Richard Tipping

Richard Tipping has published many books of poetry and visual concrete poetry and makes words as art in physical and graphic forms.


Richard (Kelly) Tipping is a widely published poet who also makes word-art including large-scale public works such as the Hear the Art ground sculpture at Lake Macquarie’s Museum of Art and Culture. He currently lives in Maitland and has opened a gallery WordXimage in the main street. See www.wordximage.art

Born in Adelaide, Tipping studied at Flinders University, and co-founded the ongoing Friendly Street poetry readings in 1975. He lived in Europe from 1984 to 1986, making documentary films on expatriate writers. He completed a doctorate at the University of Technology, Sydney, and lectured in media arts at the University of Newcastle until 2010.

UQP published three collections of his poetry: Soft Riots, Domestic Hardcore and Nearer by Far. Recent book books include Tommy Ruff: The Adelaide Poems (PressPress, 2014) and Instant History (Flying Island, 2017). A new book of visual poems Hear the Art will be published by Puncher & Watterman in association with Thorny Devil Press late in 2021, as the second book in their series Visual Poetics.

Richard Tipping

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Domestic Hardcore

Nearer By Far

Instant History

Soft Riots