Rodney Hall

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Rodney Hall AM (born 18 November 1935) is an Australian writer.

Biography[edit]

Born in Solihull, Warwickshire, England, Hall came to Australia as a child after World War II and studied at the University of Queensland (1971).[1] In the 1960s Hall began working as a freelance writer, and a book and film reviewer. He also worked as an actor, and was often engaged by the Australian Broadcasting Commission in Brisbane. Between 1967 and 1978 he was the Poetry Editor of The Australian.[2] He began publishing poetry in the 1970s and has since published thirteen novels, including Just Relations and The Island in the Mind. He lived in Shanghai for a period in the late 1980s. From 1991-1994, he served as chair of the Australia Council.[3]

Hall lives in Victoria. In addition to a number of literary awards, he has received an Membership of Order of Australia.

Rodney's memoir "Popeye Never Told You" was launched in May 2010 and was published by Pier 9.

Awards[edit]

The Miles Franklin Award Just Relations, winner 1982
The Grisly Wife, winner 1994
Captivity Captive, shortlisted 1989
The Second Bridegroom, shortlisted 1992
The Day We Had Hitler Home, shortlisted 2001
Love Without Hope, shortlisted 2008
Victorian Premier's Literary Award Captivity Captive, The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction 1989
The Age Book of the Year The Island in the Mind, Fiction Prize shortlisted 1996
Australian Literature Society Gold Medal The Second Bridegroom, winner 1992
The Day We Had Hitler Home, winner 2001
NBC Banjo Awards Captivity Captive, NBC Banjo Award for Fiction, shortlisted 1989
The Grisly Wife, NBC Banjo Award for Fiction, shortlisted 1994
The Island in the Mind, NBC Banjo Award for Fiction, shortlisted 1997
FAW Barbara Ramsden Award Just Relations, Book of the Year winner 1982
FAW ANA Literature Award Just Relations, winner 1982
Grace Leven Prize for Poetry A Soapbox Omnibus, winner 1973

Bibliography[edit]

Novels[edit]

Poetry[edit]

  • The Climber (1962)
  • Penniless Till Doomsday (1962)
  • Forty Beads on a Hangman's Rope (1963)
  • Eyewitness (1967)
  • The Autobiography of a Gorgon (1968)
  • The Law of Karma (1968)
  • Australia (1970)
  • Heaven, In a Way (1970)
  • A Soapbox Omnibus (1973)
  • Selected Poems (1975)
  • Black Bagatelles (1978)
  • The Most Beautiful World (1981)
  • The Owner of My Face: New and Selected Poems (2002)
  • The public turns to its hero (?)
  • "Dark Afternoons She Spent' (1968)

Fictions[edit]

  • Silence (2011)

Government and politics[edit]

  • Abolish the States! (1998)

Non-fiction[edit]

  • Focus on Andrew Sibley (1968)
  • J. S. Manifold: An Introduction to the Man and His Work (1978)
  • Australia - Image of a Nation 1850-1950 (1983) (the text of a photographic collection)
  • Home: Journey Through Australia (1988)

Autobiography[edit]

  • Popeye Never Told You (2010)

Edited[edit]

  • New Impulses in Australian Poetry (1968) with Thomas Shapcott
  • Australian Poetry 1970 (1970)
  • Poems from Prison (1973)
  • Australians Aware (1975) (a collection of poems and paintings)
  • Voyage into Solitude (1978) (a collection of Michael Dransfield poetry)
  • The Second Month of Spring (1980) (a collection of Michael Dransfield poetry)
  • The Collins Book of Australian Poetry (1981)
  • Michael Dransfield Collected Poems (1987)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Australian Poets and Their Works, by William Wilde. Oxford University Press, 1996
  2. ^ http://www.nla.gov.au/ms/findaids/4834.html#bioghist1 National Library of Australia
  3. ^ Head, Dominic (2006). The Cambridge Guide to Literature in English. Cambridge University Press. p. 475. ISBN 0-521-83179-2.