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Sometimes they put you in seas
or rivers without telling you.

~from ‘The Slide’ by Jill Jones 

Our partnership 

In 2011, The Red Room Company was approached by Dr Thomas Wohlfahrt of the Literaturwerkstatt Berlin, to become the Australian partner for their international platform, which features the work of over 1000 poets from across the globe, in original and in translation, in text and audio. The Red Room Company, as the Australian partner, is bringing Australian poets to new audiences, as well as commissioning translations into English.

We are growing...

Over the past three years we’ve published and promoted 87 poems by 15 Australian poets. Of these, a number have already been translated into German, French and Chinese, with more translations to come. We have also commissioned 15 Australian poets to translate 80 poems from German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Arabic, Farsi, Indonesian, Swedish, Russian, and Chinese. 

Along with the audio recordings of the poems and the translations, we also recorded some interviews with the poets, which are available to listen to online. In the next few years, we hope to grow this project and take Australian poets overseas, to major festivals in Berlin, Rotterdam and beyond.

Poets involved in the project include: 

Adam Aitken 
Ali Alizadeh 
Ken Bolton 
Peter Boyle 
Pam Brown  
Chris Edwards 
Kate Fagan 
Michael Farrell 
Lionel Fogarty 
Lisa Gorton 
Martin Harrison 
Fiona Hile 
Jill Jones 
Fiona Wright 
Ouyang Yu 

We’re extremely proud of this project that celebrates the cultural and linguistic diversity of Australian poetry and enriches dialogues between global literatures. 

“Great periods of poetic activity have always been great periods of poetry translation.” ~ Lyrikline poet, Peter Boyle


The Red Room Company’s collaboration with Lyrikline has been made possible through the generous support of the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

Online Store

Visit our online store to purchase publications and materials from this project. The Red Room Company is a not-for-profit organisation. All funds raised support the ongoing work of The Red Room Company.