Dr Barry Hill
ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow, English Literary Studies
Barry Hill was born in Melbourne in 1943, grew up in a politically active working-class household, and educated in Victorian State schools. He has a BA, B Ed and a PhD from the University of Melbourne, and an MA from the University of London. He has worked as a psychologist and journalist in Melbourne and London. Since 1975 he has been a full time writer of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, as well works for radio, stage and musical performance. His short fiction has been widely anthologised, and some stories translated into Chinese and Japanese. He has won Premier's awards for non-fiction, poetry and essays. In the 1990s he was mainly writing history and poetry, mostly arising from fieldwork in Central Australia. Currently he is Poetry Editor of The Australian and an Honorary Fellow at the Australian Centre. For thirty years he has lived in Queenscliff, Victoria, where he swims a lot, practices karate and tries to be a Buddhist.
The writing and traveling of Matsuo Basho: the life and work of Harold Stewart, the expatriate Australian poet in Kyoto; and the 'Oriental' fieldwork of the painter / diarist / ecologist John Wolseley.
- Lecturer in Philosophy, School of Architecture, RMIT, 1977-78
- Tutor in Creative Writing (poetry and non-fiction,) English Department, University of Melbourne, 1995-1999
- Lecturer (and a course designer and author of the set text) in 'Exploring Australia's Centre' at the Australian Centre, University of Melbourne, 1999-2002.
- Broken Song: T G H Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (Knopf 2003), won five major national awards including the Victorian Premier's Award, the National Biography Award, the NSW Premier's Award for Literary Scholarship and the Tasmania Pacific Bicentenary History Award. It was also shortlisted by the ASAL for the ALS Gold Medal for Literature.
- Ghosting William Buckley won the 1994 NSW Premier's Award for Poetry (short listed in Victoria). A radio version of this poem was the ABC's entry and runner up in the 1988 Prix Italia Awards.
- Sitting In won the 1992 NSW Premier's Award for Non-Fiction (shortlisted in Victoria).
- Raft was runner up in the Anne Elder Award for the first book of Poetry.
- The Enduring Rip won the 2004 Victorian Government's Community Award for best local history.
- The Schools: Penguin, 1977.
- A Rim of Blue (stories): McPhee Gribble, 1978.
- Near the Refinery (novel): McPhee Gribble, 1980.
- Headlocks & Other Stories: McPhee Gribble, 1983.
- The Best Picture (novel): McPhee Gribble, 1988.
- Raft: Poems 1983-1990: Penguin, 1990.
- Sitting In: Heinemann, 1991.
- Ghosting William Buckley (poetry): Heinemann, 1993.
- The Rock: Travelling to Uluru: Allen & Unwin, 1994.
- The Inland Sea (poetry): Salt Publishing, 2001.
- Broken Song: T. G. H. Strehlow and Aboriginal Possession (biography): Knopf, 2002.
- The Enduring Rip: A History of Queenscliffe: MUP, 2004.
Book chapters and journal articles
- Baldwin Spencer's Glass Case.' Exploring Central Australia. Ed. SR Morton and DJ Mulvaney. Surrey Beatty & Sons, 1996, 31-41.
- 'Mantric Maps.' Voices: the Quarterly Journal of the National Library of Australia. (Winter 1992): 74-85.
- 'Driftwood.' Occasional Papers 2. Strehlow Research Centre, 1999.
- 'Laughter and Nectar.' The Rock, Traveling to Uluru in The Oxford Book of Australian Exploration. Ed. Jan Barrett, Oxford, 1996.
- 'Getting To The Pig.' Contemporary Classics in Australian Fiction. Ed. Don Anderson. Random House, 1996
- 'Headlocks.' The Penguin Century of Australian Short Stories. Ed. Carmel Bird. Penguin, 2000.
- 'Orwell's Fraternal Glances.' Best Essays of 2003. Black Inc, 2003.
- 'The Mood We're In: circa Australia Day 2004.' Overland 77. Winner of the 2004 Victorian Premier's Alfred Deakin Award for Best Essay.
- 'Crossing Cultures.' Meanjin. 4. 2003
- 'Poems That Kill.' Griffith Review. 7 (2005). Other articles and regular book reviews in The Age, The Australian and literary magazines.
- The Inland Sea (Salt) 2001
- 'Drawing from Freud and other poems.' Best Poems of 2003 (Black Inc)
- 'A Long Swim.' Best Poem of 2004
- 'Himalayan Fire.' Best Poems of 2005
- 'Her Heart is Embroidered.' ABR (March 2006)
- Other work has appeared in Heat, Meanjin, Overland, Island, Arena, The Literary Review (2003 New York) Agenda (2005 London), and The Kenyon Review (2006 forthcoming)
- Naked Clay, a book of poems arising from the work of Lucian Freud is in preparation.
Performance works (recent)
- Desert Canticles. Music by Elena Katz-Chernin. Produced by Robyn Ravlich for Radio National, 2002
- Love Strong as Death: a New Song of Songs. Libretto for composer Andrew Schultz, performed at 'The Studio', The Sydney Opera House, May 2004.