|Born||4 August 1960
Karrinyup, Western Australia
|Genres||Literature, children's literature, non-fiction, short story|
Timothy John "Tim" Winton (born 4 August 1960) is an Australian novelist and short story writer.
Winton has been named a Living Treasure by the National Trust and awarded the Centenary Medal for service to literature and the community. He is patron of the Tim Winton Award for Young Writers sponsored by the City of Subiaco, Western Australia.
He has lived in Italy, France, Ireland and Greece but currently lives in Fremantle, near Perth, with his wife and three children.
His younger brother is musician and high school chaplain Andrew Winton and his younger sister is Sharyn O'Neill, the current Director General of the WA Education Department.
Literary career 
Whilst at Curtin University of Technology, Winton wrote his first novel, An Open Swimmer, which won The Australian/Vogel Literary Award in 1981, launching his writing career. He has stated that he wrote "the best part of three books while at university". His second book, Shallows, won the Miles Franklin Award in 1984. It wasn't until Cloudstreet was published in 1991, however, that his writing career was properly established. His latest novel, Breath, was published in 2008.
In 1995, Winton’s The Riders was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, as later was his 2002 book, Dirt Music. Both are currently being adapted for film. He has won many other prizes, including the Miles Franklin Award a record four times: for Shallows (1984), Cloudstreet (1992), Dirt Music (2002) and Breath (2009). Cloudstreet is arguably his best-known work, regularly appearing in lists of Australia’s best-loved novels.
He is now one of Australia's most esteemed novelists, writing for both adults and children. All his books are still in print and have been published in eighteen different languages. His work has also been successfully adapted for stage, screen and radio. On the publication of his novel, Dirt Music, he collaborated with broadcaster, Lucky Oceans, to produce a compilation CD, Dirt Music – Music for a Novel.
Young writers award 
The Tim Winton Young Writers Award, sponsored annually by the City of Subiaco, offers children across the Perth metropolitan area the opportunity to develop their writing skills. It is open to primary school and secondary school-aged short story writers. Two compilations have been published, Destination Unknown (2001) and Life Bytes (2002). Winton is the patron of the competition.
Style and themes 
Winton draws his prime inspiration from landscape and place, mostly coastal Western Australia. He has said "The place comes first. If the place isn't interesting to me then I can't feel it. I can't feel any people in it. I can't feel what the people are on about or likely to get up to." His themes often centre on an issue which is described by the character Gail in The Turning when she says that "every vivid experience comes from your adolescence".
Winton revisits place and, occasionally, characters from one book to another. Queenie Cookson, for example, is a character in Breath who also appears in Shallows, Minimum of Two and in two of the Lockie Leonard books.
Environmental advocacy 
Winton is actively involved in the Australian environmental movement. He is a patron of the Australian Marine Conservation Society (AMCS) and is passionately involved in many of their campaigns, notably their work in raising awareness about sustainable seafood consumption. He is a patron of the Stop the Toad Foundation and contributed to the whaling debate with an article on the Last Whale website. He is also a prominent advocate of the Save Moreton Bay organisation, the Environment Defender’s Office, the Australian Wildlife Conservancy and the Marine Conservation Society, with which he is campaigning against shark finning.
Winton keeps away from the public eye, unless promoting a new book or supporting an environmental issue. He told reviewer Jason Steger "Occasionally they wheel me out for green advocacy stuff but that's the only kind of stuff I put my head up for."
- BlueBack (1998)
- An Open Swimmer (1982)
- Shallows (1984)
- That Eye, The Sky (1986)
- In the Winter Dark (1988)
- Cloudstreet (1991)
- The Riders (1994)
- Dirt Music (2001)
- Breath (2008)
- Lockie Leonard (1990-1997)
Short story collections 
Short stories 
- Small Mercies (2006)
- Rising Water (2011)
In collections of short stories and essays 
Winton’s short stories have been published in numerous publications and widely anthologised:
- "Big World", Journeys: Modern Australian Short Stories, Barry Oakley (ed), Five Mile Press, 2007
- "Abbreviation"/"Ten viet tat", Truyen ngan Uc/Australian Short Stories, Rose Moxham (ed), Trinh Lu (translator), Hoi Nhaa Van, 2005
- "Cockleshell", Harvard Review, No. 27, Christina Thompson (ed), 2004
- "Landing", A Place on Earth: An Anthology of Nature Writing from Australia and North America, Mark Tredinnick (ed), University of Nebraska Press and University of New South Wales Press, 2003
- "How the Reef was Won", The Bulletin, vol. 121 no. 6384, 5 August 2003
- "Aquifer", The Beacon Best of 2001, Junot Diaz (ed), Beacon Press, 2001
Children's books 
- Jesse (1988)
- Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo (1990)
- The Bugalugs Bum Thief (1991)
- Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster (1993)
- Lockie Leonard, Legend (1997)
- The Deep (1998) – picture book illustrated by Karen Louise
- Land's Edge (1993) – with Trish Ainslie and Roger Garwood
- Local Colour: Travels in the Other Australia (1994), republished in the U.S. as Australian Colors: Images of the Outback (1998) – photography and text by Bill Bachman, additional text by Tim Winton
- Down to Earth (1999) – text by Tim Winton and photographs by Richard Woldendorp
- "Smalltown (book) Penguin Group, 2009 - text by Tim Winton and photographs by Martin Mischkulnig
- That Eye The Sky adapted by Justin Monjo and Richard Roxburgh – stage
- Cloudstreet adapted by David Britton and Paige Gibbs – ABC radio
- Cloudstreet adapted by Nick Enright and Justin Monjo. First performed by Black Swan Theatre Company. Toured internationally with Belvoir Street Theatre
- Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo adapted by Paige Gibbs. First performed by the Perth Theatre Company
- Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster adapted by Garry Fry. First performed by Theatre South, Wollongong
- Bugalugs Bum Thief adapted by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
- Bugalugs Bum Thief adapted by Monkey Ba Theatre Company – live theatre
- The Deep adapted by Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
- Blueback adapted by Peta Murray for Terrapin Puppet Theatre and Spare Parts Puppet Theatre
- The Turning adapted by Bill McCluskey performed by the Perth Theatre Company for the 2008 Perth International Writer’s Festival (PIAF)
- A film based on That Eye the Sky, directed by John Ruane, was released in 1994
- A film based on In The Winter Dark was released in 1998
- A television series based on the Lockie Leonard books screened in 2007.
