Literary Criticism and Reviews of my Published Works

2023Rundle, Guy‘Dream and the real: Alan Wearne’s selected works and a bygone era’ Crikey 14 April 2023
2022Duwell, Martin‘Alan Wearne: Near Believing: Monologues and Narratives 1967-2021’ Australian Poetry Review October, 2022.
2022Sasnaitis, Jurate‘Marvellous Stuff! Jurate Sasnaitis Launches ‘Near Believing:  Selected Monologues and Narratives 1987-2021’ by Alan Wearne’ Rochford Street Review vol 34 no 1 2022. Online. 
2022Lehmann, Geoffrey‘Homeric Spiel of a Great Taxidermist of Society’ The Weekend Australian 11 June 2022 (p.18) 
2022Page, Geoff‘Dystopic Presents and Futures: Two Disquieting Verse Novels’ Australian Book Review May no 442, 2022 (p.43-44)  
2020Langford, Martin‘Two Surveys, Two Milestones: One Premature Death’  Meanjin Autumn vol 79 no 1, 2020  
2019Matthews, BrianThe Sometimes ironic Perception of things’ Eureka Street 28 July vol 29 no 15, 2019.  
2018Griffin, Alex‘But Why Am I Telling You This? You Are Not Even Here: Against Defining the Suburb’ Cordite Poetry Review 1 February no 84, 2018 
2018Copello, Beatriz‘BOOK REVIEW: Alan Wearne These Things Are Real.’ Writing NSW. (Available at 
2017Keneally, Peter‘Tick-Off List: ‘These Things Are Real by Alan Wearne’ Australian Book Review #397 December 2017 (p.59). 
2017Duwell, Martin‘Alan Wearne: These Things Are Real and as editor: With the YoungstersAustralian Poetry Review September 2017.  
2017Pierce, Peter‘Contemporary Australian Poetry review: A fine anthology of quality and quantity’ The Age January 26, 2017.  
2017Page, Geoff‘Form and Function’ The Weekend Australian 2 December 2017  (p.18) 
2016Borzi, Michelle‘Alan Wearne, Prepare the Cabin for Landing’ Long Paddock vol 75  no 3 2016 
2016Sharkey, Michael‘Imperial Nigrescences’ The Poetic Eye: Occasional Writings 1982-2012. Netherlands: Brill: 2016. (p.82-89) 
2013Cahill, Michelle‘Aspects of Australian Poetry in 2012’ Westerly June vol 58 no 1  2013 (p.68-91) 
2013Keneally, Peter‘Boomers’ Review of Prepare the Cabin for Landing by Alan Wearne, Australian Book Review #348 February 2013.
2013Scotney, Fiona‘Review Short: Alan Wearne’s Prepare the Cabin for Landing’  Cordite Poetry Review August 6, 2013. 
2013Nashar, Claire‘As the New / Gets Newer’: Rethinking the Possibilities of a New  Australian Lyric’ Southerly vol 73 no 2 2013 (p. 153-164) 
2013Craven, Peter‘Prose and Parody with Whine of Strine’ (Taking wing on a flight of  fancy’ Sydney Morning Herald March 23-24, 2013 (p.33). 
2013Page, Geoff‘From Nugan Hand to Men on the Land: The Vivid Poetry of Unsentimental Blokes’ The Weekend Australian February 16-17,  2013 (p. 22-23) 
2013Duwell, Martin‘Alan Wearne: Prepare the Cabin for Landing’  Australian Poetry Review March vol 8, 2013. 
2013Kenneally, Peter Australian Book Review February no 348 2013 (p.61) 
2013Musgrave, David‘Fasten your seatbelts: Prepare the Cabin for Landing by Alan Wearne’ Sydney Review of Books May 3, 2013. 
2012Tranter, John‘Introduction’ in Best Australian Poetry (Ed. John Tranter) Black Inc, 2012.  See page xvi.
