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Steven Lang Steven Lang i(A84654 works by)
Born: Established: 1951 Paisley,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 1970
Heritage: Scottish
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After extensive travels around the world Steven Lang arrived in Australia in the early 1970s. He lived in Sydney and country NSW and then moved to the Sunshine Coast hinterland region in Queensland. He has tutored and lectured in Creative Writing at the University of the Sunshine Coast and has a Masters in Creative Industries, specialising in writing for film. With his wife, Tyyni Lang (formerly Chris Francis)  he co-founded the independent bookstore, Rosetta Books, in Maleny. They are directors of the writers festival, Outspoken, an extended writer’s festival held in Maleny which takes the form of conversations between Lang and visiting writers. Among the many who have featured are Tim Winton, A C Grayling, Alexander McCall Smith, Richard Fidler, Richard Ford, Karen Joy Fowler, Henry Reynolds, Patrick Gale, Christos Tsiolkas, Kate Grenville, Ann Patchett, Ruth Ozeki, Thomas Keneally and John Birmingham. Lang is an active environmentalist working on a number of local conservation projects.

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y separately published work icon Hinterland St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2017 11424894 2017 single work novel

'‘We have this idea we can live anywhere, that we make a choice, but it’s not true. There are places that are for you and places that aren’t. You can tell which is which if you’re prepared to listen.’'

'Tensions have been slowly building in the old farming district of Winderran. Its rich landscape has attracted a new wave of urban tree-changers and wealthy developers. But traditional loyalties and values are pushed to the brink with the announcement of a controversial dam project. Locals Eugenie and Guy are forced to choose sides, while newcomer Nick discovers there are more sinister forces at work. The personal and the political soon collide in ways that will change their fates and determine the future of the town.

'In Hinterland, Steven Lang has created a gripping novel that captures contemporary Australia in all of its natural beauty and conflicting ambitions.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
y separately published work icon 88 Lines About 44 Women Camberwell : Viking , 2009 Z1624926 2009 single work novel

'For a while Lawrence Martin had everything. He was the keyboard player in a successful rock band; he had money, his choice of women. It was all a long way from the British boarding school where he met Roly, the charismatic front man who lured him to Australia in the first place, and with whom he shared the song-writing. Only after it all went wrong did Lawrence learn they'd been sharing other things as well.

'Two decades on, living in the highlands of Scotland, he's again confronted with those turbulent years, and with the accident that changed everything.,.' (From the publisher's website.)

2010 shortlisted Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Fiction Book
2010 nominated Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best Novel
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards People's Choice Award
2010 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon An Accidental Terrorist St Lucia : University of Queensland Press , 2005 Z1204901 2005 single work novel thriller

'When Kelvin returns to his childhood home on the southern coast of New South Wales, he discovers the town is a haven for people like him who are on the run from their pasts. He meets Jessica, a lawyer who has escaped the city, and Carl, an enigmatic American farmer. Both are pursuing new lives and causes inspired by the extraordinary landscape around them. But Kelvin begins to see the darker side of the environmental debate when he becomes drawn into a community of anti-logging activists. As his relationship with Jessica intensifies and implodes, it provokes Kelvin to make a decision with devastating consequences for all of them. No-one is quite who they seem as, deep in these southern forests, the story builds to a dramatic climax.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2006 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2006 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2006 shortlisted South East Asia and South Pacific Region Best First Book
2004 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Best Manuscript of an Emerging Queensland Author
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