2008 H. C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellow

The Miles Franklin Award-winning author Frank Moorhouse was the 2008 recipient of the celebrated H.C. Coombs Creative Arts Fellowship.

Mr Moorhouse is the author of 14 books and four film scripts.  He has won numerous national prizes for his work including the Miles Franklin Award for Dark Palace, the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal for Forty-Seventeen and the Alfred Deakin Prize for The Writer in a Time of Terror.

Mr Moorhouse is interested in the relationship between archived material and how it is used in works of the imagination.  During his time as the H.C. Coombs Fellow, Mr Moorhouse continued his research examining material at the National Archives of Australia, the National Library of Australia and the Noel Butlin Archives, along with other sources.  The result of this research will be a third companion book to the very successful novels Grand Days and Dark Palace which tell the story of Australian woman Edith Campbell Berry and her work with the League of Nations.

Frank Moorhouse was hosted by the History Program in the Research School of Social Sciences.  The Fellowship is administered and funded each year by the Research School of Humanities within the ANU College of Arts and Social Sciences.

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