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Oyster Stories Featured in Special Exhibition at South Australian Museum

South Australian Museum brochure Australia is the world's major supplier of gem opals, and during the writing of her novel OYSTER, set in the opal fields of the Australian Outback, Hospital spent many weeks in 1993 and 1994 visiting and living in isolated opal mining towns in both Queensland and South Australia. She talked to opal miners in rough Outback pubs and went down shafts into mining tunnels and underground living spaces. Most famous of all mining towns is Coober Pedy, an underground town in the state of South Australia, and now a famous global tourist mecca. In 2015, the South Australian Museum sponsored a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the finding of opals at Coober Pedy. Janette Turner Hospital was invited to participate and to give a reading from OYSTER and to talk about her time on the opal fields. The fictional town of Outer Maroo in OYSTER is a fusion of Coober Pedy and the Queensland underground opal-mining town of Yowah.


Janette Turner Hospital's story Hurricane Season has been translated into Chinese by Yunyi Zhu who is a professor of English Literature at Anhui University.

Yunyi Zhu, translator of Janette Turner Hospital's work.

Yunyi Zhu Foreign Literature and Art

Yunyi Zhu in conversation with Janette Turner Hospital in the library of the Dept of English at Anhui University, China.

MAY 2014

Government House, Queensland, Australia

In pictures: The Governor of Queensland, Australia, the Honorable Penelope Wensley and Mr Stuart McCosker at Government House with Janette Turner Hospital and Clifford Hospital for the publication launch of The Claimant.


Great Southern Literary Festival, Albany, Western Australia

In pictures: Janette Turner Hospital reads from Forecast: Turbulence in the hold of the HMS Amity in Albany, Western Australia (link).


Movie premiere of "Golden Girl" at International Film Festival
From Jannine Barnes, Producer:

Just a quick note to let you all know that Golden Girl will have its premiere screening this Sunday at the Brisbane International Film Festival. Grant and I are really pleased that we will be having our debut at BIFF as its a really impressive line up of films this year and we are thrilled to be one of them!

For those of you keen to keep up with what’s happening with the film then please like us on facebook.  See below for details about the film and look for more information and photos on and Happening Films.

Golden Girl
Funded by Film Victoria’s Propeller program and produced by Happening Films, Golden Girl was directed by Grant Scicluna, written by Holly Alexander and produced by Jannine Barnes. Based on a short story by Janette Turner Hospital, Golden Girl stars AFI Award winning actress, Marny Kennedy (Conspiracy 365, Mortified, The Saddle Club), Hanna Mangan-Lawrence (X, Bed of Roses, The Square) and Jane Allsop (The Slap, Tangle and Rush). It tells the story of teenager, Cilla, who wakes in hospital with little memory of what put her there. Drifting in and out of consciousness, her fragmented memories and dreams intertwine with reality, evoking the summer she just spent with friends, cut short by an accident she cannot recall.

Thanks for being part of this wonderful film!

Kind regards



Janette Turner Hospital has been invited as a featured author at literary festivals in Beijing and Shanghai in March 2012.



David Callahan was awarded the Walter McRae Russell Award on July 5, 2011, at the annual General Meeting of ASAL (Association for the study of Australian Literature) at the State Library of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

The Walter McRae Russell Award is for the best book of literary scholarship on an Australian subject published in the preceding two calendar years. The Award was given for David Callahan's book, Rainforest Narratives: The Work of Janette Turner Hospital.

The judges' citation: David Callahan: Rainforest Narratives: the Work of Janette Turner Hospital (UQP)

David Callahan's full-length study of Janette Turner Hospital's ouevre is a fine example of skilful textual criticism. The rainforest as metaphoric site evokes Hospital's multivalent narrative strategies, and the open-ended nature of Callahan's analysis pays tribute to his author's lead. Callahan skilfully demonstrates the transcendence of geographic borders and the importance of Australian roots (family histories and shared landscapes) as vital to the creative tensions that sustain Hospital's work. Yet he is careful to place Hospital's prodigious literary effort in its transnational contexts so that her stories are examined in all their touching and challenging complexities-their 'permeable borders' and 'fractal realities', their stories of perceptual and physical dislocation, of hidden histories, of the destabilising presence of memory and existence of love as a 'fact of absences'. In keeping up with, and celebrating, this author's employment of narrative design and patterning drawn from science, history, metaphysics, art, myth, music and contemporary politics, not to mention, life, Callahan has earned his stripes. This is literary criticism that importantly celebrates the achievement of Australian literature as a world class phenomenon.

Review of Callahan in Miscelanea: a journal of English and American Studies


Janette Turner Hospital's short story "Afterlife of a Stolen Child" was selected for inclusion in the 2015 edition. The story had appeared in the Georgia Review and in her collection of stories, FORECAST: TURBULENCE.

17 FEBRUARY 2010

Hospital will be a featured author at the Italian literary festival, Letter Altura, on Lake Maggiore in June 2010, to discuss Orfeo Perduto, the Italian edition of Orpheus Lost. Hospital has given interviews to assorted Italian media, including to La Reppublicca.

Visit the Letter Altura Site


Orfeo Perduto

Per informazioni e richieste di material:
Roberta Solari, Ufficio stampa
Marcos y Marcos
via Ozanam 8, 20129 Milano


Janette Turner Hospital gives the commencement address for doctoral candidates at graduation ceremonies at University of South Carolina in May 2006.