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Paddy O'Reilly Paddy O'Reilly i(A3183 works by) (a.k.a. Patricia O'Reilly; P. A. O'Reilly)
Born: Established: 1959 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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Paddy O'Reilly was born in Melbourne. She travelled extensively in her early twenties and returned to study literature and Japanese at Deakin and Swinburne Universities in the late 1980s.

After graduating, she spent several years in Japan as a copywriter and translator. In 1992 she translated the Japanese play Itojigoku (Woven Hell) by Rio Kishida, which was performed at the Adelaide and Perth Arts Festivals, and in 1997 she was the Asialink Australia Council writer-in-residence in Japan. Research from that trip was used in her first novel, The Factory.

She has won a number of short story awards and her stories have been anthologised widely, including in five issues of Best Australian Stories.

She published a short story collection, The End of the World, and a novella, The Deep End in 2007. Her second novel, The Fine Colour of Rust, was published in 2012 and her third novel, The Wonders, in 2014. In 2015 and 2016, she released collections of short stories, It Happened in a Holden and It Happened Off the Leash.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Literature Career Development $5,035
2016 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to complete her novel The White Line, a story of survival at the bottom of the so-called ‘trickle down effect’.
2012 Australia Council Literature Board Grants Grants for Developing Writers $40,000 for fiction.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Wonders Mulgrave : Affirm Press , 2014 7617609 2014 single work novel

'What sets them apart is the radical, experimental and sometimes faulty medical treatments they've all undergone. Leon has a hole punched through his chest and a small mechanical heart visible to all; Kathryn has been cured of a rare genetic disorder but the treatment left her covered in curly black wool; and performance artist Christos has metal wings implanted into his back.

'When 'The Wonders' are brought together by a canny entrepreneur, their glamorous, genre-defying, twenty first-century freak show becomes a global sensation. But what makes them objects of fascination also places them in danger. A wonderfully inventive novel that challenges our ideas about celebrity, disability and the value of life from one of Australia's finest authors at the peak of her powers.' (Publication summary)

2015 winner Norma K. Hemming Award
y separately published work icon The Fine Colour of Rust London : Blue Door , 2012 Z1844909 2012 single work novel 'Single mother Loretta Boskovic may have fantasies about dumping her two kids in the orphanage and riding off on a Harley with her dream lover, but her reality is life in a dusty country town called Gunapan. A self-dubbed 'old scrag', Loretta's got a big heart and a strong sense of injustice. So, when Gunapan's primary school is threatened with closure, and there's a whiff of corruption wafting through the corridors of the local council, she stirs into action. She's short of money, influence and a fully functioning car, but she does have loyal friends who'll do whatever it takes to hold on to the scrap of world that is home' (Publisher blurb).
2013 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
Future Girl 2007 single work short story
— Appears in: The End of the World 2007; (p. 73-85)
2002 winner Greater Dandenong Writing Awards
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