John Harwood

John Harwood

John Harwood was born in Hobart and educated in Tasmania and at Cambridge University. His published work includes poetry, fiction, biography, environmental journalism, literary criticism, and satire.  His novels The Ghost Writer (2004), The Séance (2008), and The Asylum (2012) have been translated into several languages and won several awards. 

'Gwen Harwood and the perils of reticence: Notes of a son and literary executor' by John Harwood

June 2022, no. 443 23 May 2022
'Gwen Harwood and the perils of reticence: Notes of a son and literary executor' by John Harwood
When Ann-Marie Priest wrote to me in 2015 asking whether she might talk to me about her proposed biography of my mother, and requesting my permission to examine some correspondence in the Fryer Library, which I, as Gwen Harwood’s literary executor, had placed on restricted access, I replied with a terse refusal to cooperate. Since my mother’s death in December 1995, I had kept tight control of ... (read more)