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Jill Shearer Jill Shearer i(A8767 works by) (a.k.a. Jill Patricia Shearer)
Also writes as: Flora McKay
Born: Established: 14 Apr 1936 Melbourne, Victoria, ; Died: Ceased: 6 May 2012
Gender: Female
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Born in Melbourne, Shearer has spent most of her life in Queensland. For many years she worked as a secretary to British and Japanese diplomats. Although she has written some poetry and short fiction (for children and adults), she is best known as a playwright. Shearer began writing in 1971. In the 1970s she was encouraged by winning a regional play competition. Shearer's 1989 play Shimada had a season on Broadway in 1992 and this episode in her career is well-documented in her brief autobiography, Nowhere But Broadway.

A number of Shearer's other works have won Australian and international drama awards. Her plays have been published by both PlayLab and Currency Press. Helen Gilbert comments: 'Her work exhibits passionate concern with social issues and tackles such topics as industrial work practices, abortion, conservation, race relations, and foreign economic influence in Australia. These broader issues are most often played out in Queensland settings through representations of ordinary people and families.'

Shearer has been the recipient of a Writer's Project Grant from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and she has been Writer-in-Residence with the Queensland Theatre Company.

(Source: Helen Gilbert, 'Jill Shearer' in Companion to Theatre in Australia, ed. Philip Parsons (1995): 526-527)

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Georgia 1999 Strawberry Hills : Currency Press , 2000 Z556954 1999 single work drama The great American artist Georgia O'Keeffe is physically, emotionally and artistically debilitated by her failing eyesight. Living amidst the Navajo spiritual landscape in her desert home in New Mexico, she becomes prey to the ghosts of her past. Her solitude is broken by Juan, a young potter, whose curious influence on her life remains until her death at 98. It is through this intriguing relationship that the conflicts that lie at the heart of Georgia's life are explored: the sexual tensions that survive her physical deterioration and the fear and frustration of failing artistic powers. (Publisher's blurb, back cover).
1997 joint winner Queensland Theatre Company / The Courier-Mail George Landen Dann Award
y separately published work icon The Boat 1977 (Manuscript version)x401040 Z565868 1977 single work drama
1977 joint winner Utah-Cairns Centenary Play Writing Competition
The Kite 1977 single work drama
— Appears in: Echoes and Other Plays 1980;
1977 joint winner Utah-Cairns Centenary Play Writing Competition
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