- A TV miniseries based on Cloudstreet was aired in 2011.
- A film adaptation of The Riders is in development.
- A film adaptation of Dirt Music is in development.
- A film adaptation of short story 'The Water Was Dark and Went Down Forever'
Critical works about Winton 
- Mind the Country: Tim Winton’s fiction, Salhia Ben-Messahel, University of Western Australia Press, 2006
- Tim Winton: the writer and his work, Michael McGirr, Macmillan Education, 1999
- Tim Winton: a celebration, Hilary McPhee (ed), National Library of Australia, (1999)
- Reading Tim Winton, Richard Rossiter and Lyn Jacobs (eds), Angus & Robertson, (1993)
Awards and nominations 
- Four time Miles Franklin Award winner, 1984, 1992, 2002, 2009
- Two time Booker Prize nominee
- Winton was included in the Bulletin's "100 Most Influential Australians" list in 2006
Full list of awards and nominations:
- 1981 Australian Vogel National Literary Award An Open Swimmer
- 1984 Miles Franklin Award, Shallows
- 1985 Western Australian Council Literary Award, Scission
- 1990 Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Children's Fiction, Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo
- 1991 Miles Franklin Award, Cloudstreet
- 1991 NBC Banjo Award for Fiction, Cloudstreet
- 1991 West Australian Fiction Award, Cloudstreet
- 1992 Deo Gloria Award, Cloudstreet
- 1993 American Library Association Best Book for Young Adults Award, Lockie Leonard, Human Torpedo
- 1993 Wilderness Society Environment Award, Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster
- 1995 Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist) The Riders
- 1995 Commonwealth Writers Prize (South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book), The Riders
- 1998 Bolinda Audio Book Awards, Blueback
- 1998 Family Award for Children's Literature, Lockie Leonard, Legend
- 1998 Wilderness Society Environment Award, Blueback
- 1999 WAYRBA Hoffman Award for Young Readers, Blueback
- 2001 Western Australian Premier's Book Award Premier's Prize, Dirt Music
- 2001 Good Reading Award, 2001, Dirt Music
- 2002 Australian Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award, Dirt Music
- 2002 Man Booker Prize for Fiction (shortlist), Dirt Music
- 2002 Miles Franklin Award, Dirt Music
- 2002 New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, Dirt Music
- 2002 Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, Fiction, 2002 – shortlist, Dirt Music
- 2003 Australian Society of Authors Medal
- 2004 Colin Roderick Award, 2004 – joint winner, The Turning
- 2005 Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book, The Turning
- 2005 New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, The Turning
- 2005 Inaugural Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award – shortlisted, The Turning
- 2005 Commonwealth Writers Prize, South East Asia and South Pacific Region, Best Book – commended, The Turning
- 2008 Age Book of the Year, Fiction – winner, Breath
- 2009 Miles Franklin Award, Breath
- "Tim Winton (Author profile), Jenny Darling & Associates". Retrieved 2007-11-10.
- Steger, Jason (2008) "It's a risky business" in The Sydney Morning Herald, 25–27 April 2008, Books p. 29
- Living Treasures list, National Trust website
- Australian Government Centenary Medal website
- Tim Winton Award
- Steger, Jason (2008) "It's a risky business" in The Sydney Morning Herald, 25–27 April 2008, Books p. 28
- Your Favourite Australian Book poll, Australian Broadcasting Corporation
- Tim Winton (Author profile), Jenny Darling & Associates
- "Tim Winton Award for Young Writers". City of Subiaco. Retrieved 29 February 2012.
- cited by Steger, Jason (2008) "It's a risky business" in The Sydney Morning Herald, 25–27 April 2008, Books p. 29
- AMCS Sustainable Seafood Guide
- "I like men", The Last Whale blog, November 2007
- For the love of sharks, Australian Geographic, 23 July 2010
- cited by Steger, Jason (2008) "It's a risky business" in The Sydney Morning Herald, 25–27 April 2008, Books p. 28
Further reading 
- Ben-Messahel, Salhia (2006) Mind the Country: Tim Winton's fiction University of Western Australia Press, ISBN 978-1-920694-69-2
- Tim Winton at FSG
- Interview on Bookworm
- Walking on Water Cathleen Schine on Winton from The New York Review of Books