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Emily Bitto Emily Bitto i(A110320 works by)
Gender: Female
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Melbourne-based writer Emily Bitto has a Masters degree and a PhD in creative writing, both from the University of Melbourne, where she has also worked as a sessional teacher in the creative-writing program. Her writing has appeared in a number of Australian publications, including Meanjin, Heat, the Sydney Morning Herald, and the Australian Literary Review.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2023 recipient The Bundanon Trust Artist in Residence Program
2020 recipient City of Melbourne COVID-19 Arts Grants for Camp Road
2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups     $19,900 

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Wild Abandon Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2021 22584617 2021 single work novel

'A breathtaking new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays.

'In the fall of 2011, a heartbroken young man flees Australia for the USA. Landing in the excessive, uncanny-familiar glamour and plenitude of New York City, Will makes a vow to say yes to everything that comes his way. By fate or random chance, Will's journey takes him deep into the American heartland where he meets Wayne Gage, a fast-living, troubled Vietnam veteran, would-be spirit guide and collector of exotic animals. These two men in crisis form an unlikely friendship, but Will has no idea just how close to the edge Wayne truly is.

'Wild Abandon is a headlong tumble through the falling world of end-days capitalism, a haunting, hyperreal snapshot of our own strange times. We read with increasing horror and denial as we approach the cataclysmic conclusion of Will's American odyssey, dreading what is galloping towards us, but utterly unable to look away.

'This lyrical and devastating new novel from the Stella Prize-winning author of The Strays offers us startling and profound visions of the world and our place in it.' (Publication summary)

2022 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2022 winner Colin Roderick Award
2022 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2022 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Strays Melbourne : Affirm Press , 2014 6974116 2014 single work novel historical fiction (taught in 2 units)

'On her first day of school, Lily Struthers meets Eva, one of the daughters of the infamous avant-garde artist Evan Trentham. He and his wife are attempting to escape the stifling conservatism of 1930s Australia by inviting other like-minded artists to live and work with them at their family home. As Lily’s friendship with Eva grows, she becomes infatuated with this artist colony, longing to truly belong to this makeshift family.

'Looking back on those years later in life, Lily realises that this utopian circle involved the same themes as Evan Trentham’s art: Faustian bargains and terrible recompense; spectacular fortunes and falls from grace. Yet it was not Evan, nor the other artists he gathered around him, but his own daughters, who paid the debt that was owing.

'The Strays is an engrossing story of ambition, sacrifice and compromised loyalties from an exciting new talent.'

Source: Publisher's blurb. (Sighted: 30/1/2014)

2016 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2015 shortlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita May Dobbie Award
2015 winner The Stella Prize
2015 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2013 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript by an Emerging Victorian Writer
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