Erin Gough is a fiction writer whose stories have been published in a number of journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Stories, Griffith Review, The Age, Overland, Southerly and Going Down Swinging. Her novel for young adults, The Flywheel, won Hardie Grant Egmont’s Ampersand Prize and was published in February 2015.
In 2016, The Flywheel was long listed for the Indie Book Awards and short listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards (Older Readers) and the Gold Inky Awards. It was also named a White Raven International Youth Library title. The Flywheel was published in Germany in 2016 and in the US in April 2017 under the title Get it Together, Delilah!
Erin’s second novel, Amelia Westlake, was published in April 2018. It won the Readings Young Adult Book prize in July 2018 and the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature at the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards in April 2019. It was short listed in the Queensland Literary Awards 2018, the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019, the Indie Book Awards 2019 and the ABIAs 2019. It was published in the US by Little, Brown, in May 2019.
In 2018 Erin was one of the winners of the Griffith Review’s sixth annual novella project. Her novella, ‘Distance’, was published in Griffith Review 62: All Being Equal in October 2018.
Talks and workshops
Erin has been a guest at a number of writers’ festivals, including the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Reading Matters, Girls Write Up, the Feminist Writers’ Festival, the Newtown Festival and the Tamar Valley Writers’ Festival. She has been a school writer-in-residence in her capacity as a Stella Prize Schools Ambassador. Her talks and workshops with high school students focus on the craft of storytelling, the importance of reading diversely and learning how to tell your individual story.
- E.Gough, Legacy Books, Feminist Writers Festival 2018
- E.Gough, The Art of Influence: on writing The Flywheel, Kill Your Darlings, March 2015
- Stella Schools Interview with Erin Gough, thestellaprize.com.au, September 2015
- D.Binks, We Read to Know We Are Not Alone: Examining the Lack of LBGTQI Characters in Australian Youth Literature, Kill Your Darlings, July 2014
- K.Eagar, Where the Magic Happens for Erin Gough, kirstyeagar.com
- Interview with Ampersand Prize Winner Erin Gough, July 2015
- Blog posts written while Writer in Residence at Inside a Dog