Brian Castro is an award-winning Melbourne-based novelist born in Hong Kong in 1950 of Portuguese, Chinese and English parents. He attended the University of Sydney and won the Sydney University short story competition in 1970. He gained his BA Dip.Ed. in 1972 and his MA in 1976.
He was joint winner of the Australian/Vogel literary award for his first novel Birds of Passage (1983), which has been translated into French and Chinese. This was followed by Pomeroy (1990), Double-Wolf (1991), winner of The Age Fiction Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Innovatory Writing Award and the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction, and subsequently After China (1992), which again won the Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction at the 1993 Victorian Premier’s Awards. This was also subsequently translated into French and Chinese.
His fifth novel, Drift, was published in July 1994. His sixth novel Stepper won the 1997 National Book Council ‘Banjo’ Prize for fiction. In 1999 he published a collection of essays, Looking For Estrellita (University of Queensland Press).
In 2003 Giramondo published his ‘fictional autobiography’, Shanghai Dancing, which won the Vance Palmer Prize at the 2003 Victorian Premier’s Awards, the Christina Stead Prize at the 2004 NSW Premier’s Awards and was named the NSW Premier’s Book of the Year. His novel, The Garden Book, was published by Giramondo in 2005.
Eight Chinese lessons
MemoirCHINESE LESSON 1: I was nine and it was dinner time. My father was in monologue mode. He said that at the north bank of the west end of Qutang Gorge on the Yangtze River, there were many caves...
EssayIn place of a homeland / we hold the transformations of the world.– lly SachsSOMETIMES I THINK the idea of home is just a failure of nerve. I must have been about 14 years old. Alone in Australia, I...
Notes to a biographer
FictionINK THIS: IN the afternoons he would begin to drink – not very much, but steadily – to gauge the state of his soul, he said. He also said he could not calibrate the soul by thinking too hard,...