Michael Wilding is emeritus professor at the University of Sydney. He was a founding editor of the UQP’s Asian & Pacific Writing series, of the short story magazine, Tabloid Story, and co-founder of publishers Wild & Woolley, and Paperbark Press. He has also been a milkman, postman, newspaper columnist, apple-picker, Cosmopolitan ‘Bachelor of the Month’, and Chair of the New South Wales Writers’ Centre. He has published twenty-four works of fiction and books of criticism on Milton, Marcus Clarke and Henry Lawson. He has been translated and published in over twenty countries.
144 pages Paperback, 17 x 15 cm Published August 2011 ISBN 9781920882747
Wild & Woolley: A Publishing Memoir is Michael Wilding’s rollicking account of those heady bohemian years in the 1970s and 80s, charting the growth, the experiments, and the changing character of this innovative small press against a background of social upheaval and cultural change in Australia. It is a tale of anarchic energy, peppered with irreverent anecdotes and details – including publication of the best-selling manual All About Grass, the purchase of decommissioned panel vans for ‘urgent book deliveries’ and accounts of long and boozy book launches; and offers vivid portraits of some of the most important literary figures of the time.