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Rhyll McMaster Rhyll McMaster i(A3550 works by) (a.k.a. Frances Rhyll McMaster)
Born: Established: 1947 Brisbane, Queensland, ;
Gender: Female
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Rhyll McMaster was born in Brisbane and has worked as a secretary, nurse and a sheep farmer; she also worked in the editorial office of Australian Literary Studies at the time when it was produced in the English Department of the University of Tasmania. In 1965 McMaster published her first poems in the Bulletin. Her poetry has since appeared regularly in many Australian publications. McMaster published her first collection, The Brineshrimp, in 1972, winning the Harri Jones Memorial Award. She has also won the Grace Leven Prize twice. McMaster is widely admired for the fine detail of her descriptive poetry. Attracting equal attention are her explorations of family life and her persistent questions about life itself.

In addition to her poetry McMaster has reviewed fiction for the Sydney Morning Herald and written short stories. She was, for a short time, poetry editor for the Canberra Times.

Most Referenced Works

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Late Night Shopping Blackheath : Brandl and Schlesinger , 2012 Z1857313 2012 selected work poetry
2013 highly commended Prime Minister's Literary Awards Poetry
2012 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Judith Wright Calanthe Award
2012 shortlisted The Age Book of the Year Award Dinny O'Hearn Poetry Prize
y separately published work icon Feather Man Blackheath : Brandl and Schlesinger , 2007 Z1378828 2007 single work novel 'Set in Brisbane during the stultifying 1950s, and moving to the grubby London of the 1970s, Feather Man is about Sooky, who, ignored by her parents, is encouraged to make herself scarce and visit Lionel, their elderly next dour neighbour. McMaster brings Brisbane to life, depicting a home full of powerful emblems, The Thor washing machine thunders away. A kookaburra is perched on the oven door. Following Sooky from her neglected childhood to womanhood and her entry into the an world, the book combines comedy with emotional intensity. When Sooky's attraction to Redmond leads her to London, her past follows her into the future in a deadly confrontation' (Book jacket, American edition).
2008 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2008 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards UTS Award for New Writing
2008 inaugural winner Barbara Jefferis Award
2007 shortlisted Victorian Premier's Literary Awards The Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction
y separately published work icon Flying the Coop : New and Selected Poems 1972-1994 Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1994 Z421818 1994 selected work poetry
1995 joint winner Grace Leven Poetry Prize

Known archival holdings

National Library of Australia (ACT)
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