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Katherine Brabon Katherine Brabon i(8521892 works by)
Born: Established: Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Katherine Brabon studied history at Oxford and Russian in St Petersburg. Her writing has appeared in The Mays and Carbon Culture Review, and she has been a doctoral student at Monash University.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2022-2023 shortlisted Adaptable (Queensland Writers Centre)
2022 recipient Varuna Fellowships Eleanor Dark Flagship Fellowship for Fiction for her work of autofiction ‘Body Friend’ 
2019 joint winner David Harold Tribe Fiction Award for 'The Pool'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Shut Ins Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 21508254 2021 single work novel

'Mai and Hikaru went to school together in the city of Nagoya, until Hikaru disappeared when they were eighteen. It is not until ten years later, when Mai runs into Hikaru's mother, Hiromi Sato, that Mai learns he became a hikikomori, a recluse unable to leave his bedroom for years. In secret, Hiromi Sato hires Mai as a 'rental sister', to write letters to Hikaru and encourage him to leave his room.

'Mai has recently married J, a devoted salaryman with conservative ideas about the kind of wife Mai will be. The renewed contact with her old school friend, Hikaru, stirs Mai's feelings of invisibility within her marriage. She is frustrated with her life and knows she will never fulfill J's obsession with the perfect wife and mother. What else is there for Mai to do but to disappear herself?' (Publication summary)

2022 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2022 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award
2022 longlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2022 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
Self-Portrait as Frida Kahlo i "I tell her about Frida Kahlo her right leg thinner than the other my left leg", 2021 single work poetry
— Appears in: Island , no. 161 2021; (p. 8-9)
2020-2021 runner-up Gwen Harwood Memorial Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon The Memory Artist Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9511835 2016 single work novel

'How can hope exist when the past is so easily forgotten?

'Pasha Ivanov is a child of the Freeze, born in Moscow during Brezhnev's repressive rule over the Soviet Union. As a small child, Pasha sat at the kitchen table night after night as his parents and their friends gathered to preserve the memory of terrifying Stalinist violence, and to expose the continued harassment of dissidents.

'When Gorbachev promises glasnost, openness, Pasha, an eager twenty-four year old, longs to create art and to carry on the work of those who came before him. He writes; falls in love. Yet that hope, too, fragments and by 1999 Pasha lives a solitary life in St Petersburg. Until a phone call in the middle of the night acts as a summons both to Moscow and to memory.

'Through recollections and observation, Pasha walks through the landscapes of history, from concrete tower suburbs, to a summerhouse during Russia's white night summers, to haunting former prison camps in the Arctic north. Pasha's search to find meaning leads him to assemble a fractured story of Russia's traumatic past.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2017 longlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
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