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Rohan Wilson Rohan Wilson i(A139679 works by) (a.k.a. Rohan David Wilson)
Born: Established: Launceston, Northeast Tasmania, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Male
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Born and raised in Launceston, Tasmania, Rohan Wilson holds degrees and diplomas from the universities of Tasmania, Southern Queensland and Melbourne. He worked in the hospitality industry before moving to Japan in 2003 where he taught English for several years. For his masters thesis, Wilson focused on the conflicts between white settlers and Indigenous Australians in Tasmania. This in turn led to his writing of the Vogel award-winning novel The Roving Party.

Wilson has undertaken studies towards a PhD in creative writing at the University of Melbourne. His thesis concentrates on the friction between history and fiction.

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  • Twitter address: @rohan_wilson

Awards for Works

To Name Those Lost 2014 single work novel historical fiction

'Summer 1874, and Launceston teeters on the brink of anarchy. After abandoning his wife and child many years ago, the Black War veteran Thomas Toosey must return to the city to search for William, his now motherless twelve-year-old son. He travels through the island's northern districts during a time of impossible hardship - hardship that has left its mark on him too. Arriving in Launceston, however, Toosey discovers a town in chaos. He is desperate to find his son amid the looting and destruction, but at every turn he is confronted by the Irish transportee Fitheal Flynn and his companion, the hooded man, to whom Toosey owes a debt that he must repay.

'To Name Those Lost is the story of a father's journey. Wilson has an eye for the dirt, the hardness, the sheer dog-eat-doggedness of the lives of the poor. Human nature is revealed in all its horror and beauty as Thomas Toosey struggles with the good and the vile in himself and learns what he holds important.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2015 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Fiction
2015 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Fiction
2015 winner Tasmania Book Prize People's Choice Award
2015 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2015 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2015 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Margaret Scott Prize
2015 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmania Book Prize
2014 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
2014 highly commended The Fellowship of Australian Writers Victoria Inc. National Literary Awards FAW Christina Stead Award
The Roving Party 2011 single work novel historical fiction '1829, Tasmania.

'John Batman, ruthless, singleminded; four convicts, the youngest still only a stripling; Gould, a downtrodden farmhand; two free black trackers; and powerful, educated Black Bill, brought up from childhood as a white man. This is the roving party and their purpose is massacre. With promises of freedom, land grants and money, each is willing to risk his life for the prize.

'Passing over many miles of tortured country, the roving party searches for Aborigines, taking few prisoners and killing freely, Batman never abandoning the visceral intensity of his hunt. And all the while, Black Bill pursues his personal quarry, the much-feared warrior, Manalargena.

A surprisingly beautiful evocation of horror and brutality, The Roving Party is a meditation on the intricacies of human nature at its most raw.' (From the publisher's website.)
2013 winner Tasmania Book Prizes Margaret Scott Prize
2013 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmania Book Prize
2012 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2012 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
2012 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2012 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Newcomer of the Year
2012 shortlisted The National Year of Reading 2012 Our Story Collection Tasmania
2012 shortlisted Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for Fiction
2012 shortlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2011 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
2011 winner The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
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