1. Author and Work
(for a shorter version in German see below)
Garry Disher is "one of Australia´s best and most innovative story writers" (ABR), a prolific contemporary author, whose fiction often reflects his great interest in history as well as his capacity for narrative based on detailed research.
Born in South Australia in 1949 Garry Disher grew up on his parents wheat and wool farm and attended the local high school. In Year 12 he left Burra High for Adelaide Boy's High. Disher later confessed that: "going from a co-ed school of 130 in a town where you knew everyone to a boys-only school of about a 1000 in the Big City " was a real " culture shock". Here he felt for the first time an outsider.
After doing first-year English at Adelaide University Garry switched to Australian history and philosophy. In 1971, he graduated with a BA from Adelaide University. During 1972 and 1973 he made a two-year working holiday travelling extensively, living and working in the UK, Europe, Israel and Africa before he settled in Melbourne to complete an MA in Australian History at Monash and went on to further study at La Trobe University.
In the meantime, Garry had begun writing short stories for literary magazines and was awarded a creative writing fellowship to Stanford University, California, in 1978. It was here that he wrote his first collection of short stories. From 1980 to 1988, Garry taught creative writing part-time to supplement his writing income. Since then he has been a full-time writer and has published over thirty highly-praised books for both adults and children.
In the course of time he has gained acclaim in various literary genres including numerous anthology stories, the Wyatt crime novels 1), children's books, short stories, historical works, creative writing guides and literary novels. Disher´s work has received numerous awards and honours. Thus he is the recipient of the 1986 National Short Story Award for 'Amateur Hour'; the 1991 Alan Marshall Award for 'Poor Reception'; and the 1991 Henry Lawson Award for 'Dead Eye'.
His novel for children, 'The Bamboo Flute', won the 1993 Childrens Book Council (CBC) Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers, was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premiers Award, and finally voted one of the best books of the year by Publishers Weekly USA.
His novel for adults, 'The Sunken Road', was shortlisted for both the 1996 National Book Council Award for fiction and the South Australian Festival Award for fiction and was highly praised in the UK, where it was submitted for the Booker Prize.
Garry says about
his books and stories: "They reflect my interest in Australias
past and the effects of war and hardship on ordinary people". His
novels 'The Apostle Bird' (1997) and 'The Divine Wind' (1998) were highly
acclaimed by critics and the latter was shortlisted for The 1999 Australian
Book Council Award and won The Ethel Turner prize for Young Adult Fiction.
Disher now lives and works in a farmhouse on the Mornington Peninsula
at Merricks North.
Garry Disher, The Apostle Bird
INFORMATIVE ITEMS1. Author and Work
Über den Autor
Disher wurde 1949 in Südaustralien geboren und begann ein Kunststudium an der Universität von Adelaide, das er mit einem "Arts degree" abschloss. Er erwarb ein "Diploma of Education" an der La Trobe Universität und beendete seine Studien an der Monash Universität als MA in Geschichte.
Er verbrachte einige Jahre in England, Israel, Südafrika und schließlich in der Toskana und erhielt 1978 ein Stipendium für "creative writing" an der Stanford Universität in Californien. Hier verfasste er auch seine erste Kurz-geschichtensammlung. Seit 1988 arbeitet Disher als freier Schriftsteller.
Für seine Werke erhielt der Autor mehrere Auszeichnungen: den "National Short Story Award", den "Alan Marshall Award", den "Henry Lawson Award" und den "National Book Council Younger Readers Book of the Year Award". (Auszug aus dem Nachwort)
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