Nigel Krauth

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Nigel Krauth (born 8 February 1949) is an Australian novelist and academic. He is a Professor at Griffith University teaching creative writing. He has published four novels and co-authored a number of young adult works.


Krauth was born in Cremorne, New South Wales. He studied at the University of Newcastle, NSW. He did a research master's at the Australian National University in 1972 and received his Ph.D. from the University of Queensland in 1983. He taught at the University of Papua New Guinea, Mitchell CAE (now Charles Sturt University), and Southern Cross University,[1] before his appointment at the Gold Coast CAE (which is now Griffith University).[2]

Krauth has won several awards, including the Vogel Award[citation needed] (co-winner, 1982) for Matilda My Darling (pre-publication title: The Jolly Swagman Affair) and the Christina Stead Award (1991) for JF Was Here.[citation needed] Krauth has also judged several book awards including the "Best Fiction Book, Queensland Premier's Literary Awards" since 2002 and the "Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize" since 2004. Besides long fiction he has also written stories, plays, reviews and essays.[3]

Krauth has edited several books and edits a scholarly journal, TEXT: Journal of Writing and Writing Courses which he co-founded with Tess Brady.[4]

Brisbane's Albert Street Literary Trail features a plaque recording his novel, Matilda, My Darling (corner of Albert and Elizabeth Streets).[citation needed]



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