Gail Jones

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Gail Jones
Harvey, Western Australia
Notable worksDreams of Speaking, Sixty Lights
Years active1982-

Gail Jones (born 1955) is an Australian novelist and academic.[1]

Early life and career[edit]

Gail Jones was born in Harvey, Western Australia. She grew up in Broome and Kalgoorlie[2]. She studied fine arts briefly at the University of Melbourne before returning to Western Australia where she took her undergraduate degree and PhD from the University of Western Australia in 1994[3]. Her thesis was on Mimesis and alterity : postcolonialism, ethnography and the representation of racial òthers'. She is currently Professor of Writing in the Writing and Society Research School at the Western Sydney University.[4]

Jones has also contributed content for an art exhibition, The floating world by Jo Darbyshire (2009)[5].

Since 2017 Gail Jones has been involved in a research project Other Worlds: Forms of 'World Literature', for which she is leading a theme titled 'Form as Encounter' that is exploring intercultural intersections and encounters.[6]

Published Works[edit]


Short story collections

  • The House of Breathing (1992)
  • Fetish Lives (1997)

Critical works

These works have been widely translated.[9] The languages include Italian, German, French, Dutch, Portuguese, Spanish, Hebrew, Mandarin, Polish, Croatian and Czech.


The House of Breathing

Fetish Lives

Black Mirror

Sixty Lights

Dreams of Speaking


  • Shortlisted for Miles Franklin Award, 2008
  • Shortlisted for Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2008
  • Shortlisted for Nita Kibble Award 2008
  • Shortlisted for SA Premiers Fiction Prize 2008
  • Shortlisted for Victorian Premier’s Award 2008
  • Longlisted for Orange Prize (UK) 2008
  • Shortlisted for Prix Femina Etranger (France) 2008

Five Bells

A Guide to Berlin

The Death of Noah Glass

Personal life[edit]

Jones has a daughter, Kyra Giorgi, who is also a writer[7].


  1. ^ "Profiles". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  2. ^ Munro O'Brien, Jodie (19 August 2015). "The influential tourist - Writers adventures inspire award-winning tales". Brisbane news. Missing or empty |url= (help)
  3. ^ McCrea, Michael (Winter 2006). "Gail Jones". Wet Ink. 3: 26–29 – via Informit.
  4. ^ Unknown, University of Western Sydney -. "Professor Gail Jones". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. ^ "The Floating World - 2009 | Jo Darbyshire". Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  6. ^ See the Other Worlds website
  7. ^ a b Wyndham, Susan (8 August 2015). "Gail Jones". The Canberra Times.
  8. ^ "RealTime Arts - Magazine - issue 80 - the piano replayed & re-read". Retrieved 9 August 2019.
  9. ^ "Gail Jones". Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Writing WA - TAG Hungerford Award winners". 2 September 2005.
  11. ^ "Victorian Premier's Literary Awards 2019 shortlists announced". Books+Publishing. 12 December 2018. Retrieved 12 December 2018.
  12. ^ "ALS Gold Medal 2019 longlist announced". Books+Publishing. 3 April 2019. Retrieved 3 April 2019.
  13. ^ Boland, Michaela (2 July 2019). "'Try being a Leb': Author from Punchbowl shortlisted for Miles Franklin". ABC News. Retrieved 2 July 2019.

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