For 31 years the UTS Writers’ Anthology—one of the liveliest collections of new writing published in Australia today—has showcased the considerable talent that emerges every year from one of the country’s most respected writing programs. It is an annually published volume available through major bookstores.

And Watch the Whale Explode is the thirty-first, and most recent, in a series that started with Pink Cakes in 1982. Since then, UTS has fostered the careers of many Australian writers. Graduates from the UTS writing program include Bernard Cohen, Mireille Juchau, Andy Kissane, Dominic Knight, Fiona MacGregor, Gillian Mears, Gaby Naher, Mandy Sayer, and Beth Yahp. For many students, the Anthology has marked the start of their writing careers.


Through the UTS writing program students have the unique opportunity of working with some of Australia’s most accomplished and experienced writers. The late and celebrated authors Martin Harrison, Glenda Adams, and Dorothy Porter both taught at UTS, as well as Stephen Muecke, Amanda Lohrey, Jan Hutchinson, Drusilla Modjeska and Cathy Cole. Current writing staff include John Dale, Margot Nash, Debra Adelaide, Anthony Macris, Delia Falconer and Gabrielle Carey.

The UTS Anthology gives both aspiring writers the chance to be published, and fledging editors an opportunity to hone their skills. The editing experience is invaluable for students who, as part of a small editorial committee, work together for several months to take the book from the first stages of content selection and cover design, all the way through to publication and launch.

The Anthology continues to represent some of the very best emerging writers showcasing fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, screenwriting and essays.


‘Of the many anthologies coming out of university writing programs, the annual UTS collection has always been the standout.’ Kerryn Goldsworthy, The Sydney Morning Herald