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Ceridwen Dovey Ceridwen Dovey i(A113321 works by)
Born: Established: 1980 Pietermaritzburg, Natal (Province), Southern Africa, Africa, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Ceridwen Dovey was born in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa, and attended North Sydney Girls High School.

In 1999, she left Australia for undergraduate study at Harvard, where she completed a joint degree in anthropology and visual & environmental studies. Her work included documentaries on post-apartheid South Africa, with a focus on labour relations.

Dovey spent a year as a research assistant for the current affairs program NOW with Bill Moyers after graduation, before returning to study. She wrote her novel Blood Kin as her thesis for a Masters in Creative Writing at the University of Cape Town. She then obtained a PhD in anthropology from New York University.

Dovey regularly contributes non-fiction and essays to newyorker.com (The New Yorker’s website), and to The Monthly.

As of 2018, she lives in Sydney.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Board Fellowship Literature Arts Projects For Individuals and Groups $40,000.00
2010 New South Wales Writer's Fellowship $20,000 to work on a collection of short stories exploring the limits of human empathy.
2008 Literature Board Grants Grants for Developing Writers $25,000

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Only the Animals Melbourne : Penguin , 2014 7149680 2014 selected work short story (taught in 4 units)

'In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette's theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany, Himmler's dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo, a bear starving to death tells a fairytale; and a dolphin sent to Iraq by the US Navy writes a letter to Sylvia Plath.

'Ten animal souls tell extraordinary stories about their lives and deaths, caught up in human conflicts of the last century and its turnings. Together they form an animal's eye view of humans at both our brutal, violent worst and our creative, imaginative best. Exquisitely written, playful and poignant, Only the Animals is a remarkable literary achievement by one of our brightest young writers. It asks us to find our way back to empathy not only for animals, but for other people, and to believe again in the redemptive power of reading and writing fiction.' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2015 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The Matt Richell Award for New Writer
2015 longlisted The Stella Prize
2015 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2014 winner Queensland Literary Awards Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award
2014 inaugural winner The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
y separately published work icon Blood Kin London : Atlantic Books , 2007 Z1468673 2007 single work novel thriller

'A chef, a portraitist and a barber are taken hostage in a coup to overthrow their boss, the president of a nameless country. They are held captive in a palatial retreat in the mountains high above the capital city. Meanwhile, the chef's daughter, the portraitist's pregnant wife and the barber's lover watch their men from the shadows – for in such precarious times, intimate relationships are as dangerous as political ones. As the old order falls, so does the veil that hides the truth about the secret passions of these men and women.

'Drawing her readers masterfully towards the novel's devastating climax, Ceridwen Dovey reveals how humanity's most atavistic impulses – vanity, vengeance and greed – seethe, relentlessly, just beneath the surface of everyday life. '

2008 shortlisted International Awards Dylan Thomas Prize
2008 shortlisted Australia-Asia Literary Award
2008 shortlisted International Awards Commonwealth Writers Prize Africa Best First Book
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