Charlotte Wood

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Charlotte Wood

BornCharlotte Ann Wood
1965 (age 54–55)
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia

Charlotte Wood AM (born 1965) is an Australian novelist. The Australian newspaper described Wood as "one of our [Australia's] most original and provocative writers".[1]


Wood was born in Cooma, New South Wales. She is the author of six novels – Pieces of a Girl (1999), The Submerged Cathedral (2004), The Children (2007), Animal People (2011), The Natural Way of Things (2015) and 'The Weekend' (2019). She has also written a collection of interviews with Australian writers, The Writer's Room (2016), a collection of personal reflections on cooking, Love & Hunger (2012). She was also editor of an anthology of writing about siblings, Brothers & Sisters (2009).

Her books have been critically well received and frequently mentioned in prize lists. In 2016 The Natural Way of Things won the Stella Prize, the Indie Book Awards Novel of the Year and Book of the Year, and was short-listed for various other prizes including the Miles Franklin and Barbara Jefferis.[2] Animal People was shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Literary Awards in 2013 and longlisted for the 2012 Miles Franklin Award. She has a background in journalism and has also taught writing at a variety of levels.[3]

In 2014 she was appointed Chair of Arts Practice, Literature, at the Australia Council for the Arts, a three-year appointment cut short by budget restrictions to one year.

She currently lives in Sydney.[4] She has a PhD from the University of New South Wales; previous degrees are a Master of Creative Arts from UTS and a BA from Charles Sturt University.

In May 2016, it was announced that Wood won the Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre.[5] As an Honorary Associate, Wood has been working with health specialists to offer literary views on the complex topic of ageing. Bringing together award-winning novelists and world-leading researchers at the Charles Perkins Centre has been a "game changer".

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  2. ^ "Barbara Jefferis Award". Australian Society of Authors. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  3. ^ OzArts – Charlotte Wood Archived September 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ 2005 Miles Franklin Award Author profiles Archived September 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b "Author Charlotte Wood announced as Charles Perkins Centre's Writer in Residence". The University of Sydney. Retrieved 7 November 2018.
  6. ^ Christina Stead Prize Archived 2015-09-24 at the Wayback Machine NSW Premier's Awards
  7. ^ "Dr Charlotte Ann Wood". Retrieved 9 June 2019.
  8. ^ "AFR's 11 most influential women revealed". Australian Financial Review. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 23 October 2019.
  9. ^ "Stella Prize 2020 shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 6 March 2020. Retrieved 9 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020 longlist announced". Books+Publishing. 12 May 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2020.
  11. ^ "ALS Gold Medal 2020 shortlist announced". Books+Publishing. 20 May 2020. Retrieved 21 May 2020.

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