Bernard Cohen (Australian author)

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Bernard Cohen in Kings Cross, New South Wales, 1990

Bernard Cohen (born 1963) is an Australian writer, the author of five novels and a children's picture book.


In 2006 Cohen founded The Writing Workshop, which runs creative writing programs for children in New South Wales, and via the internet.[1] Cohen's short stories have been widely anthologised, including in the Penguin Century of Australian Stories, Best Australian Stories 2002 and 2009 and Picador New Writing. From 1990 to 1991 he was co-editor of the literary journal Editions Review.[edit]




  • Tourism (Picador, Sydney, 1992)
  • The Blindman's Hat (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1997)
  • Snowdome (Allen and Unwin, Sydney, 1998)
  • Hardly Beach Weather (HarperCollins, Sydney, 2002)
  • The Antibiography of Robert F Menzies (Fourth Estate, Sydney, 2013), winner of the Russell Prize.[2]

Children's book

  • Paul Needs Specs, illustrated by Geoff Kelly (Penguin, Melbourne, 2003; Kane/Miller, La Jolla, California 2004; Booxen, Seoul, 2011)

Other publications

  • Speedfactory co-authored with John Kinsella, McKenzie Wark and Terri-ann White (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, Fremantle, 2002)
  • Foreign Logics CD-ROM, collaboration with David Bickerstaff (DA2 digital arts development agency, Bristol 2001; Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA London) New Media work of the month, September 2001)
  • Analects zine co-authored with Brent Clough (self-published, Sydney, 1988)
  • When I Saw The Animal (short story collection, 2019)[3]


  1. ^ The Writing Workshop website
  2. ^ Wyandham, Susan (4 July 2015). "Undercover:News From the Book World". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 October 2017.
  3. ^ McGirr, Michael (2019-01-16). "When I Saw the Animal review: Bernard Cohen's diverse and stimulating stories". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2019-06-07.