2012Lord, David‘Not Quite Cricket’ 50 Something October-November 2012 (p.63-64) 
2011Pierce, Peter‘The Silver Age of Fiction’ Meanjin Summer Vol 70 no 4, 2011 (pp 110-115)
2011Hose, Duncan[Untitled] Southerly vol 71 no 3, 2011 (p. 235-239)
2011Sasnaitis, Francesca (Jurate)‘Rings Unknown’ Australian Book Review November no 336, 2011 (p. 64) 
2010Borzi, Michelle‘Musical Narratives’ Southerly vol 69 no 3, 2010 (p. 208-214) 
2010Taylor Johnson, Heather‘The Latest Word’ Wet Ink March no 18, 2010 (p. 54-55) 
2010King, Richard‘With feeling for the Conniwink’ The Sydney Morning Herald  9-10 January 2010 (p.34) 
2010Kenneally, Pete‘The Core of Our Culture’ The Age 1-2 January 2010 (p.21) 
2009McCooey, DavidBook Chapter: ‘Poetry and Non-fiction from 1950’ in Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature Project Allen & Unwin, Sydney, 2009. 
2009Fuller, Cameron‘The Latest Word’ Wet Ink June no 15, 2009 (p.60) 
2009O’Reilly, Shelley‘Poetry Survey’ Island Autumn no 116, 2009 (p.56-61)
2009Mahoney, Blair‘[Review] The Best Australian Poetry 2009’ Alan Wearne, Editor.  Bookseller + Publisher Magazine, October vol 89 no 3 (p.18).  
2009Moran, RodOff the Shelf’ The West Australian 8 December 2009 (p. 6) 
2009Scott, Ryan‘[Review] The Best Australian Poetry 2009 and The Best Australian Poems 2009’ (The Best Australian Poetry 2009, Alan Wearne, Editor and The Best Australian Poems 2009, Robert Adamson, EditorCordite Poetry Review April no. 32, 2010. 
2009Pierce, Peter‘Selections show versatility of Australia’s Poetic Voice’ The Canberra Times 5 December 2009 
2008Pierce, Peter‘Finding the Music in Australiana’ The Canberra Times 19 April 2008 (p. 17) 
2008Baum, Caroline‘Rhyme and Punishment: The Melbourne born poet tackles the unpopular and forgotten in his latest collection’  
The Sydney Morning Herald Spectrum Supplement p.33, July 12-13, 2008. 
2008Kenneally, Peter‘Forget Xiebnikov, Character Explains the World’ The Age 24 May 2008, (p. 25). 
2008Duwell, Martin‘Alan Wearne: The Australian Popular Songbook’ Australian Poetry Review May 2008. 
2008Farrell, Michael‘Finding the music in Australiana’ The Canberra Times Panorama Supplement p. 17, April 19, 2008
2008McCooey, David‘Babyboomer Partytime in Oz’ Australian Book Review June no 302, 2008 (p. 57).  
2008Gammie, Sian‘The Australian Popular Songbook by Alan Wearne’ Paper, Rock Autumn no. 3, 2008 (p. 39) 
2008Brown, Pam‘Alan Wearne’s The Australian Popular Songbook’ Famous Reporter no 37, 2008 (p.133-137)
2008Wyndham, Susan‘Undercover’ The Sydney Morning Herald 8-9 March 2008 (p.26) 
2007Neill, Rosemary‘Pulping Our Poetry’ The Weekend Australian Review Supplement 7-8 July 2007 (p.4-5) 
2005Trenweth, Courtney‘Words worth poetry prize’ Illawarra Mercury 12 October 2005
2004Pierce, Peter‘Love in the time of choleric’ The Bulletin February 24, 2004 (p. 76). 
2004Svendsen, Mark‘Soapie Kings’ The Courier-Mail March 13, 2004 (p. 6) 
2004Pollnitz, Christopher‘Australian Verse Novels’ Heat no 7 (New Series) 2004 (p. 229-252) 
2004Duwell, Martin‘Friends in low places’ Spectrum Supplement p.10, The Sydney Morning Herald Weekend Edition March 20-21, 2004. (p.10) 
2004McCooey, David‘Love and Longuers: Alan Wearne – The Lovemakers Book 2. Money and nothingAustralian Book Review #261 May 2004. (p.38-39) 
2004Craven Peter‘Stanzas deliver’ The Weekend Australian April, 10-11, 2004 (p.14) 
2004Indyck, Ivor‘The Lovemakers II: Money and Nothing’ The Age 22 May 2004 (p. 4) 
2003Keates, Leigh‘Untitled’ Dotlit: The Online Journal of Creative Writing August  Vol 4 no 1 2003 
2002Duwell, Martin‘How ‘Now’ Came from ‘Then’ Overland Spring no 168, 2002 (p. 99-102) 
2001Urquart, Alan‘New Poetry-2001’ Westerly November vol 46 no 2001 (p. 109-125) 
2001McCooey, DavidThe Lovemakers by Alan Wearne’ Australian Book Review #229  April 2001. 
