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Mark Smith Mark Smith i(6132119 works by)
Born: Established: 1957 ;
Gender: Male
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'Mark Smith lives on Victoria’s Surf Coast where he writes and runs outdoor education programs for young adults. His writing has won a number of awards and has appeared in Best Australian Stories, Review of Australian Fiction and the Big Issue' (Text Publishing).

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Most Referenced Works


  • In addition to works individually indexed on AustLit, Mark Smith has also published the following works:

    • 'Water. Air. Salt. Boy', in Victorian Writer (the newsletter of the Victorian Writers Centre), 2014.
    • '10.42 to Sydenham', Writing to the Edge, 2014.
    • 'Milk for India', Award Winning Australian Writing 2013, 2013.
    • 'Drowning', Splashes of Colour: Geelong Writers' Anthology, 2013.
    • 'Before the Knowing', Visible Ink 24, 2012.

Personal Awards

2021 recipient The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund to travel to Albany, WA, for research for new adult novel, ‘Three Boys Gone’
2020 shortlisted Blake-Beckett Trust Scholarship
2020-2021 shortlisted Adaptable (Queensland Writers Centre)

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon If Not Us Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2021 22444196 2021 single work novel young adult

'He’d always accepted the mine and power station were part of Shelbourne. On still nights, the thrum of the turbines echoed down the valley and melded with the sound of the ocean until you couldn’t tell them apart.

'Hesse lives a small coastal town, where a coalmine and power station are a part of the scenery, and a part of the ever-growing problem of climate change. His mum is a member of a local environmental group campaigning to close the mine and shut down the power station. It’s a no-brainer, of course, but Hesse is more interested in surfing—and in Fenna, the new exchange student from the Netherlands.

'But when someone seems to be trying to derail the campaign, and his friends’ families face losing their jobs, Hesse begins to realise that things are complex.

'Even though he’s reluctant to step into the spotlight, with Fenna’s encouragement he decides it’s time to make a stand. Because some things are too important to leave to everyone else. And even one small, nervous voice can make a difference.

'When Hesse agrees to speak at a protest meeting he has no idea of the storm he is about to unleash.

'If Not Us is Mark Smith’s first standalone YA novel following his hugely successful Winter trilogy. It’s another great story with an engaging and relatable protagonist, as well as an impassioned plea for climate-change action that will inspire and empower readers of all ages.' (Publication summary)

2022 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Older Children
2022 shortlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
y separately published work icon Land of Fences Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2019 15404567 2019 single work novel young adult

'Finn and Kas are surviving on the coast—more than surviving: they’re enjoying the surf, the summer and being together. And now, the lights of Wentworth mean life could soon be back to normal. Finn is cautiously optimistic, but Kas knows she can never escape her status as a Siley, and that a return to slavery is a very real possibility. She’s nervous. And it turns out she’s right to be. When Kas is captured and taken inside the fences, Finn faces his greatest challenge yet.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 longlisted Indie Awards Young Adult
Last amended 29 Jun 2021 14:08:00
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