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Doris Brett Doris Brett i(A18009 works by)
Born: Established: 1950 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Doris Brett has worked as a clinical psychologist and resided in Melbourne with her husband and daughter. She studied English and Psychology at the University of New England and the University of Melbourne, and her writing often deals with dreams, memories, fairy tales and myths.

Brett's diagnosis with ovarian cancer and her subsequent treatment and recovery have formed the basis for her book of poems In the Constellation of the Crab (1996) and her memoir Eating the Underworld (2001). Her writing also draws upon her experiences of family life, particularly her difficult relationship with her sister, the author Lily Brett. A public dispute between the sisters over Lily's portrayal of their mother is the subject of letters in the Bulletin, and is also treated in Doris Brett's memoir.

Brett has also written books about bread-baking and psychology, and her work has been translated into several languages. In addition to the awards she has received, she was also shortlisted for the National Book Council Literary Award in 1996.

Most Referenced Works


  • Author writes in these languages:ENGLISH

Awards for Works

Pages from the Other World : Snap Shots from a Journey Through Illness 1999 sequence poetry
— Appears in: Island , Summer no. 77 1999; (p. 22-25)
1998 winner Gwen Harwood Memorial Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon In the Constellation of the Crab Sydney : Hale and Iremonger , 1996 Z152769 1996 selected work poetry
1997 shortlisted NBC Banjo Awards NBC Turnbull Fox Phillips Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon The Truth about Unicorns Milton : Jacaranda Press , 1984 Z363622 1984 selected work poetry
1985 winner ASAL Awards Mary Gilmore Award for a First Book of Poetry
1984 winner Anne Elder Award
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