Tara June Winch

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Tara June Winch
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Born December 2, 1983[1]
Wollongong, Australia
Occupation Writer

Tara June Winch (born 1983) is an Australian writer of Aboriginal and European descent. She is a former board member of the Australia Council for the Arts Board [2]


Her first novel, Swallow the Air (2006), won several Australian literary awards. The judges for the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelists award wrote that the book "is distinguished by its natural grace and vivid language" and that "As with many first books it deals with issues of family, growing up and stepping into the world. But it strives to connect these experiences to broader social issues, though never in a didactic fashion".[2]

The critical reception for her second book, After the Carnage (2016), was positive. A review in The Australian stated that "Winch can pack a punch and break your heart within a few pages" and that "The personal-is-political worldview flexes Winch's considerable literary muscle".[3]

Personal life

Winch's father is from the Wiradjuri nation in western NSW, and she grew up in the coastal area of Woonona within the Wollongong region: she often explores the two geographical places in her fiction.[4] She is based in Australia and France.[5]

Awards and nominations



  • Winch, Tara June (2006). Swallow the Air. University of Queensland Press.
  • Winch, Tara June (2016). After the Carnage. University of Queensland Press.


  • Winch, Tara June (2005). Frank Moorhouse, ed. "Cloud Busting". Best Australian Stories. Black Inc.
  • Winch, Tara June (2006). "from Swallow the Air". MANOA: A Pacific Journal of International Writing, vol 18. University of Hawai'i.
  • Winch, Tara June (2008). Anita Heiss and Peter Minter, eds. "Cloud Busting". Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature. Allen & Unwin.
  • Winch, Tara June (2012). "It's too Difficult to Explain". McSweeney's 41. McSweeney's Publishing LLC.
  • Winch, Tara June (2015). "Cloud Busting". Something Special, Something Rare: Outstanding Short Stories by Australian Women. Black Inc.

Essays and reporting

  • Winch, Tara June (2007). "Summers Gone". Sydney Morning Herald. 21-23 Dec (Good Weekend Magazine): 29–30, 33, 35.
  • Winch, Tara June (2007). "Mending a Broken Link". The Next Big Thing. Griffith Review.
  • Winch, Tara June (2013). "Skatestan". VICE Magazine. September.
  • Winch, Tara June (2013). "Long Way Home". VOGUE Magazine Australia. April: 46-.
  • Winch, Tara June (2014). "Bringing up bilingual bébé". Perspectives. Meanjin. 73 (1): 12–14.
  • Winch, Tara June (2015). "Author". Motherhood and Creativity. Affirm Press: 25-.
  • Winch, Tara June (2018). "First, Second, Third, Fourth". Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia. Black Inc: 282-.


  • Carriberrie (Screenwriter) Winch, Tara June (2018) [9]


  1. ^ Tara June Winch at University of Queensland Press
  2. ^ Wyndham, Susan (2007) "A fairytale beginning," The Sydney Morning Herald, Arts and Entertainment Section, 2–3 June 2007, p. 9
  3. ^ Varrenti, Elly (2016) "Tara June Winch's After the Carnage: lives reshaped by memories," The Australian, Review Section, 3 September 2016
  4. ^ https://readingaustralia.com.au/essays/swallow-the-air/
  5. ^ http://www.make-nice.com.au/women/2016/5/16/she-makes-nice-tara-june-winch-writer
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland Young Writers Award, Runner up and Maureen Donahoe Encouragement award Archived 11 October 2008 at the Wayback Machine.. Slq.qld.gov.au. Retrieved on 2011-11-06.
  7. ^ a b c Moran, Jennifer (2008) "Indigenous writer makes shortlist for coveted prize", The Canberra Times, 2008-04-11, p. 5
  8. ^ [1] Morris, Linda (2017)"NSW Premier's Award 2017 shortlist celebrates short storytelling", Sydney Morning Herald 2017-04-26.
  9. ^ https://www.carriberrie.com
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