Amy Witting Website by Yvonne Miels

Bibliography

of work by Amy Witting


Primary Texts

 


NOVELS, SHORT STORIES AND POETRY

 

The Visit

Thomas Nelson, Australia, 1977

Mandarin Australia, 1991

Minerva, Australia, 1996

(Assisted by Literature Board of Australia Council)

 

Travel Diary

Woodbine Press, Lane Cove, NSW, 1985

 

I for Isobel

Penguin Books Australia, 1989

Penguin Books Australia, 1999

(Winner of FAW Barbara Ramsden Award, 1989)

(Short-listed for 1990 Miles Franklin Award)

(Short-listed for 1990 NBC Banjo Award)

Recorded as a Talking Book, ABC Audio,

 

Marriages

Penguin Books Australia, 1990

(Short-listed for The Age Book of the Year Awards)

 

Beauty is the Straw

Collins/Angus & Robertson, North Ryde, Australia, 1991

(Short-listed for the Banjo Poetry Award)

 

A Change in the Lighting

Viking/Penguin Australia, 1994

Penguin Books Australia 1995

(Short-listed for the New South Wales State Literary Awards)

(Short-listed for The Talking Book of the Year Award)

 

In and Out the Window

Penguin Books Australia, 1995

 

Collected Poems

Penguin Books Australia, 1998

 

Maria's War

Penguin Books Australia, 1998

 

Isobel on the way to the Corner Shop

Penguin Books Australia 1999

(Short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award 2000)

(Winner, The Age Book of Year Award 2000, including the Fiction Prize)

Recorded as a talking book, ABC Audio

 

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories

Viking/Penguin Books Australia, 2000

 

After Cynthia

Penguin Books Australia 2001

 

Amy Witting won the 1993 Patrick White Award

 

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POETRY IN ANTHOLOGIES and JOURNALS

(by date of publication)

 

Juvenilia

Wanderers’, The Sydney Morning Herald, 28 July 1934, p.11

 

Craoghfordh’s Lament’, Hermes, Michaelmas Term 1937, Sydney University, p.20

 

Anthologies

Words’,

Up from Below: Poems of the 1980s (ed.) Irene Coates, Nancy Corbett, & Barbara Petrie, Women's Redress Press, 1987

 

Deep Third Man Addresses the Ball’,

The Longest Game: A Collection of the Best Cricket Writing, Alex Buzo and Jamie Grant, (eds.) William Heinemann, 1990, p.288

 

The Blinkered Mind’

Beauty is the Straw’

A Curse on Herod’

The New Oxford Book of Australian Verse

Selected by Les Murray, Oxford University Press, Australia, 1991, pp.221-222

'untitled poem' in Reach for the Stars, compiled by Walter Mikac and Kim Sporton, Penguin Books, Australia, 2000

 

Journals (uncollected poems)

Commentary’

Quadrant, April 1995, p.65

 

His Love Speaks to Theodore Roethke’

The Bulletin, February 3, 1998

 

For Helen Kay’ (2 October 1973-27 July 1999)

also as a dedication in Faces and Voices: Collected Stories, Penguin Books, 2000

 

Unpublished

Letter to James McAuley’, July 1954

Amy Witting, Literary Papers 1943-1990, The State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library. MLMSS 5303 ML 1913/89

 

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SHORT STORIES in JOURNALS or COLLECTIONS

(by date of publication)

 

The Strait of Hellespont’

Southerly, 1956, XVII, No. 4, pp. 200-204

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

A Bottle of Tears’

Southerly, 1957, Vol. 18, No. 3, pp. 148-152

Marriages, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1990, p. 40

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

Scorched, Penguin Australia, 2004

 

Peppercorn Rental’

Coast to Coast, 1959/60 (selected by Cecil Hadgraft) Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1960

Southerly, 1961, Vol. 21 No. 1, pp. 43-45

Marriages, Penguin, 1990, p. 85

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Yellow Dress’

The Bulletin, 5 August, 1961, pp. 38-39

 

The Bottom of the Well’

The Bulletin Book, The Bulletin, 16 December 1961, pp. 16-17

 

The Weight of a Man’

Coast to Coast 1961/62 (selected by Hal Porter) Angus & Robertson, Sydney, 1962, pp. 1-12

Short Stories of Australia (selected by Beatrice Davis) Angus & Robertson, 1967

Contemporary Classics - 1965-1995, (ed. Don Anderson) Vintage Paperback, 1996

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Goodbye, Ady, Goodbye, Joe’

The New Yorker, 1965

(Short-listed for 'Distinctive Short Stories in American Magazines, 1965', (ed.) Martha Foley)

Marriages, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1990, p. 48

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Early Settler’

The New Yorker, 18 May 1968, pp. 42-44

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Man with the Impediment’

Coast to Coast, 1969/70 (selected by Thea Astley) Angus & Robertson, 1970

Marriages, Penguin Books, Ringwood, Australia, 1990, p. 64

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

A Piece of This Puzzle is Missing’

Tabloid Short Story, Supplement to Education, 24 July 1974, p. 234

The Tabloid Story Pocket Book, Michael Wilding (ed.) Wild & Woolley, 1978, p. 158

