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Jason Nahrung Jason Nahrung i(A70328 works by)
Also writes as: Jay d'Argo
Gender: Male
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Jason Nahrung's great-great-grandfather, a bootmaker, came to Australia from Germany in 1858, and Jason grew up on a Queensland cattle property. After leaving home he worked for some twenty years as a journalist in Brisbane. During his time with the Courier Mail he reviewed books, music and live entertainment, and one stage won a William Atheling Jnr award for Criticism or Review in the area of speculative fiction. In addition to being a member of the Vision writers group and the Writers on the Edge critique circle, Nahrung has been the editor of the Queensland Writers Centre’s magazine Writing Queensland. He has also had a novel, The Darkness Within (2007) and a number of short stories published.

During his career Nahrung has been highly commended in the Aurealis Awards, been shortlisted in the Ditmars and the Australian Shadows and the recipient of the 2012 Chronos award for Best Fan Writer. In 2004 he was also engaged as director of the Aurealis Awards, and has since served on various judging panels.

Nahrung was awarded a Master of Arts in creative writing in 2008. He now lives in Melbourne as a freelance editor and manuscript appraiser with his wife, the author Kirstyn McDermott.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

Stolen Futures : The Anthropocene in Australian Science Fiction Mosaic Novels 2017 single work criticism
— Appears in: The Authorised Theft Papers : Writing, Scholarship, Collaboration 2017;

'Commentators such as Naomi Klein (2016) and Kim Stanley Robinson (2015) have warned that a failure now to adequately address anthropogenic climate change is an act of intergenerational theft. So great are these man-made impacts the term Anthropocene has been suggested to delineate a new epoch in the planet’s history. Australian writers are using science fiction and cli-fi, or climate fiction, to examine possible conditions faced by future generations that reflect on our current approach to the phenomenon. This paper argues that the mosaic novel, in concert with a science-fiction approach, is particularly well suited to this task in its use of interlinked short stories as a reflection of the complex elements of global climate change. My mosaic novel, “Watermarks”, being written as part of my PhD in creative writing, is set in near-future Brisbane. It draws attention to what has been identified as a relatively neglected topic in climate fiction: mitigation (Clode and Stasiak, 2014; Jordan, 2014). “Watermarks” uses a bricolage method in its construction, which also has resonance for the amorphous, interwoven aspects of anthropogenic climate change. The book adds to the small canon of other Australian writers who have used the science fictional mosaic to present visions of future life in the Anthropocene: Sue Isle’s Nightsiders (2011); James Bradley’s Clade (2015); and Steven Amsterdam’s Things We Didn’t See Coming (2009).'

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2016 highly commended Australasian Association of Writing Programs Awards Postgraduate Prize : Theoretical Stream
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