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.
- 2011: Nita Kibble Literary Award, winner for "Reading by Moonlight"
- 2010: Victorian Premier's Awards, Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction, winner for "Reading by Moonlight"
- 2010: Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, shortlisted for "Reading by Moonlight"
- 2007: The Asher Award, winner for The Wing of Night
- 2006: Nita Kibble Literary Award, winner for The Wing of Night
- 2006: Miles Franklin Award, shortlisted for The Wing of Night
- 2006: New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize, shortlisted for The Wing of Night
- 2006: Waverley Library Award for Literature, The Alex Buzo Shortlist Prize: winner for The Wing of Night
- 2000: Victorian Premier's Literary Award, shortlisted for Poe's Cat
- 2000: New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards, Christina Stead Prize, Shortlisted for "Poe's Cat"
- 1990: T. A. G. Hungerford Award for an unpublished manuscript, winner for Crush
- Reading by Moonlight: How Books Saved a Life (2010)
- The Writer's Reader: A Guide to Writing Fiction and Poetry (2002)