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Robbie Arnott Robbie Arnott i(A146199 works by)
Born: Established: 1989 Launceston, Northeast Tasmania, Tasmania, ;
Gender: Male
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Robbie Arnott works as a copywriter for a Tasmanian advertising agency. His work has also been published in Island, Kill Your Darlings, The Review of Australian Fiction and Visible Ink. In 2014 he won the Scribe Non Fiction prize and in 2015 he was awarded the Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship.

Flames was shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2015 inaugural winner Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmanian Young Writer’s Fellowship
winner for Birds and Knives and Not Talking About It

for Flames

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon The Rain Heron Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2020 17948922 2020 single work novel

'Soldiers have come to the village.
Ren looked up, avoiding Barlow’s words, resting her eyes on the pines that crowded the sky, swamp-green, thick, heavy with resin that stuck to skin and cleared throats, nostrils, eyes.
Barlow was sitting on a large rock. When she didn’t answer, he kept talking.
They’re after something—they won’t say what. But it’s up here. On the mountain.

'REN lives alone on the remote frontier of a country devastated by a coup. High on the forested slopes, she survives by hunting and trading—and forgetting. But when a young soldier comes to the mountains in search of a local myth, Ren is inexorably drawn into her impossible mission.

'As their lives entwine, unravel and erupt—as myths merge with reality—both Ren and the soldier are forced to confront what they regret, what they love, and what they fear.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2021 shortlisted Voss Literary Prize
2021 winner The Age Book of the Year Award Book of the Year
2021 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2021 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2021 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Small Publishers' Adult Book of the Year
Birds and Knives 2019 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 78 no. 4 2019; (p. 146-153)
2014 winner Scribe Nonfiction Prize for Young Writers
y separately published work icon Flames Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2018 12263652 2018 single work novel

'FROM its opening sentence Robbie Arnott’s debut novel reveals a world as old as storytelling itself.

'A young man named Levi McAllister decides to build a coffin for his twenty-three-year-old sister, Charlotte— who promptly runs for her life. A water rat swims upriver in quest of the cloud god. A fisherman named Karl hunts for tuna in partnership with a seal. And a father takes form from fire.

'The answers to these riddles are to be found in this tale of grief and love and the bonds of family, tracing a journey across the southern island that takes us full circle.

'Flames sings out with joy and sadness. Utterly original in conception, beguiling in its descriptions of nature and its celebration of the power of language, it announces the arrival of a thrilling new voice in contemporary fiction. (Publication summary)

2019 winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2020 longlisted International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award
2019 longlisted Voss Literary Prize
2019 winner Tasmania Book Prizes Margaret Scott Prize
2019 shortlisted Tasmania Book Prizes Tasmania Book Prize
2019 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2019 longlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2019 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Glenda Adams Award for New Writing
2019 shortlisted MUD Literary Prize
2019 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards Fiction
2019 longlisted Indie Awards Debut Fiction
2018 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
2018 shortlisted Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction
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