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Enza Gandolfo Enza Gandolfo i(A10823 works by)
Born: Established: 1957
Gender: Female
Heritage: Italian
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Enza Gandolfo was born in Melbourne of Sicilian parents. A speaker of both Italian and English, she has received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, a Diploma of Education, a Graduate Diploma in Women's Studies, a Masters and PhD in Creative Writing. She has worked as a teacher, youth worker and a research officer in local government and since 2005 as a Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing at Victoria University.

Her first novel, Swimming (Vanark Press), was published in 2009 and was shortlisted for the Barbara Jefferis Award. She is interested in the power of stories to create understanding and empathy with a particular focus on feminist and political fiction. She is also interested in women and creativity and been involved in a number of collaborative projects including ART/HOPE/CULTURE: Empowering Migrant Women’s Art and Culture (2014) with Dr Anne Harris; The Everyday Creativity of Women Craftmakers (2009) and The Glory Box Project (2011) with Prof Marty Grace; and Inventory on Op Shop (2008) with Sue Dodd. From 2012, she was a co-editor of TEXT Journal of Writing and Writing Courses.

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Awards for Works

Swimming : A Novel Swimming : Writing Childlessness : A Novel and Exegesis , 2004 single work novel

'Kate Wilks is a swimmer, a teacher and a writer, but she has never been a mother. She believes she has a good and satisfying life until a chance encounter with her ex-husband and his daughter. Suddenly submerged by a past overflowing with grief, secrets and betrayals, Kate is forced to reassess her life.

Swimming is a lyrical story of one woman's journey. A novel about loss and survival, friendship and love, creativity and fulfilment, it will resonate with anyone whose life hasn't turned out as planned.' (Publisher's blurb)

2010 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
2008 shortlisted ABC Fiction Award
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