2001Bantick, Christopher‘Verse that reads like a novel’ The Canberra Times 10 March, 2001 (p.16)  
2001Thomas, Mark‘Versed in moods of sex and love’ The Canberra Times 10 March 2001 (p.17) 
2001Maloney, Shane‘Tough Racket’ The Age March 19, 2001.
2001Shapcott, Thomas‘History of a Generation’ Island Spring no 87 2001 (p. 130-133)
2001Anderson, Don‘Chapter and verse’ The Bulletin March 20, vol 119, no 6266 2001 (p.89)
2001Indyck, Ivor‘Hear the burbs sing’ The Sydney Morning Herald 24 March 2001 (p.5) 
2001Craven, Peter‘Author unearths…..’ The Australian March 28, 2001 
2001Craven, Peter‘Peter Craven is fascinated by a strange and haunting work of art’  The Weekend Australian 10-11 March 2001 (p.12-13) 
2001McCooey, David‘What the hell is going on?’ Australian Book Review (ABR) April, No 229, 2001 (p.52-53) 
2001Keates, Carmen Leigh‘Untitled’ Imago: New Writing vol 13 no 2 2001 (p. 127-128) 
2001Alizadeh, Ali‘The Lovemakers’ TEXT: The Journal of the Australian Association of Writing Programs October vol 5 no 2 2001 
20010’Brien, KerrieQantas The Australian Way April 2001.
2001Porter, Peter‘Life, Love: Urban Yarns on a Grand Scale’ The Age 14 April 2001 (p. 6)
2000McCooey, David‘The City and the Contemporary Australian Long Poem’ Australian Writing and the City: Refereed Proceedings of the 1999 Conference held at the NSW Writers Centre, Sydney 2-6 July 1999-2000 (pp. 122-128).  
2000Hulse, Michael[Untitled correspondence] Southerly vol 60 no 1, Rushcutters Bay: Halstead Press, 2000 (p. 160-161) 
2000Leves, Kerry‘Constructing the Poetic Past: A Response to Jamie Grant’ Southerly Vol 60 no 1, Rushcutters Bay: Halstead Press, 2000 (p. 155-160)  
1999Grant, Jamie‘The Generation of ‘68’ Southerly Spring/Summer vol 59 no 3-4 1999 (p. 213-216) 
1998Duwell, Martin‘How to use a Street Directory: Detail and Knowledge in the Work of Alan Wearne’ Australian Literary Studies Vol 18 no 4 1998 (pp. 126- 135). 
1998McCooey, David‘Neither Here Nor There: Suburban Voices in Australian Poetry’ Australian Literary Studies vol 18 no 4 1998 (Annual) p. 101-114). 
1998Pascoe, Robert‘A Welcome Addition, Alan Wearne: Kicking in Danger’ Overland #150 Autumn 1998. 
