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David Francis’ first novel, AGAPANTHUS TANGO, published in seven languages, was released as THE GREAT INLAND SEA in the United States, and optioned by Serena Films in France. His second novel, STRAY DOG WINTER was named “Australian Novel of the Year” in the Australian Literary Review, won the American Library Association Barbara Gittings Literature Award, and is currently being prepared as a limited series for television in the U.S. His third novel, WEDDING BUSH ROAD, was released in the U.S. and Australia, and his fourth, TRICK SEASON, has just been completed. David has received writing fellowships to the Cité International des Arts in Paris and Hawthornden Castle in Scotland. His poetry has been published in The Rattling Wall and Slow Lightening. He has been a long-time Board member of PEN International out of London and Chair of PEN America in Los Angeles. An avid painter, horseman, and closet lawyer (thankfully retired), David has lived mostly in the U.S. for over 35 years but has recently escaped and returned to Australia to work on a novel set deep in Western Queensland.

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