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BiographyHistory

Ann-Marie Priest grew up in country South Australia, but has lived most of her adult life in rural Queensland. She gained a Ph.D. in English literature from Macquarie University; with her thesis, her thesis 'The Mystic Self: Mysticism, Subjectivity and the Feminine in Henry James and Virginia Woolf ' (2000). Priest has worked as a Teaching and Learning Advisor at Central Queensland University and has taught part-time in Literary Studies. In 2017, she received the Hazel Rowley Fellowship to work on a biography of Gwen Harwood.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2017 winner Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship For a biography of Australian poet Gwen Harwood.
2016 shortlisted Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript for ‘A Free Flame’, a ‘compelling account of the careers of four notable Australian women writers: Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Christina Stead and Ruth Park’ (UWAP announcement).
2015 shortlisted Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship for her research into renowned Australian poet Gwen Harwood.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon A Free Flame : Australian Women Writers and Vocation in the Twentieth Century Crawley : UWA Publishing , 2018 12178428 2018 multi chapter work biography

''I need to be a writer,' Ruth Park told her future husband, D'Arcy Niland, on the eve of their marriage. 'That's what I need from life.'

'She was not the only one. At a time when women were considered incapable of being 'real' artists, a number of precocious girls in Australian cities were weighing their chances and laying their plans.

'A Free Flame explores the lives of four such women, Gwen Harwood, Dorothy Hewett, Christina Stead and Ruth Park, each of whom went on to become a notable Australian writer.

'They were very different women from very different backgrounds, but they shared a sense of urgency around their vocation - their 'need' to be a writer - that would not let them rest.

'Weaving biography, literary criticism and cultural history, this book looks at the ways in which these women laid siege to the artist's identity, and ultimately remade it in their own image.' (Publication summary)

2016 highly commended Dorothy Hewett Award for an Unpublished Manuscript
'Something Very Difficult and Unusual' : The Love Song of Henry and Olga 2014 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 361 2014; (p. 24-32)
2014 shortlisted The Calibre Prize
Towards an Erotics of Reading 2004 single work essay
— Appears in: The Best Australian Essays 2004 2004; (p. 162-166)
2004 winner Josephine Ulrick Literature Prize
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