Photograph by Lucy Healey
Garry Disher has established a reputation as a writer through commitment and a steady output of fine work over the years. South Australia, the place where he was born, provides a space of intricate resonance throughout his writing. Disher has published more than thirty titles - fiction, children's books, anthologies, history textbooks, books about the craft of writing, and the Wyatt thrillers. Several have been published in Europe and the United States.
He has won prestigious awards such as the Stanford University Writing Fellowship 1978; National Short Story Award 1986; Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Younger Readers 1993, for The Bamboo Flute. His highly praised South Australian novel, The Sunken Road, was shortlisted for the 1996 National Book Council Award for fiction, submitted for the Booker Prize by his English publisher, Fourth Estate, and it is soon to be published by the French publisher Actes Sud. The Sunken Road has recently been shortlisted for the 1998 National Festival Awards for Literature (Fiction). Two of his short story collections, The Difference to Me (1988) and Flamingo Gate (1991), were shortlisted for the Steele Rudd Award.
'You could say that I wear three fiction-writing hats', says Garry Disher, '"literary", crime and children's - but in my head the three are indistinguishable from each other in terms of worth, writing craft and hard work.'
Copyright Ioana Petrescu, 1997.
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