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Gregory Day Gregory Day i(A1306 works by)
Born: Established: Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Writer, poet and musician Gregory Day has been based on the southwest coast of Victoria. His CD of songs about the construction of the Great Ocean Road, titled The Flash Road, was released in 2005. Day has divided his time between writing and working as a fishmonger and bookseller.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 winner Nature Writing Prize for 'The Watergaw'.
2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Individuals and groups ($45,000)
2020 winner Patrick White Award

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Bell of the World Yarraville : Transit Lounge , 2023 25539430 2023 single work novel

'When a troubled Sarah Hutchinson returns to Australia from boarding school in England and time spent in Europe, she is sent to live with her eccentric Uncle Ferny on the family property, Ngangahook. With the sound of the ocean surrounding everything they do on the farm, Sarah and her uncle form an inspired bond hosting visiting field naturalists and holding soirees in which Sarah performs on a piano whose sound she has altered with items and objects from the bush and shore.

'As Sarah’s world is nourished by music and poetry, Ferny’s life is marked by Such is Life, a book he has read and reread, so much so that the volume is falling apart. Its saviour is Jones the Bookbinder of Moolap, who performs a miraculous act. To shock and surprise, Jones interleaves Ferny’s volume with a book he bought from an American sailor, a once obscure tale of whales and the sea. In art as in life nature seems supreme. Ngangahook and its environs are threatened, however, when members of the community ask the Hutchinsons to help ‘make a savage landscape sacred’ by financing the installation of a town bell. The fearless musician and her idealistic uncle refuse to buckle to local pressures, mounting their own defence of ‘the bell of the world’.

'Gregory Day’s new novel embodies a cultural reckoning in a breathtakingly beautiful and lyrical way. The Bell of the World is both a song to the natural wonders that are not yet gone and a luminous prehistory of contemporary climate change and its connection to colonialism. It is a book immersed in the early to mid-twentieth century but written very much for the hearts of the future.' (Publication summary)   

2024 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2023 longlisted Mark and Evette Moran Nib Award for Literature
y separately published work icon A Sand Archive Sydney : Picador , 2018 13723994 2018 single work novel

'Seeking stories of Australia's Great Ocean Road, a young writer stumbles across a manual from a minor player in the road's history, FB Herschell. It is a volume unremarkable in every way, save for the surprising portrait of its author that can be read between its lines: a vision of a man who writes with uncanny poetry about sand.

And as he continues to mine the archive of FB Herschell - engineer, historian, philosopher - it is not the subject, but the man who begins to fascinate. A man whose private revolution among the streets of Paris in May 1968 begins to change the way he views life, love, and the coastal landscape into which he was born...' (Source: Publisher's blurb)

2019 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
y separately published work icon Archipelago of Souls Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2015 8683488 2015 single work novel war literature

'In the aftermath of the Second World War, an Australian soldier, Wesley Cress, a hero of the underground resistance on German-occupied Crete, seeks solace and comfort on King Island, in the mouth of Bass Strait, in the Roaring Forties latitude of the Southern Ocean.

'Wesley carries in his heart the infernal story of the Battle of Crete, the disappearance of his brother in the ensuing evacuation, and the hellish journey he was forced to take after he was left behind on the ancient island.

'When he meets Leonie Fermoy, the granddaughter of an American whaler with her own nightmares, the private and the public battles of their post-war worlds begin to fuse. Through the agency of John Lascelles - the unassuming postmaster on the island and a crusader for the rights of returned soldiers - Wes and Leonie attempt to negotiate a future in which love can prevail in a morally devastated world.

'Archipelago of Souls is a novel exploring the difficult realities of nationhood, war, morality and love. Compelling and beautifully realised, it is about the creation of identity, the enigmas of memory and the power of the written word to heal the deepest wounds.'

2017 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmanian Literary Awards Tasmania Book Prize
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