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John Hughes John Hughes i(A85519 works by)
Born: Established: 1961 Cessnock, Cessnock area, Hunter Valley, Newcastle - Hunter Valley area, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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John Hughes is a Sydney-based author. He was educated at Cessnock High School, the Universities of Newcastle and Cambridge, and the University of Technology, Sydney. He has taught at the University of Newcastle and has been Director of English as Sydney Grammar School.

Most Referenced Works

Affiliation Notes

  • Hughes has written of his Ukrainian heritage in a number of his essays. His mother was born in Kiev and came to Australia in 1949 as a Displaced Person.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Someone Else : Fictional Essays Artarmon : Writing and Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney Giramondo Publishing , 2007 Z1415040 2007 selected work essay '...Hughes pays homage to twenty-one artists, writers and musicians who have had a formative influence on his imagination. From Chekhov and Borges and Beckett, to proust, Rothko and Cage - each essay brings its subjuect to life in unexpected ways. Kafka writes the parable of Abraham and Isaac, with no one to stay Abraham's knife. Wittgenstein considers the relationship between turtles and time. Bob Dylan stars in a fantasy of travellers and deserts and women with knives and silver earrings. Just around the corner from where Hughes works, Dostoyevsky fries kidneys in the kitchen of his Stanley Street terrace...Someone Else uses the essay as a form of autobiography. Here, however, the essays are fictions. Or are they? Hughes tells the stories of the figures who live in his mind by making them tell his stories - and in doing so engages in an art of literary vantriloquism.' - back cover
2009 longlisted International Awards The Warwick Prize for Writing
2008 winner Queensland Premier's Literary Awards Arts Queensland Steele Rudd Australian Short Story Award
2008 winner Festival Awards for Literature (SA) Award for Innovation in Writing
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