1961 in Australian literature
This article presents a list of the historical events and publications of Australian literature during 1961.
For an overview of world literature see 1961 in literature.
- James Aldridge – The Last Exile
- Mena Calthorpe – The Dyehouse
- A. Bertram Chandler – The Rim of Space
- Kenneth Cook – Wake in Fright
- Dymphna Cusack – Heatwave in Berlin
- Nene Gare – The Fringe Dwellers
- Xavier Herbert – Soldiers' Women
- Elizabeth Kata – Be Ready with Bells and Drums
- John O'Grady – No Kava for Johnny
- Ruth Park – The Good Looking Women (aka '"Serpent's Delight)
- Hal Porter – The Tilted Cross
- George Turner – A Stranger and Afraid
- Judah Waten – Time of Conflict
- Morris West – Daughter of Silence
- Patrick White – Riders in the Chariot
- Thea Astley – "Cubby"
- A. Bertram Chandler – "All Laced Up"
- Shirley Hazzard – "Woollahra Road"
- Ray Mathew – A Bohemian Affair : Short Stories
- D'Arcy Niland
- The Ballad of the Fat Bushranger : and other stories
- Dadda Jumped Over Two Elephants
- Logan's Girl and Other Stories
- Desmond O'Grady – "Barbecue"
- Charles Osborne – Australian Stories of Today
- Hal Porter – "Say to Me Roland!"
Children's and Young Adult fiction
- L. H. Evers – The Racketty Street Gang
- John Gunn – Dangerous Enemies
- Ruth Park – The Hole in the Hill
- Betty Roland – Forbidden Bridge
- Colin Thiele – Sun on the Stubble
- Joan Woodberry – Rafferty Rides a Winner
- Vincent Buckley – Masters in Israel
- Gwen Harwood
- "In the Park"
- A. D. Hope – "The Double Looking Glass"
- David Malouf – "At My Grandmother's"
- Peter Porter – Once Bitten, Twice Bitten
- Elizabeth Riddell – Forbears
- Thomas Shapcott – Time on Fire
- Randolph Stow
- "Ruins of the City of Hay"
- Chris Wallace-Crabbe – "Melbourne"
- Francis Webb – Socrates and Other Poems
- Frank Hardy – The Hard Way : The Story Behind Power Without Glory
Awards and honours
|ALS Gold Medal||Not awarded|
|Miles Franklin Award||Patrick White||Riders in the Chariot||Eyre & Spottiswoode|
Children and Young Adult
|Children's Book of the Year Award||Older Readers||Nan Chauncy, illustrated by Brian Wildsmith||Tangara||Oxford University Press|
|Picture Book||No award|
|Grace Leven Prize for Poetry||Thomas Shapcott||Time on Fire||Jacaranda Press|
A list, ordered by date of birth (and, if the date is either unspecified or repeated, ordered alphabetically by surname) of births in 1961 of Australian literary figures, authors of written works or literature-related individuals follows, including year of death.
- 20 August – Greg Egan, novelist and short story writer
A list, ordered by date of death (and, if the date is either unspecified or repeated, ordered alphabetically by surname) of deaths in 1961 of Australian literary figures, authors of written works or literature-related individuals follows, including year of birth.
- 9 June – Jeannie Gunn, novelist (born 1870)
- "Judges' Warm Praise of Award Winner". The Canberra Times, 21 April 1962. Retrieved 18 May 2016.
- "Old Favourite Wins 'Book of the Year' Title", The Canberra Times, 8 July 1961, p14
- "Reading by Ipswich Poet" The Canberra Time, 7 June 1968, p14