Birch, Tony

About Tony Birch

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Biography and Bibliography (Internationales Literaturfestival Berlin)

Biography and Bibliography (UQP)

Biography (Wheeler Centre)



Dunn, Winnie. “The White Girl (2019).” Meanjin, vol. 79, no. 2, Jun. 2020

Cregan, Ellen, et al. “Books Roundup: A Constant Hum, The White Girl, Dry Milk.” Kill Your Darlings, Jul. 2019

Griffiths, Billy. “Australia in Three Books.” Meanjin, vol. 78, no. 2, 2019

Parker, Eric-Alain. “Growing up in Murky Water.” Antipodes, vol. 30, no. 1, Jun. 2016

Jaffe, Meredith. “Ghost River by Tony Birch Review – Nostalgia for a Childhood by the Yarra.” The Guardian, 21 Oct. 2015

Vincent, Eve. “Tony Birch World: The Promise.” Sydney Review of Books, 11 Jul. 2014

Bird, Carmel. “The Promise by Tony Birch – Book Review.” The Guardian, 15 Mar. 2014



“Matthew Evans, Niki Savva and Tony Birch on Their New Books and What They're Reading in July.” The Guardian, 17 Jul. 2019

Daley, Paul. “Tony Birch on The White Girl: ‘No Aboriginal Person I Know Is Intact.’” The Guardian, 6 Jun. 2019

Sefton-Rowston, Adelle. “’You’ll Be Great, but Only if You Work Your Arse Off.’ An Interview with Tony Birch.” Overland, 28 Mar. 2017

Case, Jo. “Tony Birch.” Readings, 16 Oct. 2009



Mundell, Meg. “Crafting ‘Literary Sense of Place’: The Generative Work of Literary Place-Making.” Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature, vol. 18, no. 1, 2018

Masel, Carolyn, and Matthew Ryan. “Place, History and Story: Tony Birch and the Yarra River.” Australian Literary Studies, vol. 31, no. 2, 2016




White Girl (2019)

Ghost River (2015)

Blood (2012)


Short Story Collections

Common People (2017)

The Promise ­­(2014)

Shadowboxing (2009)


Essays/Articles/Non-Fiction/Short Stories

“On Grief.” Overland, no. 235, 2019

“Walking and Being.” Meanjin, vol. 78, no. 4, 2019

“Olivares.” Transition, no. 126, Jan. 2018

“Rise from This Grave.” Overland, no. 230, Apr. 2018

“On Jack Charles.” Overland, no. 231, 2018

“On Kes.” Overland, no. 232, 2018

“The Ghost Train.” The Kenyon Review, vol. 39, no. 2, Mar. 2017

“Liam.” Overland, no. 225, 2016

“Meetings with Simon.” Postcolonial Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, Jul. 2004

“‘The First White Man Born’: Contesting the ‘Stolen Generations’ Narrative in Australia.” Imagining Australia: Literature and Culture in the New New World, Ryan and Wallace-Crabbe (eds.), 2004

“‘This Is a True Story’: Rabbit-Proof Fence, ‘Mr. Devil’ and the Desire to Forget.” Cultural Studies Review, vol. 8, no. 1, May 2002


Audio and Audiovisual Material

The Island Story Gatherers Present: Tony Birch & Chris Flynn in Conversation, YouTube, 6 Aug. 2020

UQ Book Club – The White Girl by Tony Birch, YouTube, 20 Jul. 2020

Lunchtime Talks: Tony Birch, YouTube, 14 May 2020

Tony Birch Returns With The White Girl, YouTube, 2 May 2019

Double Booked Club: Tony Birch and Tara June Winch, YouTube, 2019

Tony Birch on His Book Common People, YouTube, 15 Jan. 2018

Tony Birch: Words on Fire, YouTube, 6 Apr. 2018

Interview for the International Literature Festival in Berlin, YouTube, 1 Feb. 2016

Tony Birch: Exploring Life on Melbourne’s Margins, YouTube, 8 Jan. 2015

Tony Birch on Writing From an Australian Indigenous Perspective, YouTube, 8 Oct. 2014

Tony Birch on How Australia Remembers Its Colonial Past, YouTube, 11 Sep. 2010