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Rodney Hall Rodney Hall i(A33541 works by)
Born: Established: 1935 Solihull, Warwickshire,
United Kingdom (UK),
Western Europe, Europe,
Gender: Male
Heritage: English
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Rodney Hall was born in 1935 in Warwickshire, England, emigrating to Australia soon after World War II. In 1971 he graduated from the University of Queensland and worked at a variety of jobs related to the arts. His first volume of poetry was published in 1962. Since that time he has written ten volumes of poetry and more than ten novels, attracting a number of awards and honours, including an AM. He has edited a number of publications and acted as poetry adviser to Angus & Robertson between 1972-75. Hall has been actively involved in Aboriginal affairs and was the chairperson of the Australia Council between 1990-94.

Hall's poetry often exhibits the collective form or "progression" of poems where a series of poems cohere to form a unified whole while ably standing alone separately. His poetry is admired for its wit, its economy, and the productive exploration of myth and legend. His fiction is often experimental, and his concerns have mostly explored the culturally produced meanings of Australia, seen most vividly in the award winning Yandilli Trilogy.

Hall has lived on the far south coast of New South Wales since the early 1970s. His novel, The Day We had Hitler Home, was short-listed for the 2001 Miles Franklin Award, showing the continuing strength of his literary reputation.

In 2003 Hall was awarded an honorary Doctor of Literature by the University of Queensland in recognition of his distinguished career and his contribution to Australian literature.

Most Referenced Works


  • Apart from the foreign language translations listed in individual records of books by Hall, there are others in Chinese where it has not been possible to determine the original English title.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Silence Sydney : Murdoch Books , 2011 Z1822145 2011 selected work short story 'Silence is an exquisite, poignant collection of 'fictions' by one of Australia's finest writers. Each piece has its own startling imagery. This is a book that constantly surprises with its echoes of famous voices, and where the astonishing breadth of material - historical, personal, imagined - is held together by its central theme and by a web of subtle connections' (Libraries Australia).
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Australian Short Story Collection - Steele Rudd Award
y separately published work icon Popeye Never Told You : Childhood Memories of the War Sydney : Pier 9 , 2010 Z1685255 2010 single work autobiography 'In this memoir of his childhood in England during the Second World War, author Rodney Hall uses a little boy's point of view to tell the story of a time that changed the world. A time that not only changed the world, but one that would put into train events that were to shape Rodney's life. This is a rare and touching memoir. The voice of the young Rodney, the innocence with which he surveys the world and his impressions of what is going on around him, the wonderful character of his mother, her bravery and stoicism, and the many charming and lovely stories - all these combine to make this an extraordinary book that readers will fall in love with.' (From the publisher's website.)
2010 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Nettie Palmer Prize for Non-Fiction
y separately published work icon Love Without Hope Sydney : Picador , 2007 Z1347643 2007 single work novel (taught in 1 units) 'The elderly Mrs Shoddy suffers acute depression as a result of a bushfire that kills her beloved horses. A capable countrywoman, she loses her grip and is living in squalor when the district nurse finds her and has her committed to an insane asylum. The time is 1982; the place, a country town in NSW. The NSW Department of Lunacy is still in operation, headed by an official with the title The Master in Lunacy. In this powerful novel, finding herself pitted against the power of the state, Mrs Shoddy calls on her memories of her missing husband, on the spirit of her horses and on the recovery of her self-respect and resilience to create a world in which she can remain sane, even against the institutional brutality she is subjected to. And the characters in her mind become as palpable as the real people she is surrounded by.' (Publisher's blurb)
2008 longlisted Australia-Asia Literary Award
2008 shortlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
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