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Dorothy Simmons Dorothy Simmons i(A29831 works by) (a.k.a. Dotty Simmons; Dotti Simmons)
Born: Established: 1950
Northern Ireland,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Female
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Dorothy Simmons emigated from Northern Ireland as a young adult. In addition to being a writer, Simmons is a teacher of English. She has written plays, short stories, novels and teaching notes and has studied for a PhD in Creative Writing at the University of Melbourne.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2021 finalist The Joanne Burns Award
2017 finalist The Joanne Burns Award For 'In the Air'.
2015 winner FAW Marjorie Barnard Short Story Award for 'Count Down'.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Living like a Kelly : A Novel North Melbourne : Australian Scholarly Publishing , 2015 9046221 2015 single work novel historical fiction

'Greta, Victoria, 1911.

A thunder-storm forces journalist Brian Cookson to seek shelter at a roadside cottage; he is taken in by three little girls and the old woman they call Gran. Cookson starts to explain that he has to write a story about Dan Kelly and Steve Hart of the Kelly Gang being alive and well in South Africa. The old woman spins round and glares.

' "Lies, lies, lies!"

'Cookson is dumbfounded.

"But how can you know?"

"I am his mother."

'Will she ever trust a newspaper man with the truth about living like a Kelly?' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
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