Winner of the 1999 David Unaipon Award for his volume of poetry 'Of Muse, Meandering and Midnight', Samuel Wagan Watson is a Brisbane-based writer and Public Art Project Manager. His first collection was Itinerant Blues and then followed by Hotel Bone. Most recently, his fourth collection, Smoke-Encrypted Whispers, won the 2005 NSW Premier's Literary Award for Book of the Year and Best Fiction.

Sam is a poet commissioned for the Rhyming The Dead Radio Series.

Click here to read A Wild Bee, his reflection on his great friend and mentor, Martin Harrison.


  • 4. Hands Disappear Into Wood - Rhyming The Dead - Sam Wagan Watson & Melody Paloma
  • Sam Wagan Watson reads 'Wiped'
  • Sam Wagan Watson reads 'Old Ghost Dogs'


  • Fame, family and the writing circuit