Personal profile

Biography

Anthony is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing and Literary Studies at the University of Canberra, where he researches the contemporary influence of Young Adult fiction upon cultural discourse. He is the current president of the Australasian Children's Literarature association for research (ACLAR), Editor of the journal Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, and an associate member of the Centre for Cultural and Creative Research at the University of Canberra. He has worked extensively in the creation and delivery of innovative creative writing programs including the Talented Young Writers Program at The Literature Centre (Fremantle, Western Australia) and the Arts for Resilience, Recovery, Teamwork and Skills Program (ARRTS) in conjunction with the Department of Defence.

He has been writing for children, young adults, and adults since the late 1990s. He has published eleven novels, has twice won the Western Australian Premier’s Literary Award for young adult fiction, and twice been awarded an Honour Book award by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. His works have also featured on the International Youth Library’s annual White Ravens catalogue of significant international children’s books.

At the end of 2005 he was awarded an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellowship, which enabled him to travel to Antarctica to research his novel Into White Silence which received critical acclaim, including an Honour Book Prize in the 2009 Children's Book Council of Australia awards, Shortlisting in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, and shortlisting in the Centre for Youth Literature Inky awards. In late 2011, Random House Australia re-published a literary edition of Into White Silence for the adult marketplace.

His Darklands Trilogy have been shortlisted and awarded in the Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative Fiction. The final book of the trilogy, Daywards, was released by UQP in March 2010, and was a CBCA notable Australian Children’s book in 2011

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Awards won by Anthony Eaton:

2011          Children’s Book Council of Australia

                  Notable Australian Children’s Book

                  Daywards: Book 3 of the Darklands Trilogy

2009          Queensland Premier's Literary Awards
                  Shortlisted Title: Young Adult Fiction
                 
Into White Silence

2009          Children's Book Council of Australia

                  Book of the Year Award -

                  Honour Book (Older Readers)

                  Into White Silence                     

2009          Centre for Youth Literature

                  Longlist: Inky Award for Teenage Literature

                  Into White Silence

2009          Children's Book Council of Australia

                  Notable Australian Children's Book (Younger Readers)

                  Nathan Nuttboard Upstaged               

2008          Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative Fiction

                  Winner: Best Young Adult Novel

                  Skyfall               

2008          Children's Book Council of Australia

                  Notable Australian Children's Book (Older Readers)

                  Skyfall

2008          Western Australian Premier's Literary Award

                  Shortlisted title: Young Adult Fiction

                  Skyfall

2007          Western Australian Young Reader's Book Award

                  Most popular book by a Western Australian Author

                  Nathan Nuttboard: Family Matters

2006          University of Western Australia

                  Best published work by creative research in a higher degree

                  Nightpeople

2006          Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative Fiction

                  Shortlisted title: Best Adult Fantasy

                  Nightpeople

2006          Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative Fiction

                  Shortlisted title: Best Young Adult Fantasy

                  Nightpeople

2006          Children's Book Council of Australia

                  Notable Australian Children's Book (Older Readers)

                  Nightpeople

2006          Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards

                  Shortlisted title: Young Adult Fiction

                  Nightpeople

2006          The South Australian Premier's Literary Awards

                  Shortlisted title: Young Adult Fiction

                  Fireshadow

2005          The International Board of Books for Young People

                  Winner: The Ena Noel Award

                  Awarded for body of work

2005          Western Australian Premier's Literary Award

                  Winner: Young Adult Fiction

                  Fireshadow

2005          Children's Book Council of Australia

                  Book of the Year Award -

                  Honour Book (Older Readers)

                  Fireshadow

2003          Western Australian Premier's Literary Award

                  Shortlisted Title: Children's Fiction

                  Nathan Nuttboard Hits the Beach

2002          International Children’s Library (Germany)

                 White Ravens International Catalogue of Notable Children's Books

                  Selected Title

                  A New Kind of Dreaming

2002          Children's Book Council of Australia

                  Notable Australian Children's Book (Older Readers)

                  A New Kind of Dreaming            

2002          Western Australian Premier's Literary Awards

                  Shortlisted title: Young Adult Fiction

                  A New Kind of Dreaming

2002          Louis Braille Audio Book of the Year Award

                  Shortlisted Title: Young Adult Fiction

                  A New Kind of Dreaming

2001          Western Australian Premier's Literary Award

                  Winner: Young Adult Fiction

                  The Darkness

2001          Aurealis Awards for Australian Speculative Fiction

                  Shortlisted title: Best Adult Fantasy

                  The Darkness

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Western Australia

1 Jan 200530 Dec 2007

University of Notre Dame Australia

1 Jan 199430 Dec 1994

Bachelor, University of Western Australia

1 Jan 199030 Dec 1993

External positions

Editor - Papers: Explorations into Children's Literature, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)

1 Jan 2017 → …

President - ACLAR, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)

15 Jun 2014 → …

Vice President - ACLAR, Australasian Children's Literature Association for Research (ACLAR)

1 Jun 20121 Jun 2014

Projects 2016 2018

Research Output 2004 2016

Exploring the intersections of creative and academic life among Australian academic creative writing practitioners

Strange, S., HETHERINGTON, P. & EATON, T. 2016 In : New Writing. 13, 3, p. 402-416 15 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The spaces between: examining young adult creative practice within an academic context

EATON, T. 2015 In : Text. 32, p. 1-14 14 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Birthday Wish

EATON, T. 2014 In : Text. 18, 27, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

The Interactive Picturebook: Mapping 'literacy' on a narrative/technology continuum

EATON, T. 2014 In : Fusion Journal. 1, 5, p. 1-10 10 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

1953 Reading Bareback: Mary E. Patchett's 'Ajax the Warrior'

EATON, T. 2013 Telling Stories: Australian Life and Literature, 1935 - 2012. Genoni, T. D. P. (ed.). 1st ed. Melbourne, Australia: Monash University Publishing, p. 154-160 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter