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Archie Weller


Aged twenty-one Archie Weller won runner-up in the inaugural Vogel Bread prize with The Day of the Dog, written in just six weeks and later he worked on the film script of what became the movie Blackfellahs based on his book. But he had been writing short stories and poetry since the age of thirteen, many published in various anthologies, several winning awards. The fantasy novel The Land of the Golden Clouds won the Human Rights Award and lastly his book The Unknown Soldier comprises poetry, some winning awards overseas. Since then he has been translated in Chinese, German, Dutch, Danish, French, Italian and Indian in both his own work and in anthologies. Also published in many First Nation works. He has written several plays – one of which – Purple Dreams – opened the Brisbane Festival. His short stories Going Home and The Window Seat are taught in schools.

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