Gregory Day

Gregory Day

is a writer, poet and musician. His debut novel The Patron Saint of Eels (2005) won the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal.


About Gregory Day

Gregory Day is a novelist, poet and composer from the Eastern Otways region of southwest Victoria, Australia. He is a winner of the Australian Literature Society Gold Medal, the Elizabeth Jolley Prize, and the Manly Artist Book Award. His latest novel A Sand Archive was shortlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award and his essay Summer on The Painkalac was also shortlisted for the 2019 Nature Conservancy Nature Writing Prize. Gregory is a regular contributor to the literary pages of The Age and The Australian. He is also a footy coach and a mushroom hunter.


Articles about Gregory Day

Archipelago of Souls by Gregory Day cover

Wild Islands: Archipelago of Souls
by Gregory Day

'Archipelago of Souls is Gregory Day’s fourth novel since his prize-winning debut, The Patron Saint of Eels, first appeared in 2005. But despite this significant output in fiction, various short-listings and awards, and Day’s regular contributions as a reviewer in the mainstream press, his writing seems to have been largely overlooked by contemporary Australian literary criticism.’

Articles by Gregory Day

The War on Life:
Animalia

‘Despite the fact that we, along with the horse, the wood swallow, the bulbine lily or the most invasive of weeds, cannot be excised from a broader universal network of being, there is still no possible escape from our stories being precisely that, our particular stories, endemic, to us. It is through the inexorably networked mechanisms of a French farm, a pig farm in the Tarn et Garonne of central-southern France, to be more precise, that novelist Jean-Baptiste Del Amo attempts to dramatise these distinctions within the context of ‘animalia’, the over arching super-category of inspirited materiality, and survivalism, that unites all animals.’

Landmarks by Robert Macfarlane

Betraying the Loch: Landmarks
by Robert Macfarlane

It is a quandary of the currently abounding place-literature that by bringing such softening frames to so-called ‘wild’ places, and by writing so charmingly about them, authors are in fact robbing these places of the ‘wildness’ and the psychogeographical freedom they purport to love. Or are they?

Nora Webster by Colm Tóibín cover

The submerged moon: Nora Webster
by Colm Tóibín

Intrinsic to Tóibín’s work, from The South and The Sign of the Cross: Travels in Catholic Europe through to Nora Webster, is a social realist reformulation of what were known in Catholic circles, once upon a time, as ‘holy mysteries’. You will find no cheap irony in Tóibín about this. He has made himself a conduit for the concept, with its rootedness in ordinary human failure, loss and vulnerability.