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Marcella Polain Marcella Polain i(A27286 works by)
Born: Established: 1958
Southeast Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1960
Heritage: Armenian ; Irish
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Born in 1958 in Singapore, to Armenian and Irish parents, Marcella Polain arrived in Perth in 1960. She studied at Curtin University and at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School in Sydney. Since the mid 1990s she has taught writing at Murdoch University and the University of Western Australia. Prior to that, she worked as a screen writer and secondary teacher. In 1994, Polain co-founded WEB, a monthly reading and performance event for women in Western Australia.

Most Referenced Works


  • In 2015 Dr Marcella Polain was awarded the International Grand Prize for Poetry at the 19th International Curtea de Arges Poetry Nights Festival in Romania. The three winning poems are : Still; Turn; and Silence

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Edge of the World Fremantle : Fremantle Press , 2007 Z1424667 2007 single work novel 'A powerful story of a Turkish Armenian family that disintegrates as a result of genocide, exile and emigration, but which, through acts of courage and compassion, is eventually brought together again - albeit utterly changed.' (Publisher's blurb)
2008 shortlisted South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
Skin 2005 single work short story
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 50 no. 2005; (p. 284-287)
2005 Patricia Hackett Prize Award shared with Simone Lazaroo.
y separately published work icon Dumbstruck Wollongong : Five Islands Press , 1996 Z225041 1996 selected work poetry
1996 winner Anne Elder Award
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