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bernard addressing The Whitlam Institute's What Matters Awards

Bernard addressing The Whitlam Institute's "What Matters" awards ceremony, July 2013. The Writing Workshop is delighted to sponsor What Matters


Dr Bernard Cohen is Director of The Writing Workshop, which he founded in 2006. Previously, he had taught creative writing at all educational levels from kindergarten to university, and to all ages from five to (approximately) 75. He has held writer's residencies at Sir John Soane's Museum and Peckham Library in London, as well as in Nottingham, Worcester, Taipei and Wagga Wagga.

Bernard is the award-winning author of five novels and a children's picture book. His major awards include the 1996 Australian/Vogel Prize for his novel The Blindman's Hat and an Arts Council of England Writer's Award for The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies (see picture below). The Sydney Morning Herald named him among its Best Young Australian Novelists listed for three consecutive years (1997-99), and Bernard was inaugural Alumnus of the Year at the University of Technology, Sydney.

Bernard short stories and essays have been published in numerous anthologies and literary magazines, including The Penguin Century of Australian Stories, Best Australian Stories (twice), Best Australian Essays and Picador New Writing. He has written fiction, poetry, essays, feature articles, travel writing, opinion pieces, mulitmedia and performance work.

Bernard has judged the NSW Premier's Literary Awards, the Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Writer award, and the Australia Council's Emerging Writers' grants for children's writing and new media, and served on the Board of Varuna Writers' Centre. He holds a Doctor of Creative Arts degree from the University of Technology, Sydney.

Bernard lives in Sydney, Australia and has also lived in the UK, France and Spain. His website is here.

Salman Rushdie presents Bernard with an Arts Council of England Writer's Award



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