November 25, 1950 |
|Period||2007 - Present|
|Notable works||Carpentaria (novel)|
Origin and activism
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.
When the Northern Territory Intervention proposed by the Howard Government in mid-2007 was introduced, Wright delivered of a high-profile 10,000-word speech, sponsored by International PEN, 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.
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.
- Plains of Promise. (UQP, 1997)
- Carpentaria. (Giramondo, 2006)
- The Swan Book. (Giramondo, 2013)
- 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)
- 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
- Crown Content Who's Who in Australia page 2207
- AAP via News Limited "Wright wins Miles Franklin" 22 June 2007
- Susan Wyndham, Sydney Morning Herald, 22 June 2007
- Moustafine, Maria. Sydney PEN Voices: The 3 Writers Project.' International PEN. 25 May 2007.[dead link]
- Australia Council Arts in Australia Alexis Wright
- "ALS Gold Medal". Association for the Study of Australian Literature. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-14.
- "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.
- A great month for writers' festivals . 27 June 2012.
- Continuing with this week's SWF Sneaks . 9 July 2012.
- Breaking Taboos Essay, Australian Humanities Review
- Aboriginal Lit, New York Times
- Dream warrior, The Guardian
- Alexis Wright wins Miles Franklin Award, The Age