Peter Lach-Newinsky

Peter lives with his wife Barbara in Bundanoon in the southern highlands of New South Wales in Australia. Their 20 acre working property is designed along permaculture lines and includes 120 heritage apple varieties. Peter is a published author of poetry and essays. He has won the Vera Newsom Poetry Prize, the Melbourne Poets Union International Poetry Prize (2009 and 2010) and been runner-up or shortlisted for several major Australian poetry awards.

Publications: Cut a Long Story Short (Puncher & Wattmann, Glebe/Sydney, 2014); The Southern Highlands Poetry Anthology (ed., self-published 2013 with a community grant from the local Council); Requiem (Picaro Press New Work, Cardiff NSW 2012); Collidoscope (Mark Time Books, Castlemaine 2011); On the Innocence of Clouds (Picaro Press Wagtail Series No. 104, Warner’s Bay NSW 2011); The Post-Man Letters & Other Poems (Picaro Press New Work, Cardiff NSW 2010); The Knee Monologues and Other Poems (Picaro Press, Warners Bay NSW 2009); Working with Poetry (Ferdinand Kamp Verlag, Bochum Germany 1986, co-author Martin Seletzky).

All these books except The Southern Highlands Poetry Anthology, Collidoscope and Working With Poetry can be purchased online at Picaro Press ( or Puncher & Wattmann ( The SH Poetry Anthology ($15) and Collidoscope ($5) can be bought by emailing Peter at [Other prices: Cut a Long Story Short $25, Requiem $15, The Post-Man Letters $15, The Knee Monologues $5, On the Innocence of Clouds $5].

30 Responses to “Peter Lach-Newinsky”

  1. Lieber Peter,hab grad mit Freude deinen Böhme-essay gelesen,und
    nehme gerne deinen Vorschlag an,Dir meine Adresse zu senden,an die
    Du gerne deinen poetry Band schicken kannst:Michael Plesse,Rainsborn 1,D-34295 Edermünde,Germany.Gratulations,melde mich per email,auch zum Thema Transition towns in Germany,ciao,Michael

  2. Peter,

    Your Ecologica website appeared when I was searching for Blenheim Orange in Australia but an email to the quoted address bounced. I would like to obtain either dormant or summer budwood at some stage if this is possible.

    If you have an interest in expanding your apple collection I could help with budwood of most of the cider apple varieties in Australia. You can read about the various ciders via the two webpages:

    Click to access Growing-cider-apples.pdf

    I was interested to see that you have used the information that Clive Winmill prepared. It’s a shame that Clive and Margaret are no longer active in the apple area as their ability with apple identification was probably about the best available.

    Look forward to your advice


    David Pickering
    Orange Agricultural Institute, NSW Dept of Industry & Investment
    Forest Road, Orange, NSW 2800, Australia
    phone 02 6391 3800 fax 02 6391 3899 mobile 042 727 1477

  3. wow, peter- I’m so glad you found me. i’ve been thinking of australia a great deal more often than I usually do, so it’s nice to run into you. thanks for the kudos, and ditto! KIT

  4. Danke sehr an den Webmaster.

    Gruss Tina

  5. Very Nice website. I just finished mine and i was looking for some design ideas and you gave me a few. Did you develop the website alone?


    • Thanks Robyn. I didn’t develop anything. I just use one of the many standard WordPress layouts (‘themes’) called Chaotic Soul. Easy peasy. P.

  6. Admiring the commitment you put into your blog and detailed information you present. It’s good to come across a blog every once in a while that isn’t the same unwanted rehashed material. Wonderful read! I’ve bookmarked your site and I’m adding your RSS feeds to my Google account.

  7. Superb post and good domain by the way!

  8. Discovered this site while doing a google search to find some (royalty free) images to put in the cover art of my song “Cool To My Drama”. I embed my cover art (1000 x 1000 px) in the MP3 so if you’re listening through an iTunes player or any player that can display to that size, it can look quite effective.

    Anyway, great site Peter! I’ll definately return to check it out some more.

    I’d like to send you a copy of my “Cool To My Drama” song. I’m going to make it available as a free download to anyone who joins my mailing list. I wrote it back in 2006; corporate imperialism, alienation, addictions, war, environment, general awareness etc. Let me know where to send it, if you will.

