The results are in! A whopping number of people responded to our survey, and we’re still sifting through the results to find the patterns and trends that are going to help us better advocate for poetry in Australia. In the meantime, though, we wanted to make sure that the raw data is freely available, so that everyone who participated–and everyone who is interested!–can find out where they fit in Australia’s poetry landscape.
A few of the results really surprised us – for example, a staggering 91% of you read poetry online, and about 65% of you use social media to stay find out about events and opportunities in the poetry world. It’s increasingly a digital world for poets, with the Internet connecting regional poets to the city centre.
Phenomenally, 94.87% of you write poetry yourselves–alongside short stories, science fiction, technical manuals, lyrics, essays, and more. The bulk of you began writing as a child or a teenager, and have been writing for 20 years or more. More than 40% write in collaboration with other artists, and many also practice across music, theatre, and visual art.
There are plenty more facts and stats in our report, below–have a browse, pass it around, and if you see anything that surprises you, write in and tell us what it is!
Find out more in the complete report, here:
About the Australian Poetry Census
The Census is Australian Poetry’s inaugural nationwide survey of poets and poetry readers. Though we keep our ears to the ground, we realise that there’s always scope for learning more about the issues that poets find important, and about the myriad publishing and performance activities taking place across the country. We hope that this survey will provide a comprehensive look at what is happening in Australian poetry in 2013.
We received responses from readers and writers of poetry, from teachers, librarians, booksellers, podcasters, and anyone and everyone whose lives brush up against poetry from time to time. Thank you all for taking the time to stand up and be counted.