Blind Summits (Sunline Press, Cottesloe, Western Australia 2020)

A series of 100 linked prose-poems by West Australian poets Christopher Konrad and Ross Bolleter. 

The Crow Flies Backwards (Wisdom Books, 2018)

It is the first substantial treatment of Zen koans drawn from Western sources, pioneering the Western koan as a vital aspect of contemporary Zen practice.

Du Piano-épave (Lenka Lente, Nantes, 2017)​   

The Five Ranks of Dongshan: Keys to Enlightenment (Wisdom Books, Massachusetts, 2014)​   

Piano Hill (Fremantle Press, 2008) Includes poems inspired by pianos, ruined and otherwise.

All the Iron Night (Smokebush Press, 2004) Poems of love, sex and death.


The Well Weathered Piano, published by Lenkalente Press with a translation into French by Guillaume Belhomme, July 2016​.

Average Human Heart (2015): sixty odd left hand stories and poems.


  • Ruin (2013) Text for Antoinette Carrier’s booklet of photographs of Ruined Pianos. We are planning a more extensive book exploring the themes of ruin through photographs and text.​​

  • Fostering Creative Improvisation at the Keyboard: a handbook for Piano Teachers (1979).

The ruined piano project has been documented through the four editions of The Well Weathered Piano (4th and final edition 2014). There are also two published books of poems: All the Iron Night (Smokebush Press, 2004) and Piano Hill (Fremantle Press, 2009) – the latter including poems about ruined piano.


  • Andrew Ford, “Things fall apart in the music of Ross Bolleter,” in A Defence of Classical Music (ABC Books, 2005) pp. 143-151.

  • Interview de Ross Bolleter par Guillaume Belhomme (2007) – Le son du grisly.  grisly.canalblog.com/archives/2007/01/15/5825300.html

  • Andy Hamilton,  Bolleter, Ross, "Rescue Operation," about the Australian pianist who specializes in playing "ruined pianos," “International Piano” Mar/Apr 2011, p.54-57.

  • Jason Cotter’s essay, “Sanctuary of Ruin: Touring West Australia’s Piano Graveyard” at http://www.terrain.org/articles/27/cotter.htm. An account of the Ruined Piano Sanctuary at Kim Hack’s and Penny Mossop’s Wambyn Olive Farm.


  • An Invitation to Ruin – a film on my work with ruined pianos by Rob Castiglione. Premiered at the Totally Huge New Music Festival in May 2015 to a large and enthusiastic audience.

  • Ross Bolleter performs on five ruined pianos and tells stories at the Round House–http://vimeo.com/92599609.  This video by Antoinette Carrier is an edited version of Ross Bolleter’s two concerts on 5 ruined Pianos at the Round House, Fremantle, as part of the Fremantle Festival on October 26 & 27, 2013. West Australian stories which have as their theme the piano – ruined or otherwise –are interspersed with ruined piano improvisations.  

Filmed: Antoinette Carrier

Sound recording: Anthony Cormican

Edited: Antoinette Carrier

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