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Shady Cosgrove Shady Cosgrove i(A81399 works by)
Born: Established:
United States of America (USA),
Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: ca. 1994
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Since arriving in Australia, Shady Cosgrove has worked as a journalist with the Sydney Morning Herald and as a creative writing teacher at the University of Wollongong. In 2003 she received a doctorate, from the Australian National University, with her thesis examining structuralist and post-structuralist theories of character.

In 2011, Cosgrove was a senior lecturer for University of Wollongong's Faculty of Creative Arts.

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Awards for Works

y separately published work icon She Played Elvis 2007 Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2009 Z1426499 2007 single work autobiography

'She Played Elvis is the story of a trip that Shady, a young American immigrant to Australia, undertakes with her Australian boyfriend to rediscover her homeland - which, after several years in Australia, doesn't necessarily feel like "home" anymore. As part of the journey, the pair decide to make a pilgrimage across America, travelling on Greyhound buses, to get to Graceland for the celebrations of the 25th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death, with Shady busking and singing Elvis songs at cities and towns along the way.

'As they travel across America, memories of her past begin to surface and Shady realises that while she is coming to understand the meaning of "home", she is also untangling the knotted threads of her difficult relationship with her estranged, erratic, unreliable and often violent father.

'A moving, witty and original meditation on the idea of pilgrimage, family, home and loss, She Played Elvis is a classic road story and a journey of self-discovery set to an Elvis soundtrack; a story told with a clear-eyed, intelligent, unforgettable grace.' (From the publisher's website.)

2007 shortlisted The Australian / Vogel National Literary Award (for an unpublished manuscript)
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