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Fiona Wright Fiona Wright i(A90102 works by)
Gender: Female
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Fiona Wright has worked as a project assistant with the Red Room Company, which aims to create, promote and distribute poetry by new and emerging Australian writers to the public in unusual ways. She was awarded an Island of Residencies placement at the Tasmania Writers' Centre in 2007, and an Emerging Writers' Grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council in 2010. She has been Assistant Editor of the literary journal HEAT and in 2011 was Publications Officer in the Writing & Society Research Group at the University of Western Sydney.

Fiona writes poetry, essays, and criticisms. She was nominated for the 2018 Prime Minister's Literary Awards for Poetry for the poetry collection Domestic Interiors.



Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2019 recipient JUNCTURE Fellowship
2018 shortlisted The Woollahra Digital Literary Award Non-fiction

For 'Perhaps This Will Be My Last Sharehouse'.

2016 commended Australian Centre Literary Awards Peter Blazey Fellowship for Homing In

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The World Was Whole Sydney : Giramondo Publishing , 2018 14398341 2018 selected work essay

"Our bodies and homes are our shelters, each one intimately a part of the other. But what about those who feel anxious, uncomfortable, unsettled within these havens? In The World Was Whole, Fiona Wright examines how we inhabit and remember the familiar spaces of our homes and suburbs, as we move through them and away from them into the wider world, devoting ourselves to the routines and rituals that make up our lives. These affectingly personal essays consider how all-consuming the engagement with the ordinary can be, and how even small encounters and interactions can illuminate our lives. 

"Many of the essays are set in the inner and south-western suburbs of a major Australian city in the midst of rapid change. Others travel to the volcanic coastline of Iceland, the mega-city of Shanghai, the rugged Surf Coast of southern Victoria. The essays are poetic and observant, and often funny, animated by curiosity and candour. Beneath them all lies the experience of chronic illness and its treatment, and the consideration of how this can reshape and reorder our assumptions about the world and our place within it." (Publisher's website)

2020 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2019 longlisted 'The Nib': CAL Waverley Library Award for Literature
2019 shortlisted Mascara Avant-garde Awards Non-Fiction
2019 longlisted The Stella Prize
y separately published work icon Domestic Interior Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2017 11570444 2017 selected work poetry

'The poems in Domestic Interior draw together varieties of suburban experience and imagination, charting places that are vibrant, plangent and comical. Award-winning poet and essayist Fiona Wright shows her acute concern for spaces general and particular, showing the small details that build our everyday worlds via story, memory and experience. In her poems these details hold their thrall through the moments of charged emotional extremity we encounter across our lives, whether through dream or desire, illness or struggle. Wright traverses family and its rituals, the spaces of love and friendship, the sites of everyday experience: houses, roadways, clinics, shopping centres. These works are mostly set in Sydney, in the inner suburbs where Wright now lives and in the south-western suburbs where she grew up. Domestic Interior captures these sites as the locations of love as well as sadness, of adversity as well as succour and strength.'  (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
y separately published work icon Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Artarmon : Giramondo Publishing , 2015 8867320 2015 selected work essay (taught in 1 units)

Small Acts of Disappearance is a collection of ten essays that describes the author's affliction with an eating disorder which begins in high school, and escalates into life-threatening anorexia over the next ten years. Fiona Wright is a highly regarded poet and critic, and her account of her illness is informed by a keen sense of its contradictions and deceptions, and by an awareness of the empowering effects of hunger, which is unsparing in its consideration of the author's own actions and motivations. The essays offer perspectives on the eating disorder at different stages in Wright's life, at university, where she finds herself in a radically different social world to the one she grew up in, in Sri Lanka as a fledgling journalist, in Germany as a young writer, in her hospital treatments back in Sydney. They combine research, travel writing, memoir, and literary discussions of how writers like Christina Stead, Carmel Bird, Tim Winton, John Berryman and Louise Glück deal with anorexia and addiction; together with accounts of family life, and detailed and humorous views of hunger-induced situations of the kind that are so compelling in Wrights poetry. [Trove]

2016 winner Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
2016 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction
2016 shortlisted The Stella Prize
2016 winner Queensland Literary Awards Non-Fiction Book Award
2015 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
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