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1980 in Australian literature

This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 1980.

Events



  • The Australian/Vogel Literary Award: Inaugural award to Archie Weller, The Day Of The Dog; the award was initially given to Paul Radley, who, in 1996, admitted that his manuscript was actually written by his uncle.
  • Jessica Anderson won the 1980 Miles Franklin Award for The Impersonators

    Major publications

    Books

  • Jessica AndersonThe Impersonators
  • Peter CorrisThe Dying Trade
  • Shirley HazzardThe Transit of Venus
  • Elizabeth JolleyPalomino

    Short story collections

  • Helen GarnerHonour & Other People's Children

    Children's and Young Adult fiction

  • Mavis Thorpe ClarkA Stranger Came to the Mine
  • Robert IngpenThe Voyage of the Poppykettle
  • Ruth ParkPlaying Beatie Bow

    Poetry

  • Judith RodriguezMudcrab at Gambaro's
  • Philip SalomThe Silent Piano
  • Chris Wallace-Crabbe, editor, The Golden Apples of the Sun: Twentieth Century Australian Poetry (anthology)

    Drama

  • Louis NowraBeauty and the Beast
  • Steve J. SpearsThe Time of the Bodgie
  • David WilliamsonCelluloid Heroes

    Non-fiction

  • Robyn DavidsonTracks
  • Clive JamesUnreliable Memoirs

    Awards and honours



  • Kylie Tennant – Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
  • Max Fatchen – Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
  • Marjorie Barnard – Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
  • Patsy Adam-Smith – Officer of the British Empire (OBE)

    Lifetime achievement

    Literary

    Children and Young Adult

    Poetry

    Births

    A list, ordered by date of birth (and, if the date is either unspecified or repeated, ordered alphabetically by surname) of births in 1980 of Australian literary figures, authors of written works or literature-related individuals follows, including year of death.

  • 7 July – Brooke Davis, novelist

    Unknown date
  • Elizabeth Campbell, poet
  • Ceridwen Dovey, novelist

    Deaths

    A list, ordered by date of death (and, if the date is either unspecified or repeated, ordered alphabetically by surname) of deaths in 1980 of Australian literary figures, authors of written works or literature-related individuals follows, including year of birth.

  • 2 September – Frederick Macartney, poet and critic (born 1887)
  • 3 February – Marnie Bassett, historian and biographer (born 1889)