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Spunner, Suzanne Sylvia (1951 - )

Born
11 Novomber 1951
Dromana, Victoria, Australia
Occupation
Writer, Critic and Playwright

Summary

Feminist playwrite Suzanne Spunner's works include: Not still lives; Edna for the garden; Running up a dress; Dragged Screaming to Paradise; Overcome by Chlorine; Radio for Help and The Ingkata's Wife.

A founding member of the Home Cooking Theatre Company, in 1987 Spunner moved with her family to Darwin and established Paradise Productions. A board member of The Australian National Playwrights Centre, in Sydney, and 24 HR ART: the Northern Territory Centre for Contemporary Art, she has been the recipient of Fellowships from the Literature Board of The Australian Council in 1988, 1991 and 1994. Both Dragged Screaming to Paradise and The Ingkata's Wife were highly commended by The Jessie Litchfield Award for Northern Territory Literature.

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Events

1972
Graduated BA Hons from the University of Melbourne
1973
Graduated Dip Ed from the University of Melbourne
1975
Co-ordinator of the International Women's Film Festival in Melbourne
1976 - 1978
Reviewer of the Melbourne Times
1977 - 1978
Co-ordinator of the feminist journal Lip
1977 - 1979
Senior tutor at Deakin University
1978
Seconded to Open Universiity in the United Kingdom
1978 - 1980
Film and theatre reviews, articles and interviews in journals and magazines
1979
Victorian editor of Theatre Australia
1979
Married Ian Gray (later Chief Magistrate of Victoria), they have 2 children
1979
Conducted a weekly radio programme on theatre for 3RRR FM
1980
Lecturer in Australian studies and theatre for the School of Drama at the Victorian College of the Arts
1981
Reviewer of the Melbourne Times
1987
With family moved to Darwin
1988
Recipient of a Fellowship from The Literature Board of The Australia Council
1991
Recipient of a Fellowship from The Literature Board of The Australia Council
1994
Recipient of a Fellowship from The Literature Board of The Australia Council
1994
One of 12 playwrights chosen to represent Australia at the 3rd International Women Playwrights' Conference in Adelaide

Sources used to compile this entry: Lofthouse, Andrea (ed.), Who's Who of Australian Women, Methuen Australia, North Ryde (NSW), 1982, 504 pp. p. 416.; Spunner, Suzanne, Dragged screaming to paradise, Little Gem Publications, Casuarina, NT, 1994, 50 pp. p. 50..

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Archival resources

Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland

  • Dragged screaming to paradise / by Suzanne Spunner., 1988, H1655; Spunner, Suzanne Sylvia (1951 - ); Fryer Library and Department of Special Collections, University of Queensland. Details

Special Collections, Academy Library, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy

  • Suzanne Spunner manuscript collection, c. 1974 - 1990, mss G221; Special Collections, Academy Library, UNSW@ADFA, Australian Defence Force Academy. Details

Elle Morrell

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