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Mirandi Riwoe Mirandi Riwoe i(A129285 works by)
Also writes as: M.J. Tjia
Gender: Female
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Mirandi Riwoe holds a Masters degree and a PhD in Creative Writing and Literary Studies (both from Queensland University of Technology), and has tutored in literary studies and creative writing at QUT. In 2017, she was planning work that focused on Australian women and Chinese migrant gold diggers during the Australian gold rush period.

Her work has appeared in Rex, Peril, Shibboleth, and Other Stories. Her debut novel, an historical crime novel set in Victorian London that formed part of her PhD, was published in 2017, and has since been followed by a number of sequels involving the same sleuth. Her 2017 novella, The Fish Girl, was shortlisted for the Stella Prize.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 shortlisted Peter Carey Short Story Award for 'What Would Kim Do'.
2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Arts Projects for Individuals and Groups     $48,000 
2019 recipient The Neilma Sidney Literary Travel Fund

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Stone Sky Gold Mountain St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2020 18132113 2020 single work novel

'Tragic family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to flee their home in China to seek their fortunes in North Queensland. Life on the gold fields is hard, and they soon abandon the diggings and head to nearby Maytown. Once there, Lai Yue finds a job as a carrier on expeditions, taking him far away from his sister. Ying remains in the township, where she works in a local store and strikes up an unlikely friendship with Meriem, a young white woman with a troubled past. Maytown is a place where violence frequently erupts and, when a serious crime is committed, suspicion falls on all those who are considered outsiders.

'Evoking the rich, unfolding tapestry of Australian life in the late nineteenth century, Stone Sky Gold Mountain is a heartbreaking and timeless story about those exiled from family and place who encounter discrimination yet yearn for acceptance.'   (Publication summary)

2021 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Literary Fiction Book designed by Sandy Cull
2021 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
2020 inaugural winner HNSA Historical Novel Prize
2020 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Queensland Premier's Award for a Work of State Significance
2020 winner Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2020 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
y separately published work icon The Fish Girl Sydney : Seizure , 2017 11647289 2017 single work novella

'Sparked by the description of a 'Malay trollope' in W. Somerset Maugham's story, The Four Dutchmen, Mirandi Riwoe's novella, The Fish Girl tells of an Indonesian girl whose life is changed irrevocably when she moves from a small fishing village to work in the house of a Dutch merchant. There she finds both hardship and tenderness as her traditional past and colonial present collide.

'Told with an exquisitely restrained voice and coloured with lush description, this moving book will stay with you long after the last page.' (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2018 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2018 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2017 joint winner Viva La Novella Award
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