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Alexis Wright Biography

Alexis Wright Biography Born                     : November 25, 1950                                Australia Occupation     : Author...

Alexis Wright Biography
Born                     : November 25, 1950 
                              Australia
Occupation     : Author, Novelist
Period             : 2007 - Present
Genres             : Fiction, Non-Fiction
Notable work(s)   : Carpentaria

Alexis Wright was born on 25 November 1950. She is an Indigenous Australian writer best known for winning the Miles Franklin Award for her 2006 novel Carpentaria. Alexis Wright is a land rights activist originally from the Waanyi people in the highlands of the southern Gulf of Carpentaria. Wright's father, a white cattleman, died when she was five years old and she grew up in Cloncurry, Queensland with her mother and grandmother. Her first book Plains of Promise published in 1997 was nominated for several literary awards and has been reprinted several times by University of Queensland Press. 

She has also published two non-fiction works - Take Power an anthology on the history of the land rights movement in 1998 and Grog War on the introduction of alcohol restrictions in Tennant Creek published in 1997.Carpentaria took two years to conceive and more than six years to write. It was rejected by every major publisher in Australia before independent publisher Giramondo published it in 2006. Since then it has won the Miles Franklin Award in June 2007 (ahead of a shortlist including Peter Carey's Theft: A Love Story), the 2007 Fiction Book award in the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, the 2007 ALS Gold Medal and the 2007 Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.

When the Northern Territory Intervention proposed by the Howard Government in mid-2007 was introduced, Wright delivered of a high-profile 10,000-word speech, sponsored by International PEN, in which her identification of an ethos of national fear in Australia came to be portrayed in the national media as a characterisation of the feelings of Indigenous peoples associated with the Intervention.
Alexis Wright is a Distinguished Research Fellow at the University of Western Sydney.
Alexis Wright was a 2012 attendee of the Byron Bay Writers Festival and Singapore Writers Festival
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