Puncher & Wattmann

Puncher & Wattmann is an independent publisher of quality Australian writing. Since 2005, we have published anthologies and many award-winning books of poetry, novels, biography and critical non-fiction.

The P&W website

Welcome to the P&W website. Make sure you spend some time checking out our book pages - we have samples available from most books, as well as links to reviews. 

And check out our blog too - In 2014 guest P&W authors posted their thoughts. We'll be continuing this series in the new year.

Summer Sale

 Anthologies & Biographies  $15 inc. postage


All P&W anthologies and biographies are available at the special price of $15 per title until this offer ends. This is a great opportunity to pick up some great books at a bargain price.

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2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards

Andy Kissane's Radiance and Jill Jones' The Beautiful Anxiety have been shortlisted for the poetry section of the 2015 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards. From the Judges' reports:

Radiance is a perfectly titled collection – these poems shine with the wit and emotional warmth of Andy Kissane’s writing. His power of poetic narrative sets up a fine balance between acuity of detail and action. People, places and events are portrayed with a calm yet unexpected strength of compassion, rich


Awards for P&W books

Our books have been shortlisted or won most of the major literary prizes in the country. Jill Jones' The Beautiful Anxiety won the 2015 Victorian Premier's prize for poetry, and Andy Kissane's Radiance was shortlisted for the same prize. Kim Cheng Boey's  collection Clear Brightness was shortlisted in the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Julie Chevalier's Darger: His Girls and


From the P&W Blog...

On not knowing

In December I responded to remarks by Fairfax book critic Andrew Riemer concerning Lionel G Fogarty’s poem in the Best Australian Poems 2013 (Black Inc, ed. Lisa Gorton). As I pointed out, it seemed unbelievable that Riemer selected Fogarty’s work as an example of what he saw as “in the strictest sense of the term, meaningless” poetry contained in the anthology. 

From the entry On not knowing


I always wanted to found a University of Woollomoolo based on a variation of this worthwhile project: you contact the Uni, find the course/lecturer you want and you pay for your education by...

From the entry Poetry with strangers