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Stephen Orr Stephen Orr i(A65333 works by)
Born: Established: 1967 ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Stephen Orr’s career began as a runner-up in the 2002 Vogel/Australian award. He has worked as a journalist and teacher.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Copyright Agency Limited Fellowship
2019 recipient Cultural Fund Fellowships Author Fellowship $80,000 for for his work The Journey
2015 shortlisted The Fair Australia Prize Fiction Prize for ‘The Shack’

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Incredible Floridas Mile End : Wakefield Press , 2017 12242161 2017 single work novel

'As Hitler's war looms, famous Australian artist Roland Griffin returns home from London with his family to live a simple life of shared plums and low-cut lawns in the suburbs.

'In the yard: a daughter, and a son, Hal, growing up with a preoccupied father who is always out in his shed stretching canvases and painting outback pubs. An isolated man obsessed with other people and places. Everything is a picture, a symbol. Even Hal, the boy in the boat, drifting through a strange world of Incredible Floridas.

'As the years pass, Roland learns that Hal is unable to control his own thoughts, impulses, behaviour. The boy becomes the destroyer of family. The neighbourhood is enlisted to help Hal find a way forward. Child actor, a clocker at Cheltenham Racecourse, an apprentice race caller. Incredible Floridas describes Hal's attempts at adulthood, love, religion, and the hardest thing of all: gaining his father's approval.' (Publication summary)

2019 longlisted International Awards International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
Ambassadors from Another Time 2017 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , October no. 395 2017; (p. 52- 60)

'First, I need to visit Dean Nicolle’s eucalypt arboretum. Four hundred rows of trees, four specimens of each species of EucalyptusCorymbia, and Angophora (the eucalypts) nestled together, sharing pollen and landscape, dropping limbs in the grass. Each group of trees is a result of the previous year’s fieldwork. The year 2000 was big: Nicolle this keeper of the keys to the eucalypts spent six months in Western Australia collecting seed.' (Introduction)

2017 recipient Eucalypt Fellowship
y separately published work icon The Hands : An Australian Pastoral Mile End : Wakefield Press , 2015 8831670 2015 single work novel

'He didn't look like he could jump a bull, but she knew he could. It was all in the hands, he'd often explain. The will. The bloody mindedness. On a cattle station that stretches beyond the horizon, seven people are trapped by their history and the need to make a living. Trevor Wilkie, the good father, holds it all together, promising his sons a future he no longer believes in himself. The boys, free to roam the world's biggest backyard, have nowhere to go. Trevor's father, Murray, is the keeper of stories and the holder of the deed. Murray has no intention of giving up what his forefathers created. But the drought is winning. The cattle are ribs. The bills keep coming. And one day, on the way to town, an accident changes everything. ' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
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