Mark O'Flynn Mark O'Flynn i(A17681 works by) (a.k.a. Mark Oliver O'Flynn)
Also writes as: 'Omar O'Mally'
Born: Established: 1958 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Mark O'Flynn graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1979 from Swinburne Institute and later completed a script-writing course at the Victorian College of the Arts. O'Flynn has written 'Jokers at Work' and 'The Surfing Show' for the Mill Theatre and 'Waiters' and 'War 'n' Pieces' for the Victorian Arts Council. As well as plays, he has produced fiction, poetry and radio programmes. In 2001 he was a founding member of Weatherboard Theatre Company and received funding from the New South Wales Ministry for the Arts to write 'Eleanor and Eve' (a play about Eve Langley and Eleanor Dark qq.v.), performed by the Railway Street Theatre Company and the Weatherboard Theatre Company at the Q Theatre, Penrith in 2003. In 2007 he was recipient of a writing residency in Ireland funded by the Australia Council. O'Flynn lives in the Blue Mountains (2006).

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The Last Days of Ava Langdon 2016 single work novel

'Ava Langdon is often not herself. Having fled her early life in New Zealand and endured the loss of her children, she now lives as a recluse in the Blue Mountains. Regarded by locals as a colourful eccentric, she dresses in men's clothes and fearlessly pursues her artistic path.

'All that matters to Ava is her writing. Words offer beauty and a sense of possibility when so much else has been lost. But can they offer her redemption in her last days?

'Poetic, poignant, and at times bitingly funny, The Last Days of Ava Langdon takes us into the mind of a true maverick.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
False Start : A Memoir of Things Best Forgotten 2013 single work autobiography 'In the early 1980s, recently graduated arts student Mark O'Flynn is told in no uncertain terms by his father to stop fruit picking and get a proper job! In an effort to kickstart his son's career in the workplace he arranges for Mark to work in a quarry in outback Australia. Dropped in the middle of central Queensland, and somewhat underwhelmed by the 40 degree heat, barrage of flies, never ending parade of snakes and a steady diet of meat and beer, Mark encounters a group of men the likes of whom he has never seen before in his city life. Men the colour of boiled mutton, who work only as hard as they need to, play as hard as they can, adhered strictly to the rules of the union and call each other 'Brother'. Soon Mark realises that the men are under the impression that he is a 'science expert' and decides the best ...and only ...thing to do is go with the flow. So begins Mark's adventures in being an 'accidental expert', a situation he finds himself in on a recurring basis, whether it is as a rock specialist, a writer and actor thrust prematurely upon the stage or a special agent charged with the safe transport of a life-size statue of the Virgin Mary to Ireland. These hilarious and droll accounts of three jobs that went 'horribly wrong' continue the rich tradition of the great Australian yarn - and will appeal to readers who appreciate the unexpected and the bizarre wrapped in a laconic sense of humour.' (Publisher's blurb)
2012 finalist Finch Memoir Prize
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