1998Carroll, J.R.‘Out of Bounds’ Australian Book Review December/January No 197, 1997-1998 (p. 51) 
1998Pascoe, Robert‘A Welcome Addition’ Overland Autumn no 150 1998 (p. 127) 
1997Lloyd, Di‘A Novel Idea to Satisfy the Football Fanatic’ The Canberra Times, Sunday Times, 30 November 1997 (p.17) 
1997Thorne, Tim‘Untitled’ Famous Reporter December no 16, 19977 (p. 27-29)
1997Griffin, Michelle‘Crime Fiction’ The Sunday Age 19 October 1997 (p.14)
1997Collins, John‘Fun and Frolics in Footy Crime’ The Courier Mail 27 September 1997 (p. wkd 9) 
1997McFarlane, Ian‘Paperbacks’ The Canberra Times Sunday Times 12 October 1997 (p.22) 
1997Hutchison, Garry‘Pitch Battles’ The Age 30 August 1997 (p.13)
1997Sharkey, Michael‘Disparate Cast of Desperates’ The Weekend Australian 4-5 October 1997 (p. rev 28) 
1997Craven, Peter‘Readings: Higher Education’ The Weekend Australian 1997.  See 
1997Marietta‘Literary luminaries explore life’s little vices’ The Bulletin August 12, 1997. See 
1997Hutchison, Garrie‘Pitch Battles. Kicking in Danger: The Footy Novel’ The Age 30 August 1997.  See 
1997Collins, John‘Fun and frolics in footy crime. Kicking in Danger The Footy Novel The Courier Mail September 27, 1997.  See 
1997Sharkey, MichaelKicking in DangerThe Weekend Australian October 4-5, 1997.  See 
1997McFarlane, Ian‘Paperbacks’ The Canberra Times October 12, 1997.  See 
1997Griffin, Michelle‘Crime Fiction: Kicking in DangerThe Age October 19, 1997.  See 
1997Harling, RichardKicking in Danger by Alan Wearne’ Herald Sun November 20, 1997.  See 
1997Lloyd, Di‘A novel idea to satisfy the football fanatic- Kicking in Danger: A Damien Chubb Mystery’. The Canberra Times November 30, 1997. 
1997Thorne, TimKicking in DangerFamous Reporter December 16, 1997.  See
1997Albinski, Nan Bowman‘Alan Wearne’s The Nightmarkets’ 
1995Craven, Peter‘Reading Melbourne’ The Sunday Age 23 April 1995 (p. 8) 
1993Cam, Heather‘Monsalvat National Poetry Festival, 1992’ Overland Autumn no 130 1993 (p.32-36) 
1990Dobrez, Livio‘The Generation of ’68: Centripetal Poetry Kinetics’ Parnassus Mad Ward: Michael Dransfield and The New Australian Poetry St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1990 (p.286-320) 
1990Gerster, Robin‘Gerrymander: The Place of Suburbia in Australian Fiction’ Meanjin Spring vol 49 no 3 1990 (p. 565-575). Also reprinted in Populous Places: Australian Cities and Towns Sydney; Dangaroo Press, 1992 (p.19-30) 
1988Craven, Peter‘Carnival Time’ London Review of Books Vol 10 No 4, 18 Feb 1988. 
1988Gelder, Ken‘History, Politics and the (Post) Modern: Receiving Australian Fiction’ Meanjn Spring vol 3 1988 (p. 551-559) 
1988McDowell, Robert E.‘The Crisis of Subjects’ The Hudson Review Autumn vol 4 no, 3, 1988 (p.565-574)
1987Kane, Paul‘The ‘Long Poem’ Has Not disappeared…’ Antipodes November Vol 1 no 2 1987 (p. 104-106) 
1987Craven, Peter‘Melways to his Melbourne: Alan Wearne’s “The Nightmarkets” Meanjin 46(3) September 1987. 
1987Wallace-Crabbe, Chris‘Cottage Industry, with Muse’ Meanjin vol 46 no 3 1987 (p. 338-342) 
1987Liddelow, Eden‘Nightmarketing Melbourne or How Correct-Line Can a Juggernaut Be?’ Scripsi vol 4 no 3 1987 (p.107-113) 
1987Leonard, John‘‘The Nightmarkets’: Nothing Fated or Rarefied’ Scripsi vol 4 no 3 1987 (p. 117-121) 
1987Forbes, JohnAlan Wearne’s ‘The Nightmarkets’ : the Art of Talk’ Scripsi vol 4  no. 3 1987 (p. 71-74) 
1987Carter, David‘Night-Thoughts on ‘The Nightmarkets’ or ‘Can We Become Our Future?’ Scripsi vol 4 no 3 1987 (p.78-83) 
