Henry Lawson (1867–1922) – An Australian writer and poet. He was the son of a Norwegian sailor, who settled in Australia during the “gold rush” of the 1860s. At the age of nine, he developed an ear infection and became partially deaf. By the time he was fourteen, he was totally deaf. He had a very difficult childhood as the family were very poor. After leaving school early, Lawson helped his father on building projects. Lawson was forced to combine literary activity with the labor, having replaced in different years a lot of professions. By 1890 Lawson had achieved some reputation as a writer of verse, poems such as ‘Faces in the Street’, ‘Andy’s Gone With Cattle’ and ‘The Watch on the Kerb’ being some of the more notable of that period. ‘While the Billy Boils’ (1896) was Lawson’s first major short-story collection. It remains one of the great classics of Australian literature.
Laura Jean McKay is an Australian writer. She is the author of the collection Holiday in Cambodia, shortlisted for the 2014 New South Wales Premier’s Literary Awards, the 2014 Queensland Literary Award, and the Asher Award 2015. Laura’s writing has been published in The Best Australian Stories, in The Big Issue, Meanjin, Going Down Swinging, and The Lifted Brow. She is the winner of the Alan Marshall Short Story Award for 2011. She is a Ph.D. candidate in creative writing and animal studies at the University of Melbourne, and the recipient of an Asialink Literature Fellowship to Cambodia and a Marten Bequest Traveling Scholarship.
Christos Tsiolkas is an Australian author, playwright, essayist, and screenwriter of Greek origin. He was born and raised in Melbourne to Greek immigrant parents. Two of his novels, Loaded (1995) and Dead Europe (2005), were made into films. His fourth novel, The Slap, became an international bestseller and a television hit, and been turned into both an Australian and U.S. television mini-series. The book was longlisted for the 2010 Man Booker Prize and won the Australian Literary Society Gold Medal. In 2009 it won the Australian Booksellers Association and the Australian Book Industry Awards for Book of the Year. The book also won the Commonwealth Writers Prize 2009 for best novel in the South-East Asia and South Pacific area. Tsiolkas is known as openly gay and lives in Melbourne.
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