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David Brooks

David Brooks
David Brooks spent his earliest years in Greece and Yugoslavia. His first collection of poetry, The Cold Front, was short-listed for the N.S.W. Premierís Prize and won the Anne Elder Award. His first collection of short fiction, The Book of Sei, was heralded as the most impressive debut in Australian short fiction since The Fat Man in History. His acclaimed first novel, The House of Balthus, was short-listed for the National Book Award. His second, The Fern Tattoo, was short-listed for the 2008 Miles Franklin. Returning to poetry after an interval of twenty-two years, he has published three further collections including, Walking to Point Clear (2005; short-listed for the Adelaide Festival Prize).

A photographer, vegan and animal rights activist, he spends a small part of each year in a village in Istria (he is married to the Slovenian photographer and translator Teja Pribac). For the rest of his time he teaches Australian Literature and directs the graduate writing program at the University of Sydney.


David Brooks will be appearing:
A.D. Hope lived long and faded slowly.
Family pacts, secrets and alliances