Category Archives: Literary Archives

Poster of two children, a boy knitting and a girl playing with a truck, with the caption "boys or girls, what does it matter all children should have the chance to find out what really interests them and what they really enjoy doing"

“Sugar and spice and all things nice…”

Dr Sebastian Gurciullo, Assistant Archivist What are little boys made of? What are little boys made of? Slugs and snails And puppy-dogs’ tails That’s what little boys are made of What are little girls made of? What are little girls made of? Sugar and spice And all things nice That’s what little girls are made […]

Memory, poetry and a good buffet dinner

“I’ve always had a good memory…which is helpful for my poetry though it makes it rather like a buffet dinner with many small dishes all over the bench.”[i] Birthdays always prompt a level of reflection and earlier this month Melbourne poet Chris Wallace-Crabbe celebrated his 80th. His writing reveals that these years have not been […]

Lilith: a feminist history journal, no 1, Winter, 1984

In Sisterhood: collectives for women, by women

In the late 20th century female writers were supported by relationships with publishers and the editors of feminist journals, whose aim was to nurture the development of writing by women, for women. Founded by a close team of five women, including Hilary McPhee and Diana Gribble of McPhee and Gribble fame, Sister’s Publishing was a […]

The Magic of Meanjin

Writers nurture multiple relationships throughout their career and perhaps there’s none more important than the one with their publisher.  The collections held at UMA illustrate the process of writing and publication, from the moment an idea is born to the maturation of a finished piece of writing. This relationship between writer and publisher is most […]

A State of Many Stories

Victoria’s rich literary history is revealed on The Writers’ State: A Literary Map of Victoria, with many of the big names and big stories of Australian Literature inspired by or set in the country towns of Victoria and the city of Melbourne.  This beautiful map is also a comprehensive reflection of UMA’s own collections. The […]