Tom Thompson is a publisher of Australian literature. His own books include Growing Up in the 60s, and he regularly values collectables over ABC Radio.

Tom Thompson is a publisher of Australian literature and history, who represents the estates of Arthur Upfield and Mary Gilmore. He was publisher for the Australian Bicentennial Authority, and publisher of Literature at Angus & Robertson before acquiring a major part of the A & R backlist in 1996. His own works include the memoir, Growing Up in the 60s, which was broadcast by ABC Radio (Bolinda Audio 2013), and histories of Kings Cross, Parkes and Hurstville Oval (all with Elizabeth Butel). He created and produced Sydney Writers Week (1985 -88), linking the ABC and Fairfax to events at Sydney Town Hall.

He has commissioned many of Australia’s major poets including Les Murray, Judith Wright, Gwen Harwood and Robert Adamson; and authors such as Robyn Davidson, Kate Grenville, Elizabeth Jolley, Tom Cole, Ruby Langford and Peter Goldsworthy. His DVD Lewis Morley, Photographer was released this year by the ABC, who also broadcast his productions of The Food Diaries, The Glugs of Gosh and The Sentimental Bloke. He has an abiding interest in film and Aboriginal studies, and is currently co-producing a new TV series of Upfield’s Aboriginal detective ‘Bony’, and developing Mudrooroo’s Wild Cat Falling after producing an audio version with the author.

His Hidden Treasures program with Tony Delroy’s Nightlife (ABC Radio) has been going for 16 years, as well as a Collectors program with Claudia Chan Shaw (Weekends with Simon Marnie). He has a long experience of working with Australian artists, producing books for Lloyd Rees, researcher for a film on Brett Whiteley, and several books with Garry Shead, whose portrait of him won the 1993 Archibald Prize. Works with Shead include illustrated versions of DHL Lawrence, Ern Malley and Henry Miller, including his edits of two previously unpublished Miller novels, Paris 1928 (2013) and Capricorne (French edition 2013), which is being adapted for a feature film.