Subject files. Files relating to the Australian Copyright Council, Compass, Directory of Australian literary magazines, National Word Festival, Poets Union and other organisations. 4. Printed material. Leaflets, posters, handbills, programs concerning poetry readings and workshops and issues of poetry magazines and anthologies. 5. Personal papers. Notebooks, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, personal letters.
Contained in 9 boxes, 1 folio item.
(3 files + page proofs)
Files of correspondence, 1978-89. Many files contain manuscript poems. The Jolley file includes a 30 page interview with Jolley by Mansell, 10 February 1985 (286 letters).
Whisky: 27 poems by Dane Thwaites, 1979
"To the heart of the world's electricity" by Stephen Kelen, 1979
Flight 39 by Jenny Boult, 1986
Pandora's box, 197?
Fighting arts/ godhead: a Meuse anthology, 1979
Blythe parrot, 1982
Electric sandwich, 1983
Freeman Horniblow's bumper book for boys and girls, 1983
On the line, 1985
West on lights, 1986
Follow spot, 1986
Aspect, no. 25, 1982
Australian small press review, no. 6, 1978
Blakes monthly, no. 1
Born to concrete, no. 4
Fling, 1981-4 (4 issues)
Humpty dumps, 1985
Khasmik, no. 2, 1974
Meuse, no. 3
Naked eye, two issues, 1983
Nude dodo, no. 1, 1975
The Open door vol. 4, 1984
Passing show, vol. 6, no. 12, 1978
Perverse pleasures, no. 3, 1984
Poetry, imagery and expression, no. 1, 1985
Real poetry, no. 1-2, 1978-9
Scrap paper review, Dec. 1983
Southern cross, no. 2, 1982
Spare times, vol. 5
Undercurrent/ trans-Tasman, 1985, with insertions of a letter and typescript poetry by Michael Sharkey, 1986
Word art, 1980
Your friendly fascist, no. 22, 1979
Comprises a full record of Mansell's life and writing for the period from the mid-1980s to 1999. Included in the instalment are correspondence and notebooks; drafts of prose, plays and poetry, including The choice of memory; papers relating to smaller projects, events and residencies; files on other writers that contain manuscripts as well as letters; and, audiotapes and photographs.
Contained in 9 cartons.
Comprises poetry and other writings by Mansell; works edited by Mansell and projects/joint ventures with others; correspondence, 1991-2004; PressPress publications including drafts, proofs and related correspondence; Shoalhaven Poetry Festival correspondence, publicity (including posters and flyers) and competition postcards; copies of stories and poems of other writers; South Coast Writers' Centre minutes; miscellaneous publications; Q Theatre working scripts and Q Theatre and New Theatres programs; and, artwork and cloth items.
Contained in 8 cartons, 1 oversize item.