Author/Editor: Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis

Merlinda Bobis is a contemporary Philippine-Australian writer and performer. She has published across multiple genres. Born in Legazpi City in the Philippines, Merlinda completed her BA at Aquinas University of Legazpi and her postgraduate studies at the University of St.Thomas and the University of Wollongong, where she went on to lecture in creative writing for 21 years. She is currently Honorary Senior Lecturer at The Australian National University.

Merlinda’s works have been published in English, Filipino and Bikol, integrating Philippine and Australian cultures and experiences with a wider global vision. In 2016 Merlinda’s novel, Locust Girl: A Love Song, was awarded the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction and the Philippine National Book Award. Her earlier novel, Fish-Hair Woman, also received the 2014 Philippine National Book Award and Australia’s 2013 MUBA from the Small Press Network.

Merlinda is the recipient of multiple international awards. Her play Rita’s Lullaby was the winner of the 1995 Ian Reed Radio Drama Prize, the 1998 AWGIE for Best Radio Play and the prestigious International Prix Italia for radio fiction. In 2000 White Turtle received the Steele Rudd Award for the Best Published Collection of Australian Short stories and the Philippine National Book Award. Merlinda’s first novel Banana Heart Summer won the 2006 Philippine Golden Book Award and was shortlisted for the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal. Poems from her new collection Accidents of Composition (2017) also won Second Prize in one of the Philippines’ most prestigious and oldest literary awards, the Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature. Merlinda has performed her literary works as theatre in Australia, Philippines, USA, Spain, Singapore, France and China.


01 Aug 2015 Afternoon Reading at North Melbourne Library

Reading by Merlinda Bobis with special guest Patricia Sykes author of 'The Abbotsford Mysteries'
31 Jul 2015 Launch of Locust Girl at Collected Works 1/37 Swanston St, Melbourne

… a futuristic nightmare of an environmental and human apocalypse … a mythical dream of rebirth through a girl’s suffering and love. Bobis’ prose comes f... more
17 Jan 2012 Fish-Hair Woman
Cover Fish-Hair Woman, author Merlinda Bobis
Merlinda Bobis's latest book Fish-Hair Woman is to be launched at Adelaide Writer's Week, in Melbourne at Readings Carlton and in Canberra. Details of the la... more

14 Jan 2010 Performance pieces by Merlinda Bobis

Watch two dramatic works from Filipina-Australian poet and performer Merlinda Bobis on her website. 'River, River' is adapted from her short story 'Fish-Hai... more

Banana Heart Summer, 2006 Gintong Aklat Award (Golden Book Award) Philippines
2000 Winner, National Book Award (fiction), Manila Critics Circle, Philippines
Book Awards
Fish–Hair Woman: Finalist: 2013 Davitt Awards. Best crime and mystery books by Australian women
Fish–Hair Woman: Winner: Most Underrated Book Award 2013
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Fish–Hair Woman: Winner: Juan C. Laya Prize for Best Novel in a Foreign Language 2014
Locust Girl: Shortlisted: 2016 ACT Book of the Year Award
Locust Girl: Winner 2016 - Christina Stead Prize for Fiction
Locust Girl: Philippine National Book Award for Best Novel in English
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Summer Was A Fast Train Without Terminals: 1999 Shortlist, Age Book of the Year Award
White Turtle: 2000 Co-winner, Steele Rudd Award
White Turtle: 2000 Winner, National Book Award (fiction), Manila Critics Circle
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White Turtle: 2001 Judges' Choice Award, Bumbershoot Book Fair, USA

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