Australia Council pays tribute to Gillian Mears

Art Announcement from Australia. Published by anonymous on Friday 20 May 2016.

The Australia Council for the Arts wishes to acknowledge the passing of writer Gillian Mears and express its deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Ms Mears was an award-winning writer who made a significant contribution to Australian literary culture.

Her last book, the children’s fable, The Cat with the Coloured Tail, was shortlisted for this week’s Australian Book Industry Awards.

Growing up in Grafton, NSW she developed a great love for horses, the subject of her last novel for adults, Foal’s Bread, which in 2012 won the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, the Victorian Premier’s Award for Fiction and The Age Fiction Book of the Year.

Other works include two novels, The Mint Lawn, which won the Vogel Prize in 1990, and The Grass Sisters, and three collections of short stories.

The Australia Council is proud to have supported Ms Mears throughout her career with a number of literature grants, including for her award-winning book Foal’s Bread, as well as with a residency at the Keesing Studio in Paris.