1965 (age 52–53)|
Cooma, New South Wales, Australia
Charlotte Wood (born 1965) is an Australian novelist. The Australian newspaper described Wood as "one of our [Australia's] most original and provocative writers".
Wood was born in Cooma, New South Wales. She is the author of five novels – Pieces of a Girl (1999), The Submerged Cathedral (2004), The Children (2007), Animal People (2011), and The Natural Way of Things (2015). 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. 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.
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.
In May 2016, it was announced that Wood won the Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre. 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".
Awards and honors
- 2016 – Writer in Residence Fellowship at the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre
- 2016 – Stella Prize, winner, The Natural Way of Things
- 2013 – Christina Stead Prize for Fiction, shortlisted, Animal People
- 2013 – People's Choice Award, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, winner, Animal People
- 2012 – Miles Franklin Award, longlisted, Animal People
- 2012 – Kibble Prize , shortlisted, Animal People
- 2007 – Australian Book Industry Awards, literary fiction, shortlisted, The Children
- 2005 – Miles Franklin Award, shortlisted, The Submerged Cathedral
- 2005 – Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Asia Pacific region, shortlisted, The Submerged Cathedral
- 2000 – Dobbie Award, winner, Pieces of a Girl
- 1999 – Jim Hamilton Prize, winner, Pieces of a Girl
- Pieces of a Girl (1999)
- The Submerged Cathedral (2004)
- The Children (2007)
- Brothers & Sisters (editor) (2009) – stories by 12 Australian writers including Nam Le, Christos Tsiolkas, Tegan Bennett Daylight, Cate Kennedy and others.
- Animal People ( October 2011)
- Love and Hunger (2012)
- The Natural Way of Things (2015)
- The Writer's Room: Conversations About Writing (2016)
- First Tuesday Book Club
- ABC Radio National – Life Matters
- ABC Radio National – The Book Show
- Readings Booksellers Website
- "Barbara Jefferis Award". Australian Society of Authors. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
- OzArts – Charlotte Wood Archived September 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- 2005 Miles Franklin Award Author profiles Archived September 13, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.
- Christina Stead Prize NSW Premier's Awards