John Hughes | Awards and Recognition For Writing | The Art Hunter | Ep 28 | NOW LIVE

In this episode of The Art Hunter, David Hunt talks to award-winning author, John Hughes who reveals his journey into writing even though it wasn’t his first choice as a career.

John Hughes was born in Cessnock, in the Hunter Valley of NSW, and educated at the Universities of Newcastle and Cambridge, and the University of Technology, Sydney. His first book, The Idea of Home: Autobiographical Essays, won both the National Biography Award and the NSW Premier’s Award for Non-Fiction. 

In the beginning, John undertook a medical degree but shortly realised it was not for him. He switched to an undergraduate arts degree at Newcastle University in the late 1970s, and at the end of his Honours year, was offered the Shell Scholarship to Cambridge. His preconceived notions of Europe as a place vastly more sophisticated than his provincial Cessnock prompted him to go. However, as he spent more time in England, and struggled through a PhD on Coleridge, he realised that his ideas were wrong, and that provincialism was, if not as obvious, certainly still as potent in what was considered the centre of the academic world. After this, he gave up his “life of letters”, as he called it, and returned to Australia.

Other books he’s written are; ‘Someone Else’The Remnants’ ‘The Garden of Sorrows’ and ‘Asylum’.He was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Award for ‘No One’ and the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Fiction for The Dogs.

He is the librarian at Sydney Grammar School.



Host: David Hunt 

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Director: Tim Barnett 

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David Hunt

David Hunt is The Art Hunter and is dedicated to interviews with artists of various disciplines - from visual arts to theatre; from writers to actors; from gallery curators to dancers. His aim is to showcase all aspects of the arts, with up close and personal in-depth conversations. David Hunt’s love for the arts and his friendship with so many artists as a presenter/producer of a weekly arts program on JOY 94.9 - Sunday Arts Magazine, which has been running for over six years. David is always on the “Hunt” for new & emerging artists. He is very grateful that he has been given this opportunity to support the arts. David’s background over the past 30 years, was with international & local record companies, in senior management roles - publicity, promotions, marketing. With EMI, Virgin, BMG & MDS (an offshoot of Mushroom