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    Professor Alexis Wright

Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the Gulf of Carpentaria. She is an author and essayist writing in fiction and non-fiction. Wright has written widely on Indigenous rights and has organised two successful Indigenous Constitutional Conventions in Central Australia, Today We Talk About Tomorrow (1993) and the Kalkaringi Convention (1998). Her collective memoir Tracker (2017) was awarded the 2018 Stella Prize. Her novel The Swan Book (2013) was awarded the 2014 Australian Literature Society Gold Medal and the 2016 Raka Award, and was shortlisted for several other literary awards in Australia. The book was published in the UK, USA, France, Poland, and translated for publication in China. Her novel Carpentaria (2006) was awarded the 2007 Miles Franklin Award, Victoria Premier Award, Queensland Premier Award, Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, and the Australian Book Industry Award. The book was published in the UK, USA, India, China, France, Poland, Italy, and is currently being translated into Japanese. Her essay What Happens When You Tell Somebody Else’s Story (2016) was awarded the 2016 Hilary McPhee Award. She is the Boisbouvier Chair in Australian Literature at the University of Melbourne, and in collaboration with the State Library of Victoria.


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