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Michael McGirr Michael McGirr i(A28452 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 ;
Gender: Male
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Michael McGirr was a Jesuit for twenty years and a Catholic priest for seven. McGirr was a founding staff member of Eureka Street and has been a regular newspaper columnist and reviewer for newspapers such as the Sydney Morning Herald. He was fiction editor of Meanjin from 2001-2005. In 2005 McGirr was the H. C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow at the Australian National University. In January 2007 McGirr moved to Melbourne to take up a position as head of faith and mission at St Kevin's College in Toorak.

In addition to numerous literary reviews and critical works, McGirr has published several titles on religious subjects: The Good Life: Stories of Faith and Life (2000), Unhinged Saints (1998) and Finding God's Traces (2004).

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Bypass : The Story of a Road Sydney : Picador , 2004 Z1136209 2004 single work prose travel
2005 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
y separately published work icon Things You Get for Free Sydney : Pan Macmillan Australia , 2000 Z668627 2000 single work autobiography travel 'At the age of thirty-four, Michael McGirr decides to take his charming and inimitable mum on the honeymoon she and her late husband never got around to having. Between recounting their hilarious travels around Europe and meditating on the historical figures who dot their voyage — everyone from Hemingway to Michelangelo to the quietly heroic people who inspire McGirr's special brand of faith — he plunges deep into his family history, unearthing sickness and depression but also moments of great love and perseverance.

'Things You Get for Free is a deeply moving spiritual and intellectual journey that sparkles with McGirr's singular wit and proves the truth behind his mother's favourite saying: "I know more than you think I know."' (From the Scribe website, abstract for 2012 edition.)
2001 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2000 shortlisted Booksellers Choice Award
The Once 1998 single work short story
— Appears in: The Age , 21 November 1998; (p. 2)
1998 second The Age Short Story Competition
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