Venero Armanno

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Venero Armanno
Born Venero Geraldo Armanno
19 August 1959
Brisbane, Queensland
Occupation Senior Lecturer in English, Media Studies and Art History
Language English
Nationality Australian
Citizenship Australian
Education PhD in Creative Writing
Alma mater University of Queensland
Notable works Volcano, Candle Life
Notable awards Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book, 2002
Years active 1991-

Venero Armanno (born 19 August 1959) is an Australian novelist. He was born in Brisbane of Sicilian parents.[1] He received a BA from the University of Queensland, and later an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology.[1] Armanno completed ten unpublished manuscripts over fourteen years before being accepted for publication.[2]

He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of English, Media Studies and Art History at the University of Queensland,[3] where he received the 2004 award for excellence in teaching.[4]

Venero Armanno appeared in 2 events at the 2017 Brisbane Writers Festival in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.[5]


  • One Book One Brisbane, 2004: shortlisted for Firehead
  • One Book One Brisbane, 2003: shortlisted for Volcano
  • Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book, 2002: winner for Volcano
  • Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction, Horror, 1995: runner-up for My Beautiful Friend
  • Warana Writers' Awards, Steele Rudd Award, 1993: runner-up for Jumping at the Moon
  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript), 1992: highly commended for The Lonely Hunter



  • The Lonely Hunter (1993)
  • Romeo of the Underworld (1994)
  • My Beautiful Friend (1995)
  • Strange Rain (1996)
  • Firehead (1999)
  • Volcano (2001)
  • Candle Life (2006)
  • The Dirty Beat (2007)
  • Black Mountain (2012)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Jumping at the Moon (1992)

Young adult[edit]

  • The Ghost of Love Street (1997)
  • The Ghost of Deadman's Beach (1998)


  • The Very Super Adventures of Nic and Naomi (2002)


  1. ^ a b "Venero Armanno". Random House Australia. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Sorenson, Rosemary (10 November 2007). "The Face: Venero Armanno". The Australian. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Dr Venero Armanno". University of Queensland. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "Dr Venero Armanno - Award for excellence in teaching 2004". University of Queensland. 2004. Retrieved 15 June 2012. 
  5. ^ "Brisbane Writers Festival". Uplit. Retrieved 4 September 2017.