Brenda Walker i(97 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 Grafton, Grafton area, Grafton - Maclean area, Mid North Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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Brenda Walker studied at the University of New England and completed a doctorate on the work of Samuel Beckett at the Australian National University. Since 1984, she has taught at the University of Western Australia, where she is currently an Associate Professor within the School of Social and Cultural Studies. As well as creative writing, her areas of research interest include gender studies, Australian literature and late modernism. Walker served as the reviews editor advisor for Westerly from 1989 to 1999. Her work has been published in numerous Australian and international journals.

Awards for Works

Reading by Moonlight : How Books Saved a Life 2010 single work autobiography

'The first time Brenda Walker packed her bag to go into hospital, she wondered which book to take with her. As a novelist and professor of literature, her life had been built around reading and writing. Now she was also a patient, being treated for breast cancer, fighting for her life and afraid for herself and her family. But turning to medicine didn't mean she turned away from fiction. Books had always been her solace and sustenance, and now choosing the right one was the most important thing she could do for herself.

'In Reading by Moonlight, Brenda describes the five stages of her treatment and how different books and authors helped her through the tumultuous process of recovery. As well as offering wonderful introductions and insights into the work of writers like Dante, Tolstoy, Nabokov, Beckett and Dickens, Brenda shows how the very process of reading - surrendering and then regathering yourself - echoes the process of healing.

'Reading by Moonlight guides, reassures, throws light on dark places, and finds beauty in the stories that come to us in times of jeopardy. It affirms that reading can be essential to life itself.' (From the publisher's website.)

2012 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for Non-Fiction
2011 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2011 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2010 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Non-Fiction Book
2010 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
2010 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Non-Fiction
The Window "Empty morings are beautiful,", Australian Book Review , March no. 299 The Best Australian Poems 2008 , Motherlode : Australian Women's Poetry 1986 - 2008 , 2008 single work poetry
2008 shortlisted Peter Porter Poetry Prize Prize known as the ABR Poetry Prize in 2008.
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