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2004 in Australian literature

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This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 2004.

Contents

For an overview of world literature see 2004 in literature.

See also: 2003 in Australian literature, 2004 in Australia, 2005 in Australian literature.

Events

  • John Hay, Peter Porter, Elizabeth Webby, W. H. Wilde, and Barbara Ker Wilson are all recognised in the 2004 Australia Day Honours.
  • Peter Craven is sacked as editor of Quarterly Essay and the annual The Best Australian... anthologies after a dispute with Black Inc. publisher Morry Schwartz.
  • Kenneth Dutton, Nick Enright, Morag Fraser, David Myers, and Brenda Niall are recognised in the Queen's Birthday honours list.
  • Independent book publishers Text (Australia) and Canongate (UK) form a joint venture. The Text Media Group, purchased by John Fairfax earlier this year, sells Text Publishing to the joint venture partners.
  • Sydney Morning Herald Literary Editor, Malcolm Knox exposes Norma Khouri and her 'factual' account of honour killings in Jordan as a fabrication.
  • Mark Rubbo, David Marr and Kerryn Goldsworthy resign as Miles Franklin Award judges in protest at changes to the charter governing the award's administration.
  • Literary fiction

  • Sarah Armstrong — Salt Rain
  • Larissa Behrendt — Home
  • Carmel Bird — Cape Grimm
  • Steven Carroll — The Gift of Speed
  • John Charalambous — Furies
  • Bryce Courtenay — Brother Fish
  • Sophie Cunningham — Geography
  • Jack Dann — The Rebel: An Imagined Life of James Dean
  • Nick Earls — The Thompson Gunner
  • Susan Johnson — The Broken Book
  • Gail Jones — Sixty Lights
  • Stefan Laszczuk — The Goddamn Bus of Happiness
  • Amanda Lohrey — The Philosopher's Doll
  • Colleen McCullough — Angel Puss
  • Andrew McGahan — The White Earth
  • Monica McInerney — The Alphabet Sisters
  • Emily Maguire — Taming the Beast
  • Steven Orr — Hill of Grace
  • Eva Sallis — Fire Fire
  • Nicholas Shakespeare — Snowleg
  • Celestine Hitiura Vaite — Frangipani
  • Gerard Windsor — I Have Kissed Your Lips
  • Charlotte Wood — The Submerged Cathedral
  • Arnold Zable — Scraps of Heaven
  • Children's and Young Adult fiction

  • Joanna Baker — Devastation Road
  • Michael Gerard Bauer — The Running Man
  • Sherryl Clark — Farm Kid
  • Joanne Crawford and Grace Fielding — A Home for Bilby
  • Anthony Eaton — Fireshadow
  • Sonya Hartnett — The Silver Donkey
  • Steven Herrick — By the River
  • Joanne Horniman — Secret Scribbled Notebooks
  • Prue Mason — Camel Rider
  • Garth Nix — Grim Tuesday
  • Scott Westerfeld — So Yesterday
  • Crime

  • Peter Corris — The Coast Road
  • Colin Cotterill — The Coroner's Lunch
  • Kathryn Fox — Malicious Intent
  • Jane Goodall — The Walker
  • Kerry Greenwood
  • Earthly Delights
  • Heavenly Pleasures
  • Malcolm Knox — A Private Man
  • Barry Maitland — No Trace
  • Tara Moss — Covet
  • Tony Park — Far Horizon
  • Steve J. Spears — Murder by Manuscript
  • Romance

  • Christine Balint — Ophelia's Fan
  • Catherine Jinks — Spinning Around
  • Stephanie Laurens — The Ideal Bride
  • Rachael Treasure — The Stockmen
  • Lynne Wilding — Outback Sunset
  • Science Fiction and Fantasy

  • John Brosnan — Mothership
  • Jack Dann — The Rebel
  • Marianne de Pierres — Nylon Angel
  • Richard Harland — The Black Crusade
  • Simon Haynes — Hal Spacejock: Just Desserts
  • Liam Hearn — Brilliance of the Moon
  • Margo Lanagan — Black Juice
  • Glenda Larke — The Tainted
  • Maxine McArthur — Less than Human
  • Sophie Masson — Snow, Fire, Sword
  • Josephine Pennicott — A Fire in the Shell
  • Cherry Wilder — The Wanderer
  • Kim Wilkins — Brilliance of the Moon
  • Sean Williams — The Crooked Letter
  • Drama

  • Martin Flanagan — The Call
  • Michael Gurr — Julia Three
  • Debra Oswald — Mr Bailey's Minder
  • Abe Pogos — Toby
  • Alana Valentine — Run Rabbit Run!
  • David Williamson — Amigos
  • Poetry

  • M. T. C. Cronin — <More or Less Than> 1-100
  • Luke Davies — Totem
  • Sarah Day — The Ship
  • Noel Rowe — Next to Nothing
  • Dipti Saravanamuttu — The Colosseum
  • Samuel Wagan Watson — Smoke Encrypted Whispers
  • Non-fiction

  • Peter Carey — Wrong About Japan: A Father's Journey with His Son
  • Graeme Davison with Sheryl Yelland — Car Wars: How the Car Won Our Hearts and Conquered Our Cities
  • Sally Neighbour — In the Shadow of Swords: on the Trail of Terrorism from Afghanistan to Australia
  • Biographies

  • Michael Ackland — Henry Handel Richardson: A Life
  • Phillip Adams — Adam's Ark
  • Gay Bilson — Plenty: Digressions on Food
  • Max Brown — Charmian and George: The Marriage of George Johnston and Charmian Clift
  • Don Chipp — Keep the Bastards Honest
  • Michael Duffy — Latham and Abbott
  • Carolly Erikson — The Girl from Botany Bay: The True Story of Mary Broad and Her Extraordinary Escape
  • Peter FitzSimons — Steve Waugh
  • Tim Flannery — Country
  • John Hughes — The Idea of Home: Autobiographical Essays
  • John Marsden — I Am What I Am: My Life and Curious Times
  • Siobhan O'Brien — A Life by Design: The Art and Lives of Florence Broadhurst
  • Sue Pieters-Hawke and Hazel Flynn — Hazel's Journey: A Personal Experience of Alzheimer's
  • Peter Roebuck — Sometimes I Forgot to Laugh
  • Charles Tingwell — Bud: A Life
  • Stevie Wright and Glenn Goldsmith — Hard Road: The Life and Times of Stevie Wright
  • Awards and honours

    Note: these awards were presented in the year in question.

    Deaths

  • 3 January — Barbara Jefferis, novelist and dramatist (born 1917)
  • 8 January — Norman Talbot, poet (born 1936)
  • 17 February — Bruce Beaver, poet (born 1928)
  • 11 April — Wilbur G. Howcroft, writer for children (born 1917)
  • 7 July — Elisabeth MacIntyre, writer for children (born 1916)
  • 17 August — Thea Astley, novelist (born 1925)
  • 8 November — Peter Mathers, novelist and short story writer (born 1931)
  • References

    2004 in Australian literature Wikipedia


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