Leslie Allen "Les" Carlyon, AC, is an Australian writer, who was born in northern Victoria in 1942. He has been editor of Melbourne's journal of record, The Age, as well as editor-in-chief of The Herald and Weekly Times Ltd, and has twice won the Walkley Award for journalism. In 1993 he won the Graham Perkin Australian journalist of the year award.
His book Gallipoli, a popular history of the Allied Gallipoli campaign in the Dardanelles during the First World War (which remains a key event in the Australian and New Zealand national consciousnesses), was published in 2001, and met with critical and commercial success in Australia, New Zealand and England. The book was the basis for the Australian 2015 TV miniseries Gallipoli, released in the year of the 100th anniversary of the campaign.
In the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List, Carlyon was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC), for "eminent service to literature through the promotion of the national identity as an author, editor and journalist, to the understanding and appreciation of Australia's war history, and to the horseracing industry".
- Walkley Award for magazine feature writing 1971
- Graham Perkin Journalist of the Year Award 1993
- Walkley Award for journalism leadership 2004
- Melbourne Press Club Quill Award for Lifetime Achievement 2004
- Prime Minister's Prize for History 2007 (for The Great War)
- Tippet, Gary ‘Carlyon, a character-driven gem’ The Age 4 December 2004.
- Carlyon, Les, Gallipoli, 2001, ISBN 0-385-60475-0, Random House (cover biography notes)
- Carlyon, Les The Great War, Macmillan, 2006.ISBN 9781405037990
- "Companion (AC) in the General Division of the Order of Australia" (PDF). 8 June 2014. Retrieved 8 June 2014.
- Les Carlyon at the Internet Movie Database
- ‘Gallipoli in a Nation’s Remembrance’; Australian War Memorial Anniversary Oration by Les Carlyon; 11 November 2004(transcript and audio)
- Les Carlyon 'The Write Stuff' The Age 21 March 2005
- Transcript of interview, 30 June 2006 by Andrew Denton on ABC television program Enough Rope
- [http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2007/s1906593.htm Transcript of interview by Tony Jones 25 May 2007 on ABC television program Lateline
- Les Carlyon and Barrie Cassidy in Conversation: Writer Les Carlyon and sports journalist Barrie Cassidy talk about the interplay between sport and war. This discussion, held at the State Library of Victoria on 19 August 2008, was part of the program of events for the Sport and War exhibition
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