Dorothy Porter is one of Australia’s most exciting and innovative writers. In the same year she graduated from Sydney University, her first poetry collection, Little Hoodlum, was published.
Since that time she has published four novels and a further five collections of verse. Wild Surmise was short-listed for the Miles Franklin Award in 2003 and won the Adelaide Festival Award in 2004.
Her first novel, The Monkey’s Mask, won the Age Poetry Book of the Year and the National Book Council’s Poetry Prize. In England it received rave reviews. It was adapted for the stage, radio, and cinema.
In 1996 Dorothy was commissioned to write the libretto for a chamber opera, The Ghost Wife, with Jonathan Mills as the composer. The opera premiered at the 1999 Melbourne International, opened the Sydney Festival in 2001, and played at the Barbican in London in 2002.
The Eternity Man, another chamber opera, by Dorothy and Jonathan Mills premiered in London in 2003. A phantasmagorical presentation of the life and times of Arthur Stace, it was one of three winners of the inaugural Genesis Foundation award.