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Rob Walker Rob Walker i(A22526 works by)
Also writes as: 'Ethel Malley'
Born: Established: 1953 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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Beginning his education at Cowandilla Primary and Plympton High Schools in Adelaide, Walker went on to gain an Advanced Diploma of Teaching in Social Science at the Western Teachers' College (later University of South Australia) and is a teacher of music and drama at a SA state school.

It was not until the mid 1990s that he began publishing his poetry. Since then he has has a large number of his poems published in poetry ezines in Australia, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Canada, the United States and Ireland, and more recently has had work published in print journals and anthologies in Australia, New Zealand, the USA and the UK.

He has travelled through Asia and Europe, and his experiences are reflected in his poetry. He often involves children, close observation of his own environment or the use of humour to reflect on more weighty social and political subjects.

Walker has also dabbled in the composition of music and lyrics, and has produced two CDs with positivespin (a group which assists teachers, parents and mental health professionals to promote emotional well-being in children and youth). He has worked in community and improvised theatre.

See Notes below for information on works not individually indexed on AustLit.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes as 'rob walker', in part to differentiate himself from a US journalist/ columnist who also occasionally writes poetry.
  • Additional works:

    In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, Rob Walker has also published the following works:

    • 'Blue Wren', Four and Twenty 6.4 (April 2013): 36. (Available at
    • 'A Better World', Sandra Thibodeaux's Poet in Residence blog, 13 July 2011. (Available at
    • poetry insert included with the CD A Rain from the Shadows by the Zephyr Quartet: includes the poems 'Shearwaters', '山reflecting', and 'Dunes'.
    • 'NaCL' (InDaily Adelaide independent news website, posted on 12 January 2015). (Available at
    • 'Paperclips' (InDaily Adelaide independent news website, posted on 18 June 2015). (Available at
    • 'Poem on the Underground' (spoken word / music) on Going Down Swinging 23 (CD), 2006.
    • 'Leaving School @ Lunchtime' (spoken word / music), on Going Down Swinging 25 (CD), 2007.
    • 'The Importance of Civility : What We Can Learn from Japan' (essay), broadcast on ABC Radio National’s Ockham’s Razor program and Radio Australia. Transcript available online:
    • 'Radiology' (poem) (a collaboration with Magdalena Ball), Australian Medical Journal, April 2006 (unsighted).
    • 'Bunya' (poem) InDaily Adelaide independent news website, posted on 6 January 2016. (Available at
    • 'Monkey Puzzle' (poem) InDaily Adelaide independent news website, posted on 6 January 2016. (Available at
    • 'Clearview (poem) InDaily Adelaide independent news website, posted on 2 December 2015. (Available at

Awards for Works

A Clarity of Smog i "nine days in japan and already you’re a megalomaniac", 2014 single work poetry
— Appears in: Foam:e , 20 Mar vol. 11 no. 2014; Australian Poetry Members Anthology 2014; (p. 70)
2015 winner Satura Prize
The Tale of the Blinman Blowie i "The bushland of Australia is Nature's work of art", 1988 single work poetry humour
— Appears in: The Bronze Swagman Book of Bush Verse 1988; (p. 17-19)
1988 highly commended The Bronze Swagman Award for Bush Verse
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