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Richard Harland Richard Harland i(A21008 works by) (a.k.a. Richard Thomas Harland)
Born: Established: 1947 Huddersfield, Yorkshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1970
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Richard Harland's childhood was spent in various parts of England. At the completion of his schooling he studied at Cambridge University before moving to Australia in 1970 to undertake a Master of Arts degree at Newcastle University. He continued his studies at Sydney University, commencing a PhD on the theory of narrative before moving to the University of New South Wales where he completed a PhD on the development of Structuralism, Semiotics and Poststructuralism. Harland, who became an Australian citizen in 1990, lectured in the English Department of the University of Wollongong and published several books on literary theory before turning to full time creative writing in 1997.

Among Harland's achievements as a speculative fiction author are several prestigious literary awards. In 2004 he was the recipient of three Aurealis Awards - Best Horror Novel and Golden Aurealis Award for Best Novel (for The Black Crusade), and joint winner of the Award for Best Fantasy Short Story ("Catabolic Magic"). In addition to The Black Crusade, which is a prequel to his first published novel The Vicar of Morbing Vyle, Harland's other major works included the trilogies Eddon and Vail (1997-1999) and Heaven and Earth (2000-2003).

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

His Shining Day 2016 single work short story
— Appears in: Dreaming in the Dark 2016; (p. 173-196)

'Paulie hated not being able to understand things. He knew they'd had to drive kilometres off the main route—bumping along a rough road with the caravan behind—but why hadn't the tank been properly filled with petrol? He knew Mr Spyriadakos was something to do with the Greek branch of Dad's company in Australia, but why did he have to travel with them all the way to Athens? He knew Dad and Mr Spyriadakos had been unable to work the single pump at the dilapidated, tin-shed petrol station outside the village, but why was there nobody there to serve them?' (Introduction) 

2016 winner Australian Shadows Award Short Fiction
The Fear 2010 single work short story horror
— Appears in: Macabre : A Journey Through Australia's Darkest Fears 2010; (p. 636-669)
2010 winner Aurealis Awards for Excellence in Australian Speculative Fiction Horror Division Best Short Story
y separately published work icon Worldshaker Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1588259 2009 single work novel young adult science fiction Set in a pseudo-Victorian parallel world, a 'brilliant steam punk fantasy that will hook you from the very first page, set aboard a huge ship in which the elites live on the top decks while the Filthies toil below. Strong writing, a vivid alternative world and characters you'll never forget. (Libraries Australia record)
2010 shortlisted Ditmar Awards Best Novel
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2009 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
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