Alex Miller (1936–), is an Australian novelist. His first novel, Watching the Climbers on the Mountain was published in 1988. Since then, he has won many awards for his fiction. He has twice won the Miles Franklin award, for The Ancestor Game (1993) and for Journey to the Stone Country (2003), and also twice won the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, for Conditions of Faith (2001) and Lovesong (2011).
Morag Fraser has written about Journey to the Stone Country (2002) as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read her essay.
Further Reading and Links
Brenda Walker reviews Alex Miller: The Ruin of Time (2014) in the December 2014 issue of ABR
Jane Goodall reviews The Novels of Alex Miller: An Introduction (2012) in the June 2012 issue of ABR
Brian Matthews reviews Coal Creek (2013) in the October 2013 issue of ABR
Morag Fraser reviews Autumn Laign (2011) in the October 2011 issue of ABR
Open Page with Alex Miller in the October 2009 issue of ABR
Jane Sullivan, Interview: Alex Miller, Sydney Morning Herald, 5 October 2013
Andrea Streeton reviews Journey to the Stone Country, Sydney Morning Herald, 16 November 2002
‘Miles author hits out at ‘‘dud’’ Rudd’, Jason Steger, The Age, 22 April 2010
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Elizabeth Jolley AO (4 June 1923–13 February 2007) was an English-born writer who moved to Western Australia in 1959 with her husband Leonard Jolley and their three children. She was fifty-three when her first book, Five Acre Virgin and Other Stories (1976), was published, and she went on to publish fifteen novels (including an autobiographical trilogy), four short story collections and three non-fiction books. She won The Age Book of the Year Award three times (for Mr Scobie's Riddle (1983), My Father's Moon (1989)and The Georges' Wife(1993)) and she won the Miles Franklin Award for The Well (1986). She was recognised in Australia with an AO for services to literature and was awarded Honorary Doctorates from Curtin University (1986); Macquarie (1995), Queensland (1997) and The University of New South Wales (2000).
Delys Bird wrote about Miss Peabody's Inheritance as part of Copyright Agency's Reading Australia project. Click here to read her essay.
Further reading and Links
Francesca Rendle-Short's review of The House of Fiction by Susan Swingler published in the May 2012 issue of ABR.
'The Jolley Deception' by Susan Wyndham, published in The Age 28
'Fiction and lies: what we learn from Elizabeth Jolley’s love letters' by Elizabeth Webby, published in The Conversation 29 October 2013
David Williamson (1942–) is one of Australia's most decorated playwrights. Writer of award-winning theatre, film and television, David's works have remained consistently relevant, with new seasons performed yearly. He has won awards in both film and theatre, with The Removalists earning him the George Devine Award as well as the prestige of being the first foreigner to win the award. The Removalists was the first of Williamson's plays to head abroad, being performed in London in the early 1970's. Later being adapted for the screen by Williamson, staring Jacki Weaver and Peter Cummins, the film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival, receiving critical praise. Williamson continues to produce works for stage and screen with his recent successes including Balibo (2009) and Rupert (2013).
James McNamara has written about The Removalists as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read his essay.
Further reading and links
'40 years on, The Removalists is still asking big questions', Natalie Bochenski, The Brisbane Times, 12 August 2014
'Still facing the brutal reality', Elissa Blake, Sydney Morning Herald,
Video interview with David Williamson for Brisbane Powerhouses' 2013 season performance of The Removalists
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Thomas Keneally (1935–) is an award-winning Australian novelist and historian.. Keneally won the 1982 Booker Prize for Schindler’s Ark, which would go on to win Oscars as the 1993 film Schindler’s List. Keneally has won the Miles Franklin Award twice for Bring Larks and Heroes in 1967 and Three Cheers for the Paraclete in 1968. Keneally wrote The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith in 1972.
Academic and author Tony Birch has written on The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith for ABR as part of the Reading Australia project. Click here to read his essay.
Further reading and links
An ABC Radio recording of an interview with Phillip Adams and Thomas Keneally ‘Should “the Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith” have been written?’ (broadcast 28 May 2001)
The transcripts of an interview by the Screen Australia Digital Learning website for the Australian Biography Project. Robin Hughes interviews Thomas Keneally, 9-11 September 2002 http://www.australianbiography.gov.au/subjects/keneally/interview1.html
Luke Buckmaster rewatches the film for The Guardian 'The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith re-watched - beautiful but savage' 12 September 2014
The Australian Screen Organisation archives website notes on the film
Open Page with Tom Keneally from the October 2010 issue of Australian Book Review
Alex O'Brien reviews A Country Too Far: Writings on Asylum Seekers edited by Rosie Scott and Tom Keneally for the March 2014 issue of Australian Book Review.
Phil Brown reviews The Daughters Of Mars by Tom Keneally for the June 2012 issue of Australian Book Review
Raimond Gaita was born in Germany in 1946. He is Emeritus Professor of moral philosophy at Kings College London and a Professorial fellow at the Melbourne Law School and the faculty of Arts of the University of Melbourne.
His books have been published in many translations. They include: Good and Evil: An Absolute Conception (1991), Romulus, My Father (1998), A Common Humanity, The Philosopher’s Dog (2002) and After Romulus (2011). A feature film of Romulus, My Father was released in 2007, and won the AFI award for Best Film, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor and Best Young Actor.
Kári Gíslason has written about Romulus, My Father as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read his essay.
Further Reading and Links
Paul Morgan reviews After Romulus by Raimond Gaita for the October 2011 issue of Australian Book Review
Jean Curthoys reviews A Sense for Humanity: The Ethical Thought of Raimond Gaita edited by Craig Taylor with Melinda Graeffe for the October 2014 issue of Australian Book Review
Craig Taylor reviews The Antipodean Philosopher, Volume 2: Interviews with Australian and New Zealand Philosophers edited by Graham Oppy and N.N. Trakakis for the December 2012 - January 2013 issue of Australian Book Review
'From Frogmore, Victoria: Understanding Raimond Gaita' by Helen Garner, published in The Monthly, May 2007
'Truth, writing and national belonging in Romulus, My Father' by Brigitta Olubas, published in Australian Humanities Review, Issue 43, December 2007
John Romeril (1945–) is a contemporary Australian playwright. He was born in Melbourne and attended Monash University, during which time he wrote his first plays, I Don't Know Who To Feel Sorry For (1969) and Chicago, Chicago (1970). He went on to become a founding member of the Australian Performing Group and he has written over forty works, including scripts for film and television. He has won numerous awards, including the Canada-Australia Literary Award in 1976, the Victorian Government Drama Fellowship in 1988 and the Asialink Playwrighting Competition in 2004. In 2008 he won the Patrick White Award for creative services to Australian literature.
Susan Lever has written about The Floating World as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read her essay.
Further reading and links
James Waites reviews Hamlet and The Floating World in the November 2013 issue of ABR
Pram factory interview with Bruce Spence who played Les Harding in the 1974 production of The Floating World
YouTube videos made for Griffin Theatre Company's 2013 production
‘Humour Cannot Hide Horror of an Old World’. Steven Dow, Sydney Morning Herald, September 16, 2013
‘The Floating World’. Simon Blnns, Time Out Sydney, October 4, 2013
‘Review: The Floating World, Griffin Theatre, Sydney’. Regina Botros, Crikey, October 17, 2013
Margaret Throsby interviews John Romeril, Radio National, October 14, 2013