Susan Johnson (Australian author)

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Susan Johnson (born 1956) is an Australian author of literary fiction, memoir, short stories and essays. She has been a full-time writer since 1985, with occasional stints of journalism at Australian newspapers, journals and magazines.[1]

Personal background[edit]

Johnson was born in 1956, in Brisbane, Queensland. She spent her childhood in Sydney but finished her schooling in Nambour, Queensland.[citation needed]

Literary background[edit]

At the National Library of Australia Johnson delivered the 2011 Ray Mathew Lecture[2] entitled "Prodigal Daughter", in which she explored the topic of expatriate Australian women authors, her ambivalent relationship to Australia, and Australia's attitude towards its artists.[3]

Published works[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

  • 1985: Australia Council Literature Board New Writers Grant[2]
  • 1989: Nancy Keesing Fellowship at Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.[2]
APA Book Design Award Best Designed Literary Fiction Book Award The Broken Book, 2006, shortlisted[2]
Association for the Study of Australian Literature ALS Gold Medal The Broken Book, 2006, shortlisted[2]
CAL (Copyright Agency Limited) Waverley Library Award for Literature The Broken Book, 2006, shortlisted[2]
Commonwealth Writers' Prize The Broken Book, 2006, shortlisted[2]
International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award The Broken Book, longlisted 2006.[11]
The Miles Franklin Award The Broken Book, longlisted 2005[12]
National Biography Award A Better Woman, shortlisted 1999.[2]
National Book Council Banjo Award A Big Life, shortlisted 1994.[2]
Nita Kibble Literary Award The Broken Book, shortlisted 2006[2]
Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Fiction Prize The Broken Book, shortlisted 2006[2]
Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Flying Lessons shortlisted, 1991[2]

A Big Life, shortlisted 1994[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Susan Johnson biography". Abetterwoman.net. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "National Library of Australia | Everywhere and Nowhere". Nla.gov.au. 23 August 2011. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Johnson, Susan, 1956 (30 Dec.); National Library of Australia (2011), Prodigal Daughter [sound recording] : 2011 Ray Mathew Lecture presented by Susan Johnson at the National Library of Australia on 23 August 2011 
  4. ^ Tuffield, Aviva (11 September 2001). "Charmian, George and Susan, too – Books". Melbourne: www.theage.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "The owl has flown – Books". www.smh.com.au. 30 October 2004. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Case, Jo (25 August 2008). "Nothing in Common – Susan Johnson talking with Louise Adler: Session Review ·". Readings.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "Life in Seven Mistakes – Book Reviews – Books – Entertainment". smh.com.au. 8 August 2008. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  8. ^ Plunkett, Felicity (11 August 2008). "Life in Seven Mistakes – Book Reviews – Books – Entertainment". Melbourne: theage.com.au. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  9. ^ Jennifer Levasseur (2 August 2008). "Dread central to family life". The Australian. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  10. ^ "Susan Johnson: On beauty – Life Matters – 2 June 2009". Abc.net.au. 2 June 2009. Retrieved 16 September 2011. 
  11. ^ 2006 IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award Longlist http://www.impacdublinaward.ie/2006/longlist.htm
  12. ^ 2005 Miles Franklin Award Longlist, Matilda, 15 April 2005 http://www.middlemiss.org/matilda/2005/04/2005-miles.html

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