Described by Peter Pierce as “one of the most intelligent, versatile and elegant Australian writers of his generation”, Alan Gould is the author of twenty-five titles, novels, poetry and essay collections.
Of English-Icelandic background, he lived on garrisons in various parts of the world until coming to Australia in 1966. Since 1972 he been an author as full-time as resources have allowed, He has served on The Literature Board Of The Australia Council, and represented Australian poetry at events in Manila, Struga and Lincoln (UK).
His literary prizes include the Grace Leven Prize for Poetry in 2006, the NBC Banjo Award For Fiction in 1992, Foundation of Australian Literature Book Of the Year (1985), Philip Hodgins Memorial Award for literature (1999), and co-winner in both The Courier-Mail Book Of The Year and ACT Book Of The Year in 2001. His 2009 novel, The Lakewoman, a love story arising out of the 1944 D-Day landings, was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Fiction Award. His most recent novel was a picaresque, The Poets’ Stairwell, (2015).