Dr Delia Falconer
Delia Falconer is the author of two novels, the bestselling The Service of Clouds, shortlisted for major literary awards including the Miles Franklin, NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, and the Australian Booksellers' Book of the Year; and The Lost Thoughts of Soldiers and Selected Stories, shortlisted among other awards for the Spur Award for Best Short Western Novel (US) and the Commonwealth Writers' Prize. She is also the editor of The Penguin Book of the Road (2008) and Best Australian Stories (2008 and 2009).
She is also the author of the memoir/cultural history Sydney, published by New South in 2010. Sydney was winner of the Nib: CAL Waverley Award for outstanding research in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Colin Roderick Award 2010, Prime Minister's Literary Awards, Nita B Kibble Award for life writing, The Age Book of the Year Award, and New South Wales Premier's History Prize in 2011, and the National Biography Award and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards — Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-Fiction in 2012 .
Delia Falconer began her career as a professional writer in 1994 when she won two national literary awards: the inaugural Island Essay Prize, and the inaugural HQ short story competition. Her short stories and essays have been widely anthologised, including in the recent Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature, The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, The Penguin Best Australian Short Stories and various editions of The Best Australian Essays and The Best Australian Stories. Her criticism appears regularly in The Australian Literary Review, The Australian, The Age, and The Sydney Morning Herald, and is frequently linked by international online digests such as 3 Quarks Daily, Arts and Letters Daily, and Bookforum.com.
Delia Falconer has acted as a judge of The Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Age Book of the Year, Inaugural ABC Fiction Prize, Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Writer, RAKA Kate Challis Award for Indigenous Creative Artists, Age short story competition and NSW Premier's Literary Awards, as well as a peer adviser to the Australia Council and the Australian Society of Authors. She has held a number of grants and residencies, including the Marten Bequest Travelling Scholarship, fellowships at Varuna and Bundanon, and a six-week fellowship from the Australia Council to work at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in Annaghmakerrig, Ireland. As the winner of the James Joyce Suspended Sentence short story competition, 2003, she travelled to Dublin, Trieste and Bejing as the Australian James Joyce Fellow. In 2009 she was invited to speak and read at Harvard, as part of a week of activities around the US publication by Norton of the Macquarie Pen Anthology as The Literature of Australia.
Before beginning to teach at UTS in 2004, she taught cultural studies and creative writing at the University of Melbourne; and creative writing at UTS, where she coordinated the MA program. Her students have won the WA Premier's Literary Award, been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin and the Orange Prize, and have been published in Best Australian Stories.
Dr Falconer holds a PhD in English Literature and Cultural Studies from the University of Melbourne.
- Australian Society of Authors member
2003-2007 board member of Varuna: The Writers' House
Member, Advisory Board, The Australian Literature Compendium
Advisor, symposium on the future of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2008
Novel, history of the novel; essay; creative non-fiction; Australian fiction; literary criticism; and "things" (the cultural history of objects).
Creative writing; non-fiction; journalism.
She is working on a novel, and a collection of essays about our changing relationship to “things” in the late twentieth-century.
Professional Writing Project
MA and PhD supervision