 

Report on a Rejected Manuscript’

Tabloid Short Story, No. 12, November 1974, supplement to On Dit, Adelaide University

Australian Short Stories, Bruce Pascoe & Linden Hyatt (eds.), Pascoe Publishing, 1990, p. 93

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 47

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories, Mary Lord (ed.) Penguin, 2000

 

The Survivors’

Stand (England) c. April, 1975, Vol. 16, No. 2, p. 39

Marriages, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1990, p. 1

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Miss Piper and Everyman’

Melbourne Sun Herald, 18 January, 1978

Personal Best 2, Garry Disher (ed.), Angus & Robertson, 1991, p. 321

In and Out the Window Penguin, Australia, 1995, p. 57

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Lovetalk and the Paranoia Kid’

Westerly, No. 3, September 1978, pp. 11-21

(Joint Prize-winner Patricia Hackett Prize 1978)

 

The Rescue’

Quadrant, January 1983, pp. 127-128

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 19

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Trap’

Marriages, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1990, p. 90

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Birthday Present II’

Scripsi, 1990, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 25-33

as ‘Soft Toys’ in Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Faces and Voices’

Scripsi, 1990, Vol. 6 No. 2, pp. 39-43

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 85

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Waste of an Evening’

Scripsi, 1991, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 181-186

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 79

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Casual Affair’

Scripsi, 1991, Vol. 7 No. 3, pp. 79-92

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 3

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Interview’

Southerly, ‘Memory’, Ivor Indyk & Elizabeth Webby (eds.), Collins/Angus & Robertson, 1991, Vol. 51 No. 3, pp. 190-195

 

Home to Roost’

Overland, 1991, No. 124, pp. 15-17

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 41

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Conversation in the Park’

Speaking with the Sun, Stephanie Dowrick & Jane Parkin (eds.), Allen & Unwin, 1991, pp. 159-163

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 65

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Enemies of Time’

Millennium: Time-Pieces by Australian Writers, Helen Daniel (ed.), Penguin Books, 1991, p. 133

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 24

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

A Very Important Finish’

Scripsi, 1992, Vol. 8 No. 2, p.57-63

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 94

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

In It to Win It’

The Bulletin, December 1992, Vol. 114, No. 5852, p58

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 37

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Ecumenical Altar’

Eureka Street, May 1994, Vol. 4, No. 4

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 29

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Afterplay’

Quadrant, May 1995, pp. 72-74

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 90

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

A Matter of Honour’

Books, Death and Taxes, (selected by Dinny O’Hearn), Penguin Books, Ringwood, 1995, pp. 124-130

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 53

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Perfect Woman’

In and Out the Window, Penguin, Ringwood, Australia, 1995, p. 71

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Off the Record’

Women Love Sex (ed. Susan Johnson), Random House, 1996, p. 54

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

My Dearest Jane’

Regarding Jane Eyre, (ed. Susan Geason), Random House, 1997, p. 239

as ‘Letters to Jane Eyre’, in Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Secret Sin of Ms Antonia Laker’

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Knight in Armour’

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Walking Away’

Certifiable Truths: Stories of Love and Madness, Jane Messer (ed.), Allen & Unwin, NSW 1998, pp. 81-96

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Writing Desk’

My One True Love, Caro Llywellyn (ed.), Random House, NSW, 1999, pp. 177-199

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

The Witness’

Penguin Australian Summer Stories, Ringwood, Vic, 1999, pp. 271-284

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

Theatre Comes to Wombat Creek’

The Bulletin, 29 December 1998/5 January, 1999, pp. 70-75

Faces and Voices, Collected Stories, Viking/Penguin Books Australia Ltd, 2000

 

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 MISCELLANEOUS

Articles/Essays/transcripts by Amy Witting

Words from a stranger’, The Bulletin, 28 December 1993, p. 54

 Rearing young writers’, Edited transcript of the Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture, Australian Author, Vol. 26, No. 1, Autumn 1994, pp. 16-18

'Good news for the little literati', The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 1994, p. 10A

'Surviving', Southerly, (Canonozites - the making of literary reputations in Australia), eds. Delys Bird, Robert Dixon and Susan Lever, Vol. 576, No. 3, Spring 1997, pp. 235-237

'A Journey with the G.A.N.', The Australian's Review of Books, Vol. 2. No. 7, August 1997, p. 21

'The last weeks of November, 1975', The Best Australian Essays 1999, (ed.) Peter Craven, Bookman Press, Melbourne, Victoria, 1999, pp. 1-10

 Reflections of a couch potato’, The Weekend Australian, 5-6 June 1999, p. 29

'My one true love', The Age, 22 June 1999, p.8

 Brotherly affection’, The Weekend Australia, 14-15 August 1999, Books Review, p. 13

'Second Sight', The Age, 18 September 1999, p.6

'Posthumous dialogue concerning certain errors in Michael Ackland's Damaged Men', Quadrant, Vol. 45. No. 11, November 2001, pp 37-39

 

