Ross Donlon

Born in Ashfield, Sydney, Ross Donlon now lives in Castlemaine, Victoria, where he has convened literary events for over ten years. He has written four full length books of poetry, numerous chapbooks and won two international poetry competitions. Widely published in Australia and Ireland, he has read his poems extensively at home but also in many parts of Europe, including festivals in England and Ireland and other readings in Romania, Poland and Norway. He collaborates with Norwegian musician, Bjorn Otto Wallevik, as a lyricist and director of music videos. Poems about his father, a WW 2 U.S. serviceman from The Blue Dressing Gown were a program on Poetica, a national radio program in Australia. He is publisher of Mark Time Books.

Author's books

For the Record


In his teens, Ross Donlon had poems published in The Bulletin, Australia’s iconic journal, and in 1965, the literary editor predicted ‘an exciting future’ for the young poet. Donlon’s next poem was published thirty-three years later. In a ‘second budding’ he has had many poems published across Australia and overseas and read at festivals both at home and in Europe. For the Record charts his journey as a poet over five decades, including the Bulletin poems, and the later dark and comic poems for which he has become well-known.