Craig Silvey

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Craig Silvey (born 1982) is an Australian novelist and musician.

Silvey grew up on an orchard in Dwellingup, a small town in the south-west of Western Australia.[1] He currently lives in Fremantle.

Literary career[edit]

His debut novel, Rhubarb, was published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press in 2004. In 2005 Silvey was named as one of The Sydney Morning Herald's Best Young Novelists.[2] Rhubarb was selected as the inaugural book for the 'One Book' series of events at the 2005 Perth International Arts Festival, and was included in the Australian national ‘Books Alive’ campaign. In 2007 Silvey authored a children's book entitled The World According to Warren, a picture book starring the guide-dog from Rhubarb, illustrated by Sonia Martinez and published by Fremantle Arts Centre Press.

In early 2008, Silvey completed his second novel Jasper Jones with the aid of an Australia Council New Work Grant. Jasper Jones was published in 2009 by Allen & Unwin Australia, Knopf Books in the United States (in 2011), Windmill Books in the United Kingdom,[3] Seix Barral/Grupo Planeta in Spain, Neri Pozza/Giano Editore in Italy, Calmann-Lévy/Hachette in France and Rowohlt in Germany (2012). The novel was shortlisted for the 2011 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.[4] It also won a Printz Honor award from YALSA, a division of the American Library Association, which was announced 23 January 2012 in Dallas, Texas.[5]

Director Rachel Perkins started filming a movie adaption of Jasper Jones in October 2015.[6][7][8] The film stars Toni Collette (as Ruth Bucktin), Levi Miller (Charlie Bucktin), Aaron McGrath (Jasper Jones), and Angourie Rice (Eliza Wishart).[9]

Silvey says of his literary influences that "I've always been attracted to Southern Gothic fiction. There's something very warm and generous about those regional American writers like Twain and Lee and Capote, and it seemed to be a literary ilk that would lend itself well to the Australian condition."[10]

Silvey is also the singer/songwriter for the indie/pop/rock band The Nancy Sikes!. Perth Wildcats guard Adam Caporn plays guitar in Silvey's band.


  • 2004: Rhubarb
  • 2007: The World According to Warren (juvenile)
  • 2009: Jasper Jones
  • 2012: The Amber Amulet


  1. ^ "Power to Blow Your Mind," Marc McEvoy, Sydney Morning Herald, 21 October 2012. Accessed 18 October 2014. Archived 13 September 2014.
  2. ^ Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists of 2005, "Five ways with words," 28 May 2005. Accessed 18 October 2014. Archived 18 October 2014.
  3. ^ Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey, Windmill Books, archive
  4. ^ "William Trevor makes an Impac", Irish Times, 12 April 2011.
  5. ^ "Michael L. Printz Winners and Honor Books", Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), a division of American Library Association (ALA).
  6. ^ ScreenDaily, archived 07 October 2015
  7. ^ Screen NSW (the NSW government's key funding body for the NSW screen production industry), "Funding Approval Details", archived 07 October 2015
  8. ^ "Rachel Perkins' 'Jasper Jones' is cast and ready to film in WA", SBS, archived 07 October 2015
  9. ^ “Toni Collette Joins the Cast of Jasper Jones”, Porchlight Films, archived 07 October 2015
  10. ^ Craig Silvey on writing Jasper Jones.

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