1940- Born in the UK, Stephen Knight came to Australia when he was appointed Teaching Fellow at the University of Sydney in 1963, then lecturer in English the following the year. He went on to hold senior positions at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne, before returning to England in 1992 to take up a chair at De Montford University, Leicester. As well as numerous scholarly works in the area of medieval English literature, Knight's long held interest in crime fiction led him to him editing several anthologies of Australian crime stories. He was awarded the Ned Kelly Lifetime Achievement Award in 2001.
Short story collection:
- Ghost writer - Peter Corris
- Portfolio - Brian Castro
- Lady Meredith's Jam - Elizabeth Jolley
- Dead Roses - Archie Weller
- Critical differences - Marion Halligan
- The three of spades - Steve Wright
- Cousin to death - Jean Bedford
- Bloody hide - Robert Hood
- First victim - Kate Stephens
- Bee sting - Robert Wallace
- Unpleasantness at the big boys club - Marele Day
- The Tarpeian Way - Martin Long
- Threshold - Garry Disher
- A corpse at the Opera House - Janette Turner Hospital
Peter Corris was born in Stawell, Victoria in 1942. When he was five his family left the country for Melbourne and he was educated at Melbourne High School and the University of Melbourne. After taking a Master's degree at Monash University and a PhD at the Australian National University (both in History), he was an academic, teaching and researching in various universities and a College of Advanced Education until 1975 when he gave up academia for journalism. He was literary editor of The National Times, 1980-81. He has travelled and lived for short periods in the Pacific, Britain, Europe and the USA.
Series: Cliff Hardy
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Series: Ray Crawley
Marion Halligan is an award-winning novelist, essayist and short story writer. She has been shortlisted for the Dublin IMPAC Prize, the Miles Franklin Award and the Nita B. Kibble. She has also received the Age Book of the Year, the ACT Book of the Year, the Nita B. Kibble Award, the Steele Rudd Award, the Braille Book of the Year, the 3M Talking Book of the Year, and the Geraldine Pascall prize for critical writing. The Fog Garden was shortlisted in the Queensland Premier's Literary Award. The Point, her latest novel, was shortlisted The Courier Mail Book of the Year Award.
Jean Bedford was born in Cambridge, England in 1946 and came to Australia in 1947. She was brought up in Victoria and after university taught English as a second language and worked as a journalist. She was Literary Editor of the National Times and now works as a literary consultant. In 1982 she won the Stanford Writing Fellowship and travelled to the United States to take it up. Jean Bedford's short stories have appeared in Nation Review, The National Times and Meanjin.
Series: Anna Southwood
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Series: Noel Baker
Robert Hood was born on the 24th of July, 1951, in Rydalmere, NSW. He attended Rydalmere Primary School, and then -- when his family moved to Sydney's northern beaches in the 1960s -- Collaroy Plateau Primary School. By the time he reached high school, he had developed a taste for weird movies. In his first year at Narrabeen Boys' High School, he wrote an assignment on H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds. He became obsessed with science fiction and fantasy stories, but read anything he could get his hands on. It's said that his classroom compositions became progressively longer and weirder.
Marele Day grew up in Sydney and graduated from Sydney University with BA (Hons). Her work experience ranges from fruit picking to academic teaching, and she has worked as a freelance editor. She has travelled extensively and lived in Italy, France and Ireland. Travels include a voyage by yacht from Cairns to Singapore which resulted in near shipwreck in the Java Sea. She now resides on the New South Wales north coast.
Series: Claudia Valentine
Martin Long's career has reflected his two main interests - writing and music. He studied at the New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and the University of Sydney before becoming a journalist - a music and film critic, feature writer, features editor and leader writer. He has pursued musicological studies as a hobby and has published work on Elizabethan and Jacobean music.
Series: Wellington Cotter
Gary Disher was born in 1949 and grew up on his parents' farm in South Australia. He gained post graduate degrees from Adelaide and Melbourne Universities. In 1978 he was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, where he wrote his first short story collection. He travelled widely overseas, before returning to Australia, where he taught creative writing, finally becoming a full time writer in 1988. He has written more than 40 titles, including general and crime fiction, children's books, textbooks, and books about the craft of writing.
Series: Alan Auhl
Series: Challis and Destry
Janette Turner Hospital was born in Melbourne in 1942, but her family moved to Brisbane when she was a child. She began her teaching career in remote Queensland high schools, but since her graduate studies she has taught in universities in Australia, Canada, England, France, and the United States. Her first published short story appeared in the Atlantic Monthly (USA) where it won an "Atlantic First" citation in 1978. Her first novel, The Ivory Swing (set in the village in South India where she lived in 1977) won Canada's Seal Award (a $50,000 prize) in 1982. She lived for many years in Canada, and in 1986 she was listed by the Toronto Globe & Mail as one of Canada's "Ten Best Young Fiction Writers". Since then she has won a number of prizes for her seven novels and three short story collections, and her work has been published in twelve languages. Three of her short stories appeared in Britian's annual Best Short Stories in English in their year of publication and one of these, "Unperformed Experiments Have No Results", was selected for The Best of the Best, an anthology of the decade in 1995. Her novel Oyster was a finalist for the Miles Franklin Award, the National Book Council Banjo Award and Canada's Trillium Award. It was a New York Times "Notable Book of the Year", and one of the Observer's Best Books of the Year in the UK. Due Preparations for the Plague won the Queensland Premier's Award for Fiction and the Davitt Award for "Best Crime Novel by an Australian woman in 2003". It was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier's Christiana Stead Award for Fiction. In 2003 Janette Turner Hospital received the Patrick White Award for lifetime literary achievement. Janette Turner Hospital holds an endowed chair as Carolina Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of South Carolina.