Faculty of Arts School of Culture & Communication

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.

Current research

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.





Book chapters and journal articles

Anthologies (recent)

Essays (recent)

Poetry (recent)

Performance works (recent)

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