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Robyn Davidson Robyn Davidson i(A4911 works by)
Born: Established: 1950 Miles, Miles area, Chinchilla - Miles - Wallumbilla area, Darling Downs, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Robyn Davidson is best known for Tracks, an account of crossing west Australia by camel, which was later adapted for film by John Curran (director) and Marion Nelson (script-writer).

Davidson was born on a cattle station in Queensland, and educated at a girls' boarding school in Brisbane. In 1968, in her late teens, she moved to Sydney, where she was associated with members of the Sydney Push.

In 1977, she left Alice Springs for what would be a nine-month journey on camel back across the deserts of west Australia, accompanied by a dog and four camels. Originally, she published her experiences in a National Geographic article, and later as a full-length travelogue.

Davidson has continued exploring nomadic lifestyles (including in Australia, India, and Tibet), largely through personal experience. She has published on their experiences in works including Desert Places and No Fixed Address, her Quarterly Essay work.

Most Referenced Works


  • Davidson co-wrote a history of Australia with Thomas Keneally and Patsy Adam-Smith (qq.v). Her essay 'No Fixed Address : Nomads and the Fate of the Planet' was published in Quarterly Essay 24 by Black Inc in December 2006.

Personal Awards

2011 recipient Australian Centre Literary Awards Peter Blazey Fellowship for her work-in-progress Self Portrait with Imaginary Mother
2010 winner Awarded to help support Davidson's work-in-progress, her work-in-progress 'Self Portrait with Imaginary Mother'.
2008 Australia Council Literature Board Grants Grants for Established Writers $60,000

Awards for Works

form y separately published work icon Tracks ( dir. John Curran ) Australia : See Saw Films , 2013 Z1910218 2013 single work film/TV (taught in 2 units) 'The inspirational true story of Robyn Davidson's solo camel trek through the harsh centre of Australia, aided only by her faithful canine companion Diggity and the National Geographic photographer who chronicled this epic modern adventure.' (Source: Screen Australia website)
2014 shortlisted Film Critics Circle of Australia Best Film
2014 nominated Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Best Film
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