Australians are prolific storytellers, authors and illustrators. They write in every genre, producing material for every level and purpose. Many have international reputations and recognition.
This page has information about Australian authors - for children and in fiction & non-fiction. Well known illustrators are included as many are authors as well.
There is information about Australian Awards and Prizes from the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards to Children’s Book Council Awards and beyond.
Australian Children’s Authors
For both individual and group listings of authors and illustrators, related books and other general information, see the detail provided on the Children’s Literature pages.
Other Australian Authors
- Carey, Peter
Australian author of “The Illywhacker”, “Bliss”, “A True History of the Kelly Gang”, “Oscar and Lucinda”. Dual Booker Prize Winner.
- Clancy, Anne
Author of historical, romance novels some of which are set in outback Australia.
- Courtenay, Bryce
Australian based author of “The Power of One”, “The Potato Factory”, “Tandia”, “Brother Fish”, “Tommo & Hawk”, “The Story of Danny Dunn”.
- Douglass, Sara
Australian author of fantasy books, highly regarded worldwide. Includes “The Axis Trilogy”, “The Wayfarer Redemption”. Died in 2011.
- Keneally, Thomas
Australian author of novels such as “Schindler’s List”, “The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith”, and non-fiction such as “The Commonwealth of Thieves”. Miles Franklin Award Winner twice, short listed for the Booker Prize.
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Henry Lawson - Poet
Australian Poetry Library. Biography, nearly 300 poems available on the site. Also find information at Henry Lawson. Quintessential writer of novels and short stories about Australian life such as “The Loaded Dog”, “While the Billy Boils” as well as Updated ! Poetry : Henry Lawson.
- Malouf, David
Australian author of novels such as “Harland’s Half Acre”, “An Imaginary Life”, “Johnno”.
- Moorhouse, Frank
Australian author, Miles Franklin Award winner. Author of “Dark Palace”, “Grand Days”, short stories such as “Room Service” [collected stories].
- Paterson, A.B.
Primarily a poet. Some of his best known works being icons of Australian literature. “The Man from Snowy River” being one.
- Reilly, Matthew
Young Australian author of action novels such as “Contest”, “Ice Station”, “Temple”, “Five Greatest Warriors”.
- West, Morris
Australian author of such novels as “The Shoes of the Fisherman”, “The Devil’s Advocate”.
- White, Patrick
Australian Nobel Prize winner, Miles Franklin Award winner, short listed for The Booker Prize. Best known as the author of “The Tree of Man”, also “Voss”, “The Solid Mandala”.
- Winton, Tim
Novelist of titles such as “The Riders”, “Cloudstreet”, “Dirt Music”, “In the Winter Dark”, “Breath”. Four time Miles Franklin Award winner.
- Australian Author Magazine
‘The most vibrant source of discussion and commentary about writing and publishing in Australia’.
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Australian Authors [Booktopia]
Infortmsation ion individual authors, books, award winners, more.
- Australian Literature, Authors
Links to information on listed authors. Some have pages at other sites.
- Author Search [Member Portfolios]
‘Looking for an author ? Check out the Members Portfolios pages’. From the Australian Society of Authors. Listed alphabetically. Why not check the New ! Authors in Schools option ?
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Authors & Illustrators
The Children’s Book Council of Australia [SA]. Extensive alphabetical listing.
- Authors, Fremantle Press
Featured authors. Authors in alphabetical groupings. Annotated lists. Indigenous authors included.
- Australian Writers
Links in various genre.
- Black Words
‘Access to both general and specific information about Indigenous literary cultures and traditions, providing definitions and articulations of what Black writing and Indigenous literatures are’.
- Indigenous Australian Writers
Literature, non-fiction, journalism, links. From Wikipedia.
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Interviews with 10 Australian
English [5,6,7,8,9,10]. ABC Splash. ‘Meet ten of Australia’s literary greats. Tom Tilley speaks with writers such as David Malouf, Nadia Wheatley and Michael Gow about their works, their inspirations and their lives as writers’.
- Penguin Author Profiles
‘More than 1 000 biographical profiles of authors and illustrators, published by Penguin Books Australia. Browse the alphabetical list of all profiles, search for a specific author by name’.
- Puffin Author Profiles
‘Biographical profiles of authors and illustrators, Puffin Books Australia. Browse the alphabetical list, search for a specific author by name’.
- Reading Australia BookPros
‘This program places professional authors in the classroom to conduct writing workshops and to introduce teachers to an extensive new teaching resource, Reading Australia. This program provides students with access to a professional author, experienced in running workshops’.
- The Australian Society of Authors
‘The professional association for Australia’s literary creators’.
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The Style File
‘An Australian book illustrators showcase. Search by name, subjects, styles, intended audience, media/technique … and discover just the right people for your particular project. We hope you’ll visit often’.
- Blainey, Geoffrey
Australian writer with titles such as “Tyranny of Distance”, “Triumph of the Nomads”, “A Land Half Won”, “A Short History of The World”.
- Clark, Manning
Australian historian, best known for his 6 volume “A History of Australia”.
- Flannery, Tim
Scientific and historical writer of titles such as “The Future Eaters”, “The Weather Makers”, “Throwim Way Leg”.
- James, Clive
Expatriate broadcaster and writer with titles such as “Unreliable Memoirs”, “Falling Towards England”, several books of reviews.
- Reynolds, Henry
Author of works about Indigenous Australians including “The Other Side of The Frontier”, “Fate of a Free People”.
Awards & Prizes
Australian Awards & Prizes
Among the most prestigious awards & prizes are the following.
- Aurealis Awards
‘To recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy and horror writers’.
- Australian Literary Awards & Prizes
Covers all areas of writing. Links connect to further information. From Wikipedia.
Children’s Book Awards
For information relating to all Children’s Book Awards, see the information provided on the Children’s Literature page.
- Kathleen Mitchell Award for Young Writers
‘The Kathleen Mitchell Award is a biennial Award dedicated to encouraging young Australian authors to achieve their dreams’.
- Kiriyama Prize
‘Recognises outstanding books about the Pacific Rim and South Asia that encourage greater mutual understanding of and among the peoples and nations of this vast and culturally diverse region’.
- Miles Franklin Award
Australian prize for writing, presented annually.
- NSW Premier’s Literary
About the awards, People’s Choice Award, shortlists, winners.
- Prime Minister’s Literary Awards
‘A new initiative celebrating the contribution of Australian literature to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life. The awards recognise literature’s importance to our national identity, community and economy’.
- Queensland Awards and Competitions
State Library of Queensland. Includes writing awards.
- The Australian/Vogel
‘The Australian/Vogel Literary Award is one of Australia’s richest and the most prestigious award for an unpublished manuscript by a writer under the age of thirty-five’.
- The Stella Prize
‘The Stella Prize is a major new literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. It is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and celebrates women’s contribution to Australian literature’.
- Victorian Premier’s Literary
About the awards, winners, individual prizes, more.
- Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards
Guidelines, categories, past winners, individual prizes, more.