Ryan O'Neill Ryan O'Neill i(A90520 works by)
Born: Established: 1975 Glasgow,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Arrived in Australia: 2004
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Ryan O'Neill has worked as an English language teacher in Lithuania, China and Rwanda before settling in Newcastle, Australia, with his wife and two daughters. His fiction has appeared in The Best Australian Stories, The Sleepers Almanac, Meanjin, New Australian Stories, Wet Ink, Etchings and Westerly. His work has won the Hal Porter and Roland Robinson awards and been shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Steele Rudd Award and the Age Short-Story Prize. He teaches at the University of Newcastle.

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Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2013 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships New Work - Emerging Writers Fiction

Awards for Works

Their Brilliant Careers : The Fantastic Lives of Sixteen Extraordinary Australian Writers 2016 selected work short story humour

'In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill has written a hilarious novel in the guise of sixteen biographies of (invented) Australian writers. Meet Rachel Deverall, who discovers the secret female source of the great literature of our time – and pays a terrible price for her discovery. Meet Rand Washington, hugely popular sci-fi author (of Whiteman of Cor) and holder of extreme views on race and gender. Meet Addison Tiller, the master of the bush yarn, “The Chekhov of Coolabah”, who has never travelled outside Sydney.

Their Brilliant Careers is a playful set of stories, linked in many ways, which together form a memorable whole. It is a wonderful comic tapestry of the writing life, and a large-scale parody in which every detail adds to the humour of the overall picture' (publication blurb).

2017 shortlisted Prime Minister's Literary Awards Fiction
2017 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
The Weight of a Human Heart 2012 selected work short story

'Sometimes comic, sometimes tragic, this collection turns the rules of storytelling on their head.

'A series of graphs illustrates the disintegration of a marriage, step by excruciating step. A literary stoush - and an affair - play out in the book review section of a national newspaper. The heartbreaking story of a Rwandan boy is hidden within his English exam paper. A young girl learns her mother's disturbing secrets through the broken key on a typewriter.

'Ranging from Australia to Africa to China and back again, The Weight of a Human Heart heralds a fresh new voice in Australian literature.' (From the publisher's website.)

2013 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award
The Chinese Lesson The Age , 16 January Verity La , October 2009 single work short story
2009 third The Age Short Story Competition
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