Guide to the Papers of Les Wicks [MSS 151]

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Manuscript Name Papers of Les Wicks
Manuscript Number MSS 151
Last Updated July 2021
Extent 2 boxes
Location Special Collections, UNSW Canberra
Abstract Correspondence, notebooks, manuscript drafts, and reviews relating to Les Wicks

Collection Subject Type


Scope and Content

The papers of Les Wicks relate to his early years of writing and editing up to 1986, and are mainly comprised of notebooks. The papers also include some correspondence, small press items, drafts, and reviews

Date Range of Content


Biographical Note

Wikipedia article:

Poet, publisher, and editor Les Wicks was born in 1955, and studied at Macquarie University. In 1976 he founded Meuse Press with Bill Farrow, which was initially an occasional magazine. Wicks continued as the primary editor and curator of Meuse Press, delivering ground-breaking productions such as Antransit (bus poetry) in Sydney and Newcastle, and Heritage Light which included publishing a poem on the surface of the Parramatta River. Wicks has performed and run workshops across Australia, and published in numerous newspapers, anthologies, and magazines across multiple countries

Austlit : Les Wicks retrieved 13 November 2020


Administrative Information


Access and Copying Conditions

Access: Check with Curator

This collection contains a variety of copyright material. Copyright is held by the creator of each item. Specific conditions for this collection are listed below. If no conditions are stipulated then the standard terms of the Copyright Act apply for published and unpublished items. Digitised material from manuscript collections is provided to clients by UNSW Canberra in good faith for private study and research only, and may not be published or re-purposed without the express and written permission of the individual legal holder of that copyright. Refer also to the UNSW copyright, disclaimer and takedown policy. 

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Preferred Citation

Papers of Les Wicks, Special Collections, UNSW Canberra, Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra, MSS 151, Box [Number], Folder [Number].


The first consignment of this collection was purchased in 1985, with the remaining four consignments donated under the Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, the last in 1997


Subject Keywords



Les Wicks, 1955- — Archives

Small presses — Australia

Australian poetry — 20th century

Personal Names

Les Wicks, 1955-

Corporate Names

Meuse Press






Container List


Box 1

Folder 1

Four notebooks - 1979, 1980, 1983

Folder 2

Notebook - 1984 - 1986

Loose pieces

Folder 3

‘Moments of Brilliance - parts 1 - 5, 1983


Folder 4

‘Novella’ - first draft

Folder 5

Miscellaneous poetry and stories

‘Young Man in Paradise’, ‘The Vanguard Sleeps In’ - photocopies

Folder 6


Folder 7

Notebook - 1976

Folder 8

Notebooks (two) - 1976 and undated


Box 2

Folder 9

Notebooks (two) - 1978 and 1978-1979

Folder 10

Notebooks (two) - 1979 and 1979-1980

Folder 11


Folder 12

Notes on works - 1975-1977

Various notes - undated

Folder 13

Notes - 1970-1976

Folder 14

Film notes - animation project, 1980

Folder 15

‘Used and unused useless history’ - 1980


Small Press items :

‘Musicians’ Union Band Guide’

‘The Vanguard Sleeps On’

‘The Last Muese’ - no. 6

Muese - no. 3 (two copies), signed copy

Meuse - signed; Meuse - no. 1

‘Throat’ - ‘Meuse’ Anthology

‘Banyon’ - no. 1 (three copies)

‘Passing Show’ vol. 5, no. 8, 15 September 1977

‘Passing Show’ - vol. 6, no. 12, 1 November 1978

‘Fighting Arts’ - ‘Meuse’ Anthology

‘Cannibals’ - 1985


Unprocessed Boxes

This collection contains an additional 5 oversize boxes that have not yet been catalogued or processed.