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.

Forthcoming and recent titles

Slush Pile by Ian Shadwell was launched on 29th June at the Art Gallery of New South Wales. Other recent fiction releases include Out of Print by Julian Croft, which was launched at the 2014 Newcastle Writers Festival. Recent poetry releases include Andy Kissane’s fourth book of poetry, Radiance; Palace of Culture by Ania Walwicz; and Regulator by Benjamin Dodds.  Look out too for David Foster's, The Niqab and the Mumkin: Essays 1999-2012, and Matthew Holt’s Assymetries, which will be


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 - each month or so a guest P&W author posts their thoughts. Philip Salom started things off, followed by Bonny Cassidy.

Spring Sale

 Anthologies & Biographies  $15 inc. postage



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Awards for P&W books

Our books have been shortlisted or won most of the major literary prizes in the country. Most recently, Kim Cheng Boey's  collection Clear Brightness was shortlisted in the 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature. Julie Chevalier's Darger:


Global News snippets

Poet Laureate leads protest against prison book rules

Writers and actors opposed to new rules stopping people sending books to inmates have held a protest outside Pentonville Prison in north London. Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy joined demonstrators including actress Vanessa Redgrave.


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