Textbooks

Joan Levick & Chloe Flegman French Vocabulary Part One Rigby, 1961

Joan Levick & Anne Robson Comprendre Pour Communiquer Macmillan, 1973

Joan Levick Each One Teach One–A Course in English The Smith Family, Sydney, 1988

Extracts

Untitled from I for Isobel, in Marmalade's Book of Cats, Liz Cunningham & Anne Melano (eds.), Marmalade Press, NSW 1993, pp.173-177

Untitled from In and Out the Window, The Age, 5 January 1996, p.8

'Go Go Go' from A Change in the Lighting, in Reflections on Marriage, Hazel Hawke (ed), Text Publishing, Melbourne, 1996, pp.136-144

'Isobel, Anna and Stan' (from a work in progress), The Best Australian Stories, 2001, Peter Craven (ed), Black Inc., 2001, pp.15-37

 

As Editor

Elena’s Journey, Text Publishing, 1997

 

Television Interviews

Amy Witting interviewed by Peter Ross; discussing A Change in the Lighting ‘Bookchat’, 10 July 1994

Amy Witting interviewed by Dinny O’Hearn; discussing Marriages Video VB 7071, The State Library of NSW

 

 

Radio Interviews

Phillip Adams, Michael Heyward, Albert Tucker and Amy Witting discussing Michael Heyward’s The Ern Malley Affair ‘Late Night Live’, ABC Tape, 30 August 1993

Amy Witting interviewed by Cath Keneally; discussing In and Out the Window Arts Breakfast’, 5UV, Saturday 23 September 1995

LITERARY FESTIVALS

Amy Witting has appeared regularly at numerous Australian Writers’ Festivals.

She draws large appreciative audiences and has appeared at:

Adelaide Festival of Arts, Writers’ Week–March 1992 and 1996

Sydney Writers Weekend–January 1998

Melbourne Writers Week–August 1998

Sydney Writers Festival January 2000

Melbourne Writers Festival August 2000

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LITERARY PAPERS 1943—1990 — MLMSS 5303 ML 1913/89

Held in The State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library

(This list is a copy of that compiled by The State Library)

1943—1958, 1980 Early Journals RESTRICTED

(There are only two entries for 1980, both short drafts of poems)

1977, 1989 Letters received from Jessica Anderson, 23 April 1977, and Helen Garner, 24 October 1989 RESTRICTED

 

LITERARY MANUSCRIPTS AND SHORT STORIES

c. 1951 ‘The Garment of Grace’ Carbon typescript with MS annotations

The Trap’ Original, edited and final copies. Typescript with MS annotations

Lovetalk and the Paranoia Kid’ First version shortened at editor's request. Photocopy of typescript. Photocopy of published version from Westerly, No. 3, September 1978

The Birthday Present II’ Photocopy of typescript

 

1965

Goodbye, Ady, Goodbye, Joe’ The New Yorker galleys, 17 February 1965, 16 April 1965 with MS. and typed annotations.

Death of a Poet’ Photocopy of typescript. Unpublished 7,000 word story.

Untitled Carbon typescript of unpublished short story

The Rescue’ Typescript with MS annotations Published Quadrant 1983. Uncollected

 

VERSE

1954 ‘Letter to James McAuley’ Written on reading his ‘Letter to John Dryden’, July 1954. Photocopy of typescript, with author's MS note. Unpublished

Personal Trivia’ Poems. Carbon typescript with MS annotations

 

ANNOTATIONS, REMINISCENCES, NOTES

After 1957

Annotations on The First Boke of Fowle Ayres Photocopy of MS annotations added to The First Boke of Fowle Ayres, published 1944

 

After 1961

Annotations on The Darkening Ecliptic Photocopy of MS and typescript annotations added to The Darkening Ecliptic, p. 22-41, published Lansdowne Press, 1961.

c. 1975 ‘Memories of the constitutional crisis of 1975 and conversations with Sir John Kerr.’ Typescript with MS corrections.

Typescript of verses, ‘Letter from a Labour Voter’ and 'Re Francis James’ to the Editor of the National Times.

Photocopies of news cuttings, 1975.

 

After 1978

Note on Lynette Phillips, an ex-pupil, and the poem ‘Letter to Lynette from Augsburg’. Carbon typescript

 

1978—1983

Magazine Dharma which outlines details of Lynette's death.

Printed copies of poems ‘Figure in a landscape, for Lynette Phillips’ and ‘A Letter to Lynette from Augsburg’.

 

CORRESPONDENCE

1962—1990

Correspondence from 15 April 1962 to 1 January 1990, chiefly being letters received. Correspondents include Hal Porter, 15 April 1962 and Patrick White 6 July 1975

 

PRINTED MATERIAL

1956—1989

Copies of short stories: ‘The Strait of Hellespont’, 1956

A Bottle of Tears’, 1957

The Early Settler’, 1968

Report on a Rejected Manuscript’, 1974

A Piece of This Puzzle is Missing’, 1974 with news cuttings re obscenity accusations.

Reviews of the novels The Visit, 1977—1978 and I for Isobel, 1989

Original wrappings with author's inscriptions

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