Gillian Mears

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Gillian Mears
Born(1964-07-21)21 July 1964
Lismore, New South Wales, Australia
Died16 May 2016(2016-05-16) (aged 51)
Near Grafton, New South Wales

Gillian Mears (21 July 1964 – 16 May 2016) was an Australian short story writer and novelist. Her books Ride a Cock Horse and The Grass Sister won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, shortlist, in 1989 and 1996, respectively. The Mint Lawn won The Australian/Vogel Award.[1] In 2003, A Map of the Gardens won the Steele Rudd Award.[2]


Mears was born at Lismore Base Hospital, and raised in Grafton, New South Wales where she was school dux of Grafton High School.[3]

She moved to Sydney to study at university, beginning a degree in archaeology at the University of Sydney having been inspired to pursue a career in archaeology after reading Gods, Graves and Scholars by C. W. Ceram. At the age of 18, she withdrew from the course, and instead completed a degree in communications at University of Technology, Sydney.[3]

She lived near Grafton, New South Wales. She died in May 2016 after living with multiple sclerosis for seventeen years.[4]

Awards and honors[edit]



  • The Mint Lawn, Allen & Unwin, 1991, ISBN 978-1-86373-016-7
  • The Grass Sister, Alfred A. Knopf, 1995, ISBN 978-0-09-183121-9
  • Foal's Bread, Allen & Unwin, 2011, ISBN 978-1-74237-629-5

Short stories[edit]



  • Alive in Ant and Bee

Children's book[edit]

  • The Cat With The Coloured Tail, Walker Books, 2015, ISBN 9781922077400 (illustrated by Dinale Dabarera)


  1. ^ The Prime of Ms Mears, archived from the original on 4 March 2016
  2. ^ "Alive in Ant and Bee by Gillian Mears". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. February 2009. Archived from the original on 12 November 2012.
  3. ^ a b Purcell, John. "Gillian Mears, author of Foal's Bread, answers Ten Terrifying Questions". Booktopia. Retrieved 21 May 2016.
  4. ^ Steger, Jason (19 May 2016). "Gillian Mears: Prize-winning author and euthanasia advocate dies". The Sydney Morning Herald. Fairfax Media. Archived from the original on 21 May 2016.
  5. ^ Allen and Unwin, Foal's Bread
  6. ^ ALS Gold Medal: Previous award winners, Association for the Study of Australian Literature, 2014, archived from the original on 11 December 2014
  7. ^ Romei, Stephen (23 July 2012). "Mears wins PM's literary award for Foal's Bread". The Australian. News Limited.
  8. ^ Bond, Sue (October 2002), A Map of the Gardens, archived from the original on 30 September 2012

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