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Nigel Featherstone Nigel Featherstone i(A30132 works by)
Also writes as: William Cooper
Born: Established: 1968 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Nigel Featherstone grew up in Sydney and has described Mt. Wilson in the Blue Mountains as his 'childhood dreaming place' (Joy, 2000). He has written adult fiction and creative journalism, and his short stories have been published in major Australian literary journals including Meanjin, Island, and Overland, as well as in the US.

Since 2007, Featherstone ‘has been a frequent contributor to Panorama, the weekend arts magazine of The Canberra Times, and his work has also been syndicated to The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age’. Featherstone ‘has held residencies at: Varuna, the National Writers House (Blue Mountains); Bundanon (Shoalhaven River); ... the Kingsbridge Gatekeeper’s Cottage, Cataract Gorge, courtesy of the Launceston City Council’ and the Australian Defence Force Academy, Canberra.

Featherstone ‘is the founding editor of literary journal Verity La, for which he received a 2012 Canberra Critics Circle Award’.

Major source: ACT Writers’ Centre Weekly eNews, 5 September 2013.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Bodies of Men Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2019 16512574 2019 single work novel

'There is nothing more important than love and refuge.

Egypt, 1941Only hours after disembarking in Alexandria, William Marsh, an Australian corporal at twenty-one, is face down in the sand, caught in a stoush with the Italian enemy. He is saved by James Kelly, a childhood friend from Sydney and the last person he expected to see. But where William escapes unharmed, not all are so fortunate.

William is sent to supervise an army depot in the Western Desert, with a private directive to find an AWOL soldier: James Kelly. When the two are reunited, James is recovering from an accident, hidden away in the home of an unusual family - a family with secrets. Together they will risk it all to find answers.

Soon William and James are thrust headlong into territory more dangerous than either could have imagined.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 longlisted HNSA Historical Novel Prize
2019 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Fiction Book Award
y separately published work icon I'm Ready Now Canberra : Blemish Books , 2012 Z1901851 2012 single work novella

'Following the death of her husband, Lynne Gleeson travels from her grand ancestral Hobart home to visit her son Gordon in Sydney. Lynne’s alone for the first time in her life and has big plans, but does she have the courage to see them through? Meanwhile Gordon, emotionally isolated and lost in his Year of Living Ridiculously, is determined to find stimulation wherever he can, regardless of the consequences. But will Gordon’s last adventure prove too much for the people who love him?'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2013 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
2013 high commended ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Fiction
y separately published work icon Fall on Me Canberra : Blemish Books , 2011 Z1807941 2011 single work novella 'Fall on Me tells the story of Lou Bard, a single father and Launceston café owner whose world is turned upside down when his intelligent and provocative teenage son, Luke, decides to exhibit his body in an art installation.

'Suddenly Lou is forced to revisit the dark secrets of his past, question what it means to be a good father, and discover that there's more love in his life than he could ever have imagined.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 winner ACT Writing and Publishing Awards Fiction
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