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Tara June Winch Tara June Winch i(A84662 works by)
Born: Established: 1983 Wollongong, Wollongong area, Illawarra, South Coast, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Aboriginal ; Aboriginal Wiradjuri people ; Afghan ; English
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Tara June Winch was born in Wollongong in 1983. She is of Wiradjuri, Afghan, and English heritage. At 17, Winch left home to travel across Australia; she continued on to India before spending six months at a Buddhist centre in Scotland. Back in Australia three years later, she settled in Brisbane.

She studied for a Bachelor of Arts at the University of Wollongong. The manuscript for her first book won the David Unaipon Award in 2004, and was published the following year by UQP. In 2007 the Literature Board of the Australia Council funded Winch to undertake a two month residency during 2008 at Ledig House Writers' Colony, Omi, New York. She was also chosen for the 2008-2009 Rolex Mentor and Protege Arts Initiative in which she was partnered with Nigerian writer Wole Soyinka. Winch is an ambassador for the Australia Council's Indigenous Literacy Project and is an advocate for human rights. She is also passionate about women's and children's rights to education and advocates through OneThousandOrg.

Winch's first novel - Swallow the Air - has been on the HSC curriculum for Standard and Advanced English since 2009. Her writing has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, the Bulletin, the Sydney Morning Herald, the Age and Manoa. She has also written for VOGUE, McSweeneys, VICE, and meagre sums. Winch is now based in Paris.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2016 shortlisted Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize For 'The Last Class'.
2016 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Grants Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $46,200.00
2009 shortlisted InStyle – Woman of Style award

Awards for Works

After the Carnage 2016 selected work short story

'Ten years after the much-acclaimed Swallow the Air, Tara June Winch returns with an extraordinary new collection of stories'

'A single mother resorts to extreme measures to protect her young son. A Nigerian student undertakes a United Nations internship in the hope of a better future. A recently divorced man starts a running group with members of an online forum for recovering addicts. '

'Ranging from New York to Istanbul, from Pakistan to Australia, these unforgettable stories chart the distances in their characters’ lives – whether they have grown apart from the ones they love, been displaced from their homeland, or are struggling to reconcile their dreams with reality. A collection of prodigious depth and variety, After the Carnage marks the impressive evolution of one of our finest young writers.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2017 highly commended Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
Swallow the Air 2003 selected work short story

Swallow the Air follows the life of 15-year-old May Gibson, an Aboriginal girl from New South Wales whose mother commits suicide. May and her brother go to live with their aunt, but eventually May travels further afield, first to Redfern's Block in Sydney, then to the Northern Territory, and finally into central New South Wales. She travels to escape, but also in pursuit of a sense of her own history, family, and identity.

2007 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Newcomer of the Year Australian Newcomer of the Year
2007 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2007 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2007 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2006 commended The Kate Challis RAKA Award
2006 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2006 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award This award was known as the Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award from 1988-2007.
2006 nominated Deadly Sounds Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music, Sport, Entertainment and Community Awards Outstanding Achievement in Literature Outstanding Achievement in Literature.
2006 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
2006 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award
2006 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
2006 special mention Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards Individual Category Individual category
2004 winner David Unaipon Award Pre-publication title: Dust on Waterglass
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