Kristina Olsson

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Kristina Olsson
Born 1956
Occupation Novelist, journalist, teacher
Nationality Australian
Genre General fiction and non fiction

Kristina Olsson (born 1956) is an Australian writer, journalist and teacher.

Early life[edit]

Kristina Olsson was raised in Brisbane, Australia of Swedish and Australian heritage.[1]


Olsson studied journalism at the University of Queensland and went on to write for The Australian, The Courier-Mail and Sunday Mail, the Sydney Sunday Telegraph and Griffith Review.[2]

Her first novel In One Skin was published by the University of Queensland Press in 2001.[3] This was followed by the biography Kilroy Was Here, which told the story of Debbie Kilroy. In 2010 her novel The China Garden won the Barbara Jefferis Award, which is offered annually for Australian novels which depict women and girls positively, or empower the position of women in society.[4][5][6]

Kristina's nonfiction work Boy, Lost: A Family Memoir won the 2013 Queensland Literary Award for Best Nonfiction and the Nita Kibble Literary Award. It was shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the New South Wales Premier's Literary Award, the Stella Prize and the Australian Human Rights Commission Literature Award.[1]

Olsson has also worked as a government advisor, and as a teacher of creative writing and journalism.[2] She supervises and mentors post-graduate writing students and also works as a manuscript assessor and editor.[1]


Awards and nominations[edit]




  1. ^ a b c "Writer Journalist and Teacher". Kristina Olsson. Retrieved 25 July 2014. 
  2. ^ a b [1], Griffith Review
  3. ^ [2] UQP
  4. ^ [3] ArtsHub
  5. ^ Olsson, Kristina (April 2010), "A gift across time [Edited version of an acceptance speech for the 2010 Barbara Jefferis Award.]", Australian Author, 42 (1): 28, ISSN 0045-026X 
  6. ^ Perkins, Yvonne. "Family Secrets: An interview with Kristina Olsson". 2014 Australian Women Writers Challenge (AWW). Retrieved 25 July 2014. 

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