David Malouf to be honoured for contribution to the arts

BGS Old Boy ’50 and internationally acclaimed author David Malouf AO will be among eight distinguished artists honoured for their exceptional contribution to the arts at the 2016 Australia Council Awards in Sydney next week.

Now in its second year, the Australia Council Awards ceremony will be held in Sydney on Thursday 10 March. The prestigious national awards combine longstanding lifetime and outstanding achievement awards in music, literature, community arts and cultural development, visual arts, theatre, dance, and emerging and experimental arts.

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Mr Malouf will be presented with the Australia Council Award for Lifetime Achievement in Literature.

Australia Council Chief Executive Officer Tony Grybowski said the awards were the highest honour the Council could give, and it was a great pleasure to publicly acknowledge the diverse work and achievements of the eight pioneering artists.

 “These artists are widely respected by their peers and have each played an important role in the national development of their art form,” Mr Grybowski said.

 “Many of them spend considerable time working internationally and are wonderful ambassadors for Australian arts.

 “The Australia Council Awards are an important part of our commitment to recognising the achievements and contributions of Australian artists.

 “The 2016 recipients join a group which includes some of Australia’s most esteemed artists. Artists who delight and challenge audiences across the country and around the globe.”


Mr Malouf is one of Australia’s greatest writers of fiction, non-fiction, poetry, and libretti. He has achieved great acclaim both nationally and internationally and is respected by critics and readers alike.

His novels include Ransom, The Great World (Commonwealth Writers’ prize and the Prix Femina Etranger), Remembering Babylon (IMPAC Dublin Literary Award), An Imaginary Life and his classic debut Johnno. His award-winning poetry includes the volumes Typewriter Music and Earth Hour. His Collected Stories won the 2008 Australia-Asia Literary Award. His most recent books are A First Place and The Writing Life

Born in 1934, he was raised in Brisbane, attending Brisbane Grammar School.

Last year Mr Malouf, also an art aficionado, donated a collection of works to the School. BGS acknowledges the generosity and continued support of one of our most inspiring and influential alumni.