Venero Armanno

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Venero Armanno
BornVenero Geraldo Armanno
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
OccupationAuthor and Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing
EducationPhD in Creative Writing
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
Notable worksThe Volcano, Firehead, Candle Life, Black Mountain
Notable awardsQueensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book, 2002
Years active1991-

Venero Armanno 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and later an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology.[1] Armanno completed ten unpublished manuscripts over fourteen years before being accepted for publication.[2]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 Communication & Arts 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 The Volcano
  • Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book, 2002: winner for The 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  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript), 1992: highly commended for The Lonely Hunter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)
  • The Volcano (2001)
  • Candle Life (2006)
  • The Dirty Beat (2007)
  • Black Mountain (2012)
  • Burning Down (2017)

Short story collections[edit]

  • Jumping at the Moon (1992)
  • Travel Under Any Star (2016)

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.