The Furphy Anthology 2020
Publisher: Hardie Grant Books
Joseph Furphy wrote the Australian literary classic, Such is Life, in 1903, under the pen name of Tom Collins, slang for a tall story. His brother John, a blacksmith, created water carts used by Australian troops during the First World War. Around these carts, stories were told, legs were pulled, rumours gathered momentum, and the term ‘furphy’ became part of the Australian lexicon.The Furphy Literary Award, established in 1992, became a national competition for the first time in 2020. More than 800 writers – from the established and experienced to first-timers – took up the challenge to tackle its topic of ‘Australian Life’.
This anthology includes well-known writers such as Cate Kennedy, Jenni Marazaki, Mira Robertson, Ruby Todd and Jean Flynn, along with emerging writers including Ya Reeves, Thomas MacAllister, Luke Martin and the IEU’s own journalist Sue Osborne.