Alexis Wright

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Alexis Wright
Born (1950-11-25) 25 November 1950 (age 67)
Cloncurry, Queensland, Australia[1]
Occupation Author, novelist
Period 2007–present
Genre Fiction, non-fiction
Notable works Carpentaria

Alexis Wright (born 25 November 1950)[2] is an Indigenous Australian writer best known for winning the Miles Franklin Award for her 2006 novel Carpentaria.[3]

Origin and activism[edit]

Alexis Wright is a land rights activist originally from the Waanyi people in the highlands of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Wright's father, a white cattleman, died when she was five years old and she grew up in Cloncurry, Queensland with her mother and grandmother.[4]

When the Northern Territory Intervention proposed by the Howard Government in mid-2007 was introduced, Wright delivered a high-profile 10,000-word speech, sponsored by International PEN,[5] in which her identification of an ethos of national fear in Australia came to be portrayed in the national media as a characterisation of the feelings of Indigenous peoples associated with the Intervention.

Literary career[edit]

Alexis Wright's first book Plains of Promise published in 1997 was nominated for several literary awards and has been reprinted several times by University of Queensland Press.[6]

Wright has also published two non-fiction works: Take Power, an anthology on the history of the land rights movement in 1998; and Grog War (Magabala Books) on the introduction of alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek and published in 1997.

Carpentaria took two years to conceive and more than six years to write. It was rejected by every major publisher in Australia before independent publisher Giramondo published it in 2006. Since then it has won the Miles Franklin Award in June 2007 (ahead of a shortlist including Peter Carey's Theft: A Love Story), the 2007 Fiction Book award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, the 2007 ALS Gold Medal and the 2007 Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.[3][7][8]

Wright was a 2012 attendee of the Byron Bay Writers Festival[9] and Singapore Writers Festival.[10]

Wright was on the program for 4 events at the 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[11]

Academic career[edit]

Wright is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney.[12]



Short stories

  • Le pacte de serpent. [The Serpent’s Covenant] (2002)


  • Grog war. (Magabala, 1997) ISBN 1-875641-31-9 Review
  • Croire en L'incroyable. [Believing the Unbelievable] (2000)
  • Tracker (Giramondo, 2017)


  • Take Power, Like This Old Man Here: An anthology of writings celebrating twenty years of land rights in Central Australia, 1977-1997 (IAD, 1998) ISBN 1-86465-005-2


  1. ^ "PREMIER APPLAUDS QUEENSLAND MILES FRANKLIN WINNER". Queensland Government. Retrieved 11 March 2018. 
  2. ^ Crown Content Who's Who in Australia page 2207
  3. ^ a b AAP via News Limited "Wright wins Miles Franklin" 22 June 2007
  4. ^ Susan Wyndham, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 June 2007
  5. ^ Moustafine, Maria. Sydney PEN Voices: The 3 Writers Project.' International PEN. 25 May 2007. Archived 4 July 2007 at
  6. ^ Australia Council Arts in Australia Alexis Wright Archived 2007-08-31 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "ALS Gold Medal". Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-14. 
  8. ^ "The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction: Winner 2007". State Library of Victoria. 2007-08-10. Archived from the original on 2007-09-11. Retrieved 2007-11-04. 
  9. ^ A great month for writers' festivals "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 25 April 2013. Retrieved 9 August 2012. . 27 June 2012.
  10. ^ Continuing with this week's SWF Sneaks [1]. 9 July 2012.
  11. ^ "Brisbane Writers Festival". Uplit. Retrieved 4 September 2017. 
  12. ^

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