Philip Salom

Philip Salom has published fifteen books of poetry and six novels. His awards for poetry have been both national and international, and include twice winning the Commonwealth Poetry Book Prize in London, the Western Australian Premier’s Prize and the Newcastle Poetry Prize. Philip has also been recognised with the prestigious Christopher Brennan Award, a lifetime award for poetry “of sustained quality and distinction”. Philip Salom was recently awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award of the 4th Boao International Poetry Award, another major recognition for lifetime achievements in Poetry. The award ceremony was held at the Boao Asian Forum, Hainan, China in November 2021.

Two slightly unexpected collections by Salom are written through his heteronyms – The Keeper of Fish by Alan Fish, and Keeping Carter by MA Carter.

His novels have also attracted wide-ranging acclaim. Both Waiting (2016) and The Returns (2019) were shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award. The Fifth Season (2020) was longlisted for the Miles Franklin and the ALS Gold Medal, and Playback (1991) won the WA Premier’s Prize for Fiction.

Philip Salom’s website

Puncher & Wattmann titles by Philip Salom