  9. Thanks Peter.

    FYI, you can now access my song “Cool To My Drama” as well as get FREE cover art c/- my featured blog post titled “”Cool To My Drama DEMO” at my website (link in signature & Gravatar image)

  10. Dear Peter – have been wanting to email you for ages but cant find your email any more in my computer. Want to thank you for links to material you sent me a couple of years ago, and would have posted you a copy ofthe oceans isuse of Pacific Ecologist if I had your postal address. hope all is well with you… please email if possible.. very best wishes
    Kay Weir –

  11. […] Be enjoying you soon Melbourne town. Some additional ballad(s) reviews have come in, my thanks to Peter Lach-Newinsky for the translation on one. I’m in Brisbane this weekend (13th-15th) for another Cage […]

  12. Sorry to post this here. I sent a longer message via your Znet page, but just want to send it here as well.

    Hi Peter,

    I just wanted to say how much I appreciated your latest IOPS blog post. I couldn’t agree with you more about the urgency of the ecological crisis, and with your concrete proposals.

    I always enjoy reading your posts. I also follow your blog.

    I see you used the term ‘ecocide’ in your post. Do you know Polly Higgins? The website is:

    She and others (some from the London Occupy movement) are producing a documentary called Wild Law. It will be shot mid-January.

    One member of London Occupy, another legal activist, is involved within the Green Party in trying to promote a community bill of rights. Links are:

    There is also an excellent TEDx event happening next month in London:
    Watch out for it once the videos are posted.

    One of the speakers at the TEDx event is IOPS member Raoul Martinez. He has created the excellent documentary Creating Freedom. I can definitely recommend it, as well as recommending him as a person. A lovely guy. Maybe try to arrange a screening in Australia, or at least generate interest? Have a look:

    Also Raoul’s father is a writer. You may appreciate some of his work:

    Just thought you’d be interested. Please spread the word about whatever you find to be of value. So much of great importance and hope is happening in the world!

    All the best!
    Zane Hannan

    • Hi Zane, great to hear from you again and many thanks for the comments. Hope you’re well. Also thanks for the links, will check out asap, look interesting. Had heard of Polly Higgin’s legal attempts, but not the others. Raoul Martinez sounds interesting. Am a little frustrated by the IOPS fixations and development, but will give it a bit more time… All the best to you too!

  13. You might find this interesting:
    Have a great new year!

    • Thanks Zane, looks like a very good retreat, with the essential task… Have forwarded it to a few people in Oz just out of interest. And a happy new year to you too. P.

  14. Peter, i want to let you know that we are going ahead with partnering you with an international lighting designer for a public art proposal for the city of sydney. your poem Sydney Refracted has been the inspiration for this. Fingers crossed we get short listed!

  15. hi peter! My name is breakfast, I found your blog because I was looking for jpg’s of the “beet the system” graphic I drew like 13 years ago! I don’t have the original copy so I have to search the web every time I want the image… anyway I like your blog and appreciate the compliment of you posting my artwork on it! I was wondering if you could help spread my kickstarter link around so I can make more stickers!

    I would greatly appreciate this since we are broke and want to make more stickers, which I would be happy to send to you even all the way on the other side of the globe! thanks so much…

  16. Dear Peter, alright I try to contact you on this way. Happy New YEAR and an advise from snakebath, germany: My new film BUTTERFLY STORIES is in the official selection of the 8th BYRON BAY FILMFESTIVAL – Starts end of the month in NSW. Would be cool if you, Barbara or Sash would join the screening and make some publicity. I would love to go – but I can´t. I feel more comfortable to communicate more stuff by e-mail. AVANTI POPOLO! Chris

    • Tag Christoph! Sieht wieder aus wie ein dufter Schuch-Film, toll. Quirky, schraeg und schoen. Poetic. Vielleicht kriegste den auch wieder bei SBS unter und dann koennen wir ihn sehen. Byron Bay ist leider am anderen Ende von NSW, wie du weisst. Happy ihn wenigtsens hier aufm blog zu featuren. Alles Gute, Genosse, und schoene Gruesse an die Familie, Peter

  17. and this is our facebook-connection.

  18. Hi, Peter. I’m working on a project of getting grassroots groups from around the world to meet up, share their views, priorities and projects, and see if we can begin to articulate a more global agenda. The list of grassroots organizations you worked up is very useful. I’d like to run the idea by you if you have time. Let me know. Jeff Halper (

    • Thanks Jeff. A group I was connected with worked a couple of months in 2015 on a proposal for a Common Global Website, had it translated into French, German, Spanish, Italian and Brazilian-Portuguese and sent it out for feedback/response to over 100 global orgs. We got a response from about 2. Doesn’t seem to be the way to go at present. Wish you luck anyway. Peter

  19. Hi Peter, I’m a member of the Bundanoon Winterfest committee and your name came up as a local Poet. We are hoping to hold a Poet’s Breakfast during Winterfest this year and I’m wondering if you would be interested in performing some of your poetry. You can contact me through Facebook messages or email to Heather

  20. Peter, if you are interested in being in the second edition of this »» I’d like to publish a self-curated group of your poems. Regards.

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