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Tara June Winch i(39 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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BiographyHistory

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.

Personal Awards

2016 shortlisted Neilma Sidney Short Story Prize For 'The Last Class'.
2009 shortlisted InStyle – Woman of Style award
2008 International Awards The Rolex Mentor and Protege Art Initiative For a mentorship with Nigerian writer, and Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka.

Awards for Works

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 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2007 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2007 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2007 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Newcomer of the Year Australian Newcomer of the Year
2006 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Fiction Prize
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 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 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for Indigenous Writing
2006 commended The Kate Challis RAKA Award
2006 special mention Manning Clark House National Cultural Awards Individual Category Individual category
2006 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
2006 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award
2004 winner David Unaipon Award Pre-publication title: Dust on Waterglass
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