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John Dale is an Australian author of crime fiction and true crime books.


DALE, JOHN was born on March 6, 1953 in New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.


He completed a Doctorate of Creative Arts at the University of Technology, Sydney, in 1999, and subsequently joined the UTS writing Program where he is Professor of Writing and Director of the UTS Centre for New Writing.


He has edited two anthologies, Out West and Car Lovers, and co-edited a third anthology, Best on Ground, on Australian Rules football. His novel, Leaving Suzie Pye, was published in 2010 and translated into Turkish. His novella Plenty was published in 2013.

He has been a judge of several major Australian literary awards and his essays, reviews and non-fiction have appeared in a wide variety of journals and newspapers. His research and teaching areas include narrative fiction, creative non-fiction, crime narratives and the novella. His latest crime novel is Detective Work which is based on an unsolved murder.


  • Ned Kelly for Crime Writing, Best True Crime, 2005: shortlisted for Wild Life\r\nNed Kelly for Crime Writing, Best True Crime, 2000: winner for Huckstepp: A Dangerous Life\r\nNed Kelly for Crime Writing, Best First Novel Award, 1996: winner for Dark Angel\r\nThe Angus & Robertson Writer's Fellowship, 1986: winner for The Blank Page.


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