Colin Simpson

(Edwin) Colin Simpson, author. After leaving school, Colin Simpson worked in advertising before becoming a journalist. He was also a proficient writer of verse. His long poem ‘Infidelities’ was included in Trio(1931) with poems from Kenneth Slessor and Harley Matthews. But he is, perhaps, better-known in the history of Australian poetry as the Sydney Sun journalist who broke the story of the Ern Malley Hoax.Simpson joined the ABC in 1947 to write travel documentaries, an occupation that prepared him for his successful career as a freelance writer of popular travel books. In addition to these publications, Simpson also published the novel Come Away, Pearler (1952). He was for some time the Vice-president of the Australian Society of Authors and he was instrumental in securing the Public Lending Right legislation for Australian authors. For his services to Australian literature, he was made OBE in 1981.

Books in order of publication:

Adam in Ochre: Inside Aboriginal Australia1951
Adam with Arrows1953
Islands of Men – Inside Melanesia1955
The Country Upstairs: Japan Today1956
Wake Up in Europe1959
Plumes and Arrows: Inside New Guinea1962
This is Russia, and Central Asian republics of the Soviet Union1965
Greece: The Unclouded Eye1969
The New Australia1972
Bali And Beyond1972
Off To Asia: Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau1973
This Is Japan1975
Wake Up To New Zealand1976
Pleasure Islands of the South Pacific1979
Blue Africa: travel in South Africa etc.1981
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