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Writer. Poet. Researcher. Convenor. Speaker.

Carolyn Wadley Dowley is an award-winning Western Australian writer. She loves engaging with readers and writers; she has twenty-five years of speaking experience that includes everything from international and local writers' festivals and conferences to radio interviews, from hosting zoom poetry workshops with far-flung poets to visiting regional WA bookclubs. She loves deep learning from remote communities and immersion in Australian landscapes.

Her debut non-fiction work 'Through Silent Country' (2023, 2000) won the NSW Premier's History Award, has been shortlisted for local and international literary and research awards, and has received peer-reviewed praise such as 'required reading for anyone interested in Australian history'. At the recent launch of the revised edition, Ray Coffey moved the notch up to 'required reading for anyone'.

Her new work in progress is to research and write the authorised biography of Wongutha human rights leader Auntie Sadie Canning MBE.
Nearing publication is a sort-of-sequel to 'Through Silent Country', telling the story of a Stolen Generations Wongutha woman who sets out to return home to find her long lost family and to attempt a connection to her Country and Culture.
Carolyn has recently finished a commissioned work celebrating the ecological work and Country-knowledge of Indigenous Rangers across the Central Deserts of Australia, highlighting conservation of endangered species, two-way science and right-way fire practices, as well as the abiding connections of Language, Culture and Country.


Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship 2023 Highly Commended Award
Margaret Medcalf Award 2022, Shortlisted
Eric Dark Varuna Fellowship & Residency 2016
Pacific Rim Literature Prize 2001, Shortlisted
Winner, NSW Premier's History Award 2001

Carolyn has developed long-standing friendships within the Wongutha nation (remote WA goldfields) over more than twenty-five years and is honoured to work with Wongutha elders to share Wongutha stories. She is passionate about listening to and honouring the knowledge of Aboriginal people across Australia.

Relevant qualifications

MPhil(Australian Studies) UWA
BArch(Hons) Curtin
Published non-fiction author
Published poet
Award-winning writer and researcher

Recent experience

'Authors of the Goldfields' Guest Speaker, Artgold, Kalgoorlie/Boulder. (Feb23)
Radio interviews: tripleM Goldfields/Esperance (March23) and ABC Radio Goldfields/Esperance (Feb23)
Guest Speaker: Margaret Medcalf Award / State Records Office Lunchtime Series (Oct22)
Radio Interview: ABC Radio Perth (16 Nov 22)
Workshop facilitator - ecopoetry - by zoom, worldwide, monthly.

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Email [email protected]




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