Brian Castro

Brian Castro is one of Australia’s most imaginative novelists. He has published ten novels, as well as a body of essays on literary topics. His novels are dense and intellectually stimulating, but at the same time provocatively playful. Acknowledged for his prose style and brilliant use of language, his work has received wide critical acclaim and won many of Australia’s major literary prizes. His novels has been translated into Chinese, French and German. Born in Hong Kong in 1950, Brian Castro came to Australia in 1961 to undertake his secondary schooling, and has made his home here ever since. He began publishing short stories in 1970, and is now a professor of writing at the university of Adelaide. Brian Castro was joint winner of the Australian / Vogel Award in 1983 for his first novel, Birds of Passage. In 1999 a collection of his essays was published as Looking for Estrellita. Shanghai Dancing, published by Giramondo Press in 2003, won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction in 2004 and the 2004 Christina Stead Fiction Prize, NSW Premier’s Awards, and was named NSW Premier’s Awards Book of the Year, 2004. The Garden Book, published by Giramondo in 2005, was shortlisted for the 2006 Miles Franklin Literary Award and won the Queensland Premier’s Prize for Fiction. Brian’s most recent novel is Street To Street published by Giramondo in 2012. Bernadette Brennan’s critical study Brian Castro’s Fiction: The Seductive Play of Language is published by Cambria Press. Brian was a Board member of the Asia-Pacific Writing Partnership, the forerunner to AP Writers.

Member Since: 11/1/2012

Country: Australia

Identity: Writer, Academic

Workplace: University