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Honorary Associate Professor of Literature, University of Sydney

David Brooks, a poet, novelist and essayist, taught Australian Literature at the University of Sydney where he also directed the Postgraduate Writing Program. He was co-editor of the journal Southerly 1999-2018. His work has been widely translated, and shortlisted for numerous major literary awards.


  • –present
    Associate Professor of Literature, University of Sydney


  • 1982 
    University of Toronto, PhD
  • 1975 
    Australian National University, BA


  • 2011
    The Sons of Clovis: Ern Malley, Adore Floupette and a Secret History of Australian Poetry, University of Queensland Press
  • 2007
    The Fern Tattoo (novel), University of Queensland Press

Research Areas

  • Australian Literature (Excl. Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Literature) (200502)
  • Creative Writing (Incl. Playwriting) (190402)


The Fern Tattoo shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2008; Australia Council Fellow in Fiction 2015/16