John Kinsella

John Kinsella

John Kinsella is the author of over twenty books, and is editor of the international literary journal Salt. He is a Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge University. In 2007 he received the Fellowship of Australian Writers Christopher Brennan Award for lifetime achievement in poetry.


'A poem is never finished': John Kinsella in our poets on poetry series

'A poem is never finished': John Kinsella in our poets on poetry series

How do you personally write a poem?

Most often they appear in my head and I see them – on a kind of internal screen. I also compose poems while walking, as I find the rhythms of walking very compatible with organising words, phrases, lines and stanzas. I usually handwrite a draft in my journal, or on a scrap of paper, and if I can (depending on where I am at a given time), write up my next draft on a manual typewriter before taking it across to an electronic document.

Friday poem: 'Burning Eyes' by John Kinsella

This week's poem is 'Burning Eyes' by John Kinsella. I find the intensity of this encounter with nature, and the mystery of it, compelling: the sense of a vivid presence, the consciousness behind... 

Fantastic review for Armour

I had to share this wonderful review for John Kinsella's new collection, Armour, in Stride magazine. Armour, which has been shortlisted for the T S Eliot Prize, is described as 'a brilliant and necessary book'.

John Kinsella: On Nature Writing

John Kinsella: On Nature Writing

‘I consider myself a writer of the environment - an ethically and politically motivated writer who perceives each poem, each text I write, as part of a resistance against environmental damage’ - John Kinsella on nature writing.