John Harwood (writer)

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John Harwood
Hobart, Tasmania, Australia
Alma materUniversity of Tasmania
Notable worksThe Ghost Writer, The Seance
RelativesGwen Harwood, mother

John Harwood (born 1946) was born in Hobart, Tasmania and is an Australian poet, literary critic and novelist.


Educated at the University of Tasmania and Cambridge University, Harwood has worked as an academic at Flinders University in South Australia.[1] He left Flinders University in 1997[2] to become a full-time writer.

While he is better known for his writing on poetry, Harwood made an impact with his first novel, The Ghost Writer, which was commended in literary awards in Australia and which was a winner of a major International Horror award.

Harwood is the son of the poet Gwen Harwood.




  • The Ghost Writer (Jonathan Cape, 2004) ISBN 978-0099460824
  • The Seance (Jonathan Cape, 2008) ISBN 978-0099516422
  • The Asylum (2013) ISBN 978-0544003477

Biography and literary criticism[edit]

  • Olivia Shakespear and W.B. Yeats : after long silence (Macmillan, 1989)
  • Eliot to Derrida : the poverty of interpretation (Macmillan, 1995)


  1. ^ "John Harwood". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  2. ^ "Meet the Author: John Harwood, by Samela Harris (18-Mar-2006)". The Big Book Club. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  3. ^ "IHG Award Recipients". International Horror Guild. Archived from the original on 5 September 2014. Retrieved 17 September 2007.
  4. ^ "Children of the Night Award". The Dracula Society. Archived from the original on 26 June 2007. Retrieved 17 September 2007.

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