Untapped: The Australian Literary Heritage Project

Bringing lost Aussie classics back to life.

It’s hard to believe but many Australian books across all genres (including memoir, fiction and children’s novels) are now out of print and therefore unavailable to readers (even the early winners of the Miles Franklin Literary Award are inaccessible). Untapped is a project that seeks to bring to the fore these languishing titles that will otherwise disappear from our collective consciousness.

This literary heritage venture ‘is a collaboration between authors, libraries and researchers, working together to identify Australia’s lost literary treasures and bring them back to life.‘

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She was the books editor of The Big issue for 8 years. Her debut, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was released by University of Western Australia Publishing (UWAP). Her second collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Her third book, Essence, will be published in 2025. Twitter: @thuy_on Instagram: poemsbythuy