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Peter Polites Peter Polites i(6310501 works by)
Gender: Male
Heritage: Greek
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Writer from Western Sydney.

Associate Director of SWEATSHOP (a Western Sydney literacy movement focused on marginalised communities), Polites has performed his own works across Australia, including Three Jerks (2014), a spoken-word piece influenced by the Cronulla riots, co-authored with Luke Carman and Michael Mohammed Ahmad, which was performed in both Sydney and Melbourne.

As an editor, Polites produced Ornaments from Two Countries: GLBTIQ Stories od Difference from Western Sydney and Regional NSW.

His first novel, Down the Hume, was published in early 2017. His play, Steps into Katouna, about migrant experience in Western Sydney, was commissioned for the 2017 Sydney Festival, where it was performed as part of Home Country, triptych of plays about identity, staged in a multi-level carpark in Blacktown (the other plays were Andrea James's Blacktown Angel and Gaele Sobott's Zaphora and I). Polites is also the co-writer of the web series ILUVUBUT.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2011 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Writing workshops with GLBTIQ people from Western Sydney and Regional NSW to create a publication.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Pillars Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2019 15595396 2019 single work novel

'Don't worry about the housing bubble, she would say. Don't worry about the fact that you will never be able to afford a home. Worry about the day after. That's when they will all come, with their black shirts and bayonets, and then you will see the drowned bodies and slit necks. And I would stand there and say, But Mum, I'm ten years old.

'Working as a writer hasn't granted Panos the financial success he once imagined, but lobbying against a mosque being built across the road from his home (and the occasional meth-fuelled orgy) helps to pass the time. He's also found himself a gig ghostwriting for a wealthy property developer. The pay cheque alone is enough for him to turn a blind eye to some dodgy dealings - at least for the time being.

'In a world full of flashy consumerism and aspiration, can Panos really escape his lot in life? And does he really want to?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW Award
2020 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book designed by Josh Durham, Design by Committee
The Final Boys 2018 single work short story
— Appears in: Meanjin , Autumn vol. 77 no. 1 2018; (p. 76-81)
2020 winner The Woollahra Digital Literary Award Fiction
y separately published work icon Down the Hume Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2017 9915831 2017 single work novel

'A confronting and powerful novel from an exciting new voice - for lovers of Christos Tsiolkas (Loaded) and Luke Davies (Candy).

'He touched my face. When his hand went along my bruised top lip and my almost broken nose, I winced from the pain. His fist went into a deep denim pocket. Pulled out a Syrinapx bottle, twisted the cap off and handed me two light blue pills.'

'How did Bucky get here? A series of accidents. A tragic love for a violent man. An addiction to painkillers he can't seem to kick. An unlikely friendship with an ageing patient.

'Drugs, memories and the objects of his desire are colluding against Bucky. And when it hits him. Bam. A ton of bricks ...

'The shadowy places of Western Sydney can be lit up with the hope of love, but no streetlight can illuminate like obsession.

'A novel of addiction, secrets and misplaced love, this is an Australian debut not to be missed.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Multicultural NSW Award
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