1987Roberts, Mark‘Life, Politics and the Verse Novel: Talking with Alan Wearne’ Australian Book Review February-March no 88 1987 (p.24-25) 
1987Pollnitz, Christopher‘Our Ennui and Job Applications’: Alan Wearne’s The Nightmarkets’ Scripsi vol 4 no 3 1987 (p. 91-97) 
1987Craven, Peter‘Melways to his Melbourne: Alan Wearne’s ‘The Nightmarkets’ Meanjin Spring vol 46 no 3 1987 (p.410-421) 
1987Tasker, Megan‘Re-Blowing Old Bottles’ Antithesis vol 1 no 1 1987 (p. 120-126) 
1987Hall, Sandra‘Tale Begs to be Read Out Loud’ The Weekend Australian 12-13 September 1987 (p. 14) 
1987Russell, Keith‘The New Generation of Australian Poets’ Quadrant September vol 31 no 9 1987 (p.61-66) 
1987Hart, Kevin‘Enthusiasm of Words’ Overland June no 107 1987 (p. 80-81)
1987Thorne, Tim‘Three Perspectives on Oz’ Overland March no 106 1987 (p. 75-76) 
1987Lohrey, AmandaAfter the Party’ The Age Monthly Review May 1987 (p. 3-4)  
1987Page, Geoff‘Compression and Amplitude’ Island Magazine Autumn no 30 1987 (p. 62-63) 
1987[Judges report]Margaret Whitlam, John Bryson, D.J. O’Hearn  ‘And the Winners Are: National Book Council Awards 1987’  Australian Book Review May no 90 1987, (p.3-4) 
1987England, Katherine‘Mass Market for Award-Winner’ The Advertiser Magazine  9 May 1987 (p.4) 
1987Colebatch, Hal‘Haven’t We Had Enough of the 1960s?’ The West Australian  21 February 1987 
1987Salom, Philip[Untitled] Fremantle Arts Review February vol 2 no 2 1987 (p. 14-15) 
1987McKernan, Susan‘A Local Soap Opera in Verse’ The Bulletin 3 February vol 109 no 5555 1987 (p. 54-55) 
1987Green, Stephanie‘Paradise Lost, Paradise to Gain’ The Canberra Times 10 January 1987 
1987Taylor, Andrew‘John Tranter: Absence in Flight’ Reading Australian Poetry  St Lucia: University of Queensland Press, 1987 (p. 156-170) 
1986Goldsworthy, Kerryn‘Abbreviations [December 1986-January 1987] Australian Book Review December-January 1986-1987 no 87 1986 (p. 39) 
1986Matthews, Brian‘Up Market, Down Beat’ The Adelaide Review December no 33 1986 (p.20)   
1986Rodriguez, Judith‘Pace, Mooch and Drive in This Bustling Verse Novel’ The Sydney Morning Herald 29 November 1986 (p. 49) 
1986Brissenden R. F.‘A New Ulysses with the Rhythms of Strine’ The Weekend Australian Magazine 1-2 November 1986 (p.15) 
1986Hibberd, Jack‘The Lost Generation’ The Age 1 November 1986 (p. 14) 
1986Usher, Rod‘Shelf Life’ The Age 25 October 1986 (p.15) 
1986Taylor, Andrew‘John Tranter: Absence in Flight’ Australian Literary Studies October  vol 12 no 4 1986, (p. 458-470) 
1980Neilsen, Philip‘The Nastiness of Something Out There’ Makar June vol !4 no 2 1980   (p. 51-53) 
1978Tranter, John‘Growing Old Gracefully: The Generation of ‘68’ Meanjin Autumn  Vol 37 no 1 1978 (p.76-86) 
1977Pollnitz, Christopher‘The Sense of an Audience’ Southerly December vol 37 no 4 1977 (p. 446-460) 
1977Robinson, Ludmilla K.[Untitled] LiNQ vol 5 no 3 1977 (p. 74-76)
1974Tranter, John‘Notes on Some Recent Australian Poetry’ New Poetry vol 22 no 1, 1974 (p.43-61) 
1973Simpson, R.A.‘Untitled’ The Age 20 January 1973 (p.20) 
1973Lyons, A.C.‘Untitled’ Twentieth Century Autumn vol 27, 1973 (p. 296-287) 
1972Wallace-Crabbe, Chris‘Kinds of Discipline and Tension’ Poetry Australia no 44, 1972,  (p. 61-62) 
1972Shapcott, Thomas‘Current Poetry’ Australian Book Review December vol 11 1972 (p.43). 
1972Foott, DavidGargoyle Poets 1 and 2 LiNQ vol 1 no 4 1972, (p.24)