Brenda Walker

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For the Emmerdale character, see Brenda Walker (Emmerdale).
Brenda Walker
Born 1957
Grafton, New South Wales
Language English
Nationality Australian
Notable works

The Wing of Night

"Reading by Moonlight"
Notable awards

Nita Kibble Literary Award 2006, 2011

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Non-Fiction, 2010

The Asher Award, 2007
Years active 1983-

Brenda Walker (born in Grafton, New South Wales in 1957) is an Australian writer. She studied at the University of New England in Armidale and, after gaining a PhD in English (on the work of Samuel Beckett) at the Australian National University, she moved to Perth in 1984. She is now Winthrop Professor of English and Cultural Studies at the University of Western Australia. She has been a Visiting Fellow at Stanford University and The University of Virginia.

Brenda Walker is the sister of songwriter and musician Don Walker, and daughter of author Shirley Walker.[1]





  • Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life (2010)


  • The Writer's Reader: A Guide to Writing Fiction and Poetry (2002)