University of Queensland Press

Established in 1948, University of Queensland Press (UQP) is an Australian publishing house.

University of Queensland Press
Parent companyUniversity of Queensland
Country of originAustralia
Headquarters locationBrisbane, Queensland
Key peopleBen James, Director
Publication typesBooks

Founded as a traditional university press, UQP has since branched into publishing books for general readers in the areas of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, Indigenous writing and youth literature.

From 2010, UQP has been releasing selected out-of-print titles in digital formats, in addition to the digital and print publishing of new books.


UQP began as a publisher of scholarly works in 1948, and made its transition into trade publishing in the mid 1960s through its Paperback Poets series.[1] The Paperback Poets series came into being when Australian novelist and poet David Malouf approached publisher Frank Thompson and suggested that poetry ought to be made available widely and inexpensively. Thompson agreed, and UQP's poetry list began with Malouf's first book, Bicycle and Other Poems, alongside volumes by Michael Dransfield and Rodney Hall.[1] Since then, UQP has become Australia's leading poetry publisher, maintaining a poetry list that includes John Tranter, David Malouf, Thomas Shapcott, and many others. It has launched the careers of many Australian writers, such as David Malouf, Peter Carey (novelist), Kate Grenville, Doris Pilkington, Melissa Lucashenko and Nick Earls.

In 1972, during a time of "Australia’s developing awareness of her place in Asia",[2] UQP launched the Asian and Pacific Writing Series,[3] edited by Michael Wilding and later Harry Aveling.

UQP today

UQP currently publishes books for general readers in the areas of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, Indigenous writing and youth literature. Many of UQP's recent fiction and poetry titles have won significant international acclaim, including Peter Carey's True History of the Kelly Gang, which won the 2001 Man Booker Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize.

In 2010, UQP announced that it will release selected out-of-print titles in digital formats, in addition to the digital and print publishing of new books.

Books and authors

The UQP publication list includes novels, short stories, memoirs, essays, and poetry by writers such as Les Murray, Peter Carey, David Malouf, Katharine Susannah Prichard, Kenneth Slessor, Thea Astley, Janette Turner Hospital, Kate Grenville, Beverley Farmer, Lily Brett, Frank Brennan, Ian Lowe, Bernhard Schlink, Olga Masters, Randolph Stow, Michael Dransfield, Bruce Beaver, Jennifer Mills, Gwen Harwood, Melissa Lucashenko, Tony Birch and Elizabeth Jolley.

See also


  1. Sam Martin (March 2010). Publish or Perish? Re-Imagining the University Press. Media and Culture Journal. Volume 13 Issue 1.
  2. Nicholas Jose, UQP Makes History: a personal version, Retrieved 5 November 2019.
  3. Asian and Pacific Writing (University of Queensland Press) - Book Series List, Retrieved 5 November 2019.
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