David Malouf

Mr David Malouf

  • Post Nominals: FAHA, AO
  • Fellow Type: Honorary Fellow
  • Elected to the Academy: 1989


David Malouf was born in Brisbane and educated at Brisbane Grammar School and the University of Queensland, where he taught for two years after graduating. He left Australia aged 24 and lived in Britain from 1959-68 where he taught in London and Birkenhead. He returned to teach English at the University of Sydney, where he stayed until 1977. He now writes full-time and lives part of the year in Australia and part in southern Tuscany in Italy. Malouf has won numerous prizes for his work including the NSW Premier’s Literary Award for ‘An Imaginary Life’ in 1979, The Age Book of the Year Award in 1982 for ‘Fly Away Peter’, the Miles Franklin Award in 1991 and the 1991 Commonwealth Prize for fiction for ‘The Great World’. ‘Remembering Babylon’ won the NSW Premier’s Literary Award in 1993, and was shortlisted for the 1994 Booker Prize. In June 1996, the novel was awarded the first International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. In 2015 he was awarded the Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry.

Acknowledgement of Country

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