Brian Castro

Brian Castro is one of Australia’s most imaginative novelists. He has published seven novels, as well as a body of essays on literary topics. His novels are dense and intellectually stimulating, but at the same time provocatively playful. Acknowledged for his prose style and brilliant use of language, his work has received wide critical acclaim and won many of the major literary prizes. His work has been translated into Chinese, French and German.

Born in Hong Kong in 1950, Brian Castro came to Australia in 1961 to undertake his secondary schooling, and has made his home here ever since. He began publishing short stories in 1970, and is now a full-time writer.Brian Castro was joint winner of the Australian / Vogel Award in 1983 for his first novel, Birds of Passage.

In 1999 a collection of his essays was published as Looking for Estrellita.Brian’s most recent work, Shanghai Dancing, was published by Giramondo Press in 2003, and won the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction in 2004 and the 2004 Christina Stead Fiction Prize, NSW Premier’s Awards, and was named NSW Premier’s Awards Book of the Year, 2004.You Can Find Me In The Garden, a new novel, will be published by Giramondo in 2005.