Kerryn Goldsworthy

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Dr. Kerryn Lee Goldsworthy (born 14 May 1953) is an Australian freelance writer and former academic.[1]

Goldsworthy has edited four anthologies of Australian writing. She has also written many articles, essays and reviews.[2][3]

She has a B.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Adelaide.[4] She taught at the University of Melbourne from 1981 to 1997 as a tutor and lecturer and has also worked briefly at Deakin, Flinders and Adelaide Universities, and at the University of Klagenfurt, in Austria. She was the editor of the Australian Book Review (May 1986 to Dec 1987), decades later she claimed that the experience involved her "learning more about human nature in those two years than in either the preceding thirty-three or the following nineteen."[5]

Goldsworthy also served as a member of the Literature Board of the Australia Council and has also been the recipient of Australia Council grants allocated from its Literature Fund.[6]

In 1997, Kerryn Goldsworthy returned to Adelaide and turned to freelance writing. She was a judge of the prestigious Miles Franklin Award for a year, until she resigned, along with two other judges, over a charter that changed the decision-making powers of the judges.[7] She has also served as a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide[8] where she is a guest teacher in the Graduate Certificate course in Food Writing. She also writes for a number of weblogs. Goldsworthy's political views are left-wing. She once described herself as "an old fashioned feminist."[9] In 2013 Goldsworthy was awarded the Pascall Prize 'Australian Critic of the Year', Australia's major national award for criticism.



Book reviews[edit]

Date Review article Work(s) reviewed
2014 Goldsworthy, Kerryn (Sep 2014). "Liminality". Australian Book Review. 364: 11.  London, Joan. The Golden Age. Vintage Australia. 


  1. ^ "Kerryn Goldsworthy". ON LINE Opinion. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  2. ^ "Articles by author". Australian Humanities Review. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  3. ^ "Items for Author "Goldsworthy, Kerryn"". Finders Academics Commons. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  4. ^ "Goldsworthy, Kerryn (a.k.a. Goldsworthy, Kerryn Lee)". AustLit. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  5. ^ "ABR Critics Goldsworthy". Australian Book Review. Archived from the original on 3 May 2007. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Needing His Signature". Australian Humanities Review. Archived from the original on 26 April 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-30. 
  7. ^ Susan Wyndham (2004-12-22). "Judges storm out of Miles Franklin literary prize". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  8. ^ "School of Humanities: Research Fellows / Adjuncts". University of Adelaide. Archived from the original on 9 July 2007. Retrieved 2007-04-29. 
  9. ^ Susan Wyndham (2007-03-31). "Rich New Award for Feminist Fiction". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2007-05-04. 

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