Focus on Western Australian writers

Western Australia (WA) has a rich literary tradition, with numerous successful writers, past and present, and a handful of independent presses, including Fremantle Press, the University of Western Australia Press, Margaret River Press, Magabala Books and Upswell Publishing, being based here.

This is despite a small population — just  2.6 million people live in the state, mainly in the fertile south-west (home to the Margaret River wine region) and the capital city of Perth.

Here is a list of books reviewed on this blog which have been written by WA writers — whether they live here or come from here — arranged in alphabetical order by author’s surname.

Alan Carter

Claire G. Coleman

Amanda Curtin

Brooke Davis

Wendy Davis

Zoe Deleuil

Madelaine Dickie

Robert Drewe

Ron Elliott

Sara Foster

Alice Grundy (editor)

Glenda Guest

Karen Herbert

Dorothy Hewett

Michelle Johnston

Elizabeth Jolley

Gail Jones

Mudrooroo (aka Colin Johnson)

Ngarta & Jukuna

  • Two sisters (non-fiction, 2016 – first published 2004)

Avan Judd Stallard

Mimi Kwa

Lynne Leonhardt

Joan London

Kenneth Mackenzie

Martin McKenzie-Murray

Emily Paull

Katharine Susannah Prichard

Kim Scott

Craig Silvey

M.L. Stedman

Laurie Steed

Randolph Stow

Alf Taylor

  • Cartwarra or what? (poems & short stories, 2022)

Ros Thomas

Alexander Thorpe

David Whish-Wilson

Josephine Wilson

  • Cusp (fiction, 2005)

Tim Winton

This page will be updated as and when new books are reviewed. It was last updated on 17 January 2023.