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Fiona Wright has worked as a Project assistant with the Red Room Company, which aims to create, promote and distribute poetry by new and emerging Australian writers to the public in unusual ways. She was awarded an Island of Residencies placement at the Tasmania Writers' Centre in 2007, and an Emerging Writers' Grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 2010. She has been Assistant Editor of the literary journal HEAT and in 2011 was Publications Officer in the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.

Awards for Works

Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger 2015 selected work essay

Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author's affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author's own actions and motivations. The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright's life, at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney. They combine research, travel writing, memoir, and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glück deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, and detailed and humorous views of hunger-induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wrights poetry. [Trove]

2016 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2016 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2016 winner Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2015 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
Knuckled 2011 selected work poetry The poems in Knuckled range from the flooded towns of the Snowy Mountains to the burnt-out landscape of Victoria to the holiday beaches of coastal NSW. A sequence set in Sri Lanka compares the poet's and her grandfather's different experiences of Asia - other poems pursue this experience in Cambodia, Vietnam and Indonesia. But it is the suburbs of Western Sydney, where the poet grew up and now works, that is her particular territory, with its mixture of voices and perspectives rendered all the more intensely for the compression and understatement with which they are presented. Knuckled is Wright's first collection of poetry. [From the publisher]
2012 winner ASAL Awards Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry
2011 commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Anne Elder Poetry Award
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