Alexis Wright is a member of the Waanyi nation of the southern highlands of the Gulf of Carpentaria. Her books include Grog War, a study of alcohol abuse in Tennant Creek, and the novels Plains of Promise, and Carpentaria, which won the Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Victorian and Queensland Premiers’ Awards and the ALS Gold Medal, and was published in the US, UK, China, Italy, France, Spain and Poland. She is a Distinguished Fellow in the University of Western Sydney’s Writing and Society Research Centre.
The Swan Book was awarded the ALS Gold Medal for Fiction in 2014. It has been shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, the Stella Prize, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Award, the Victorian Premier’s Indigenous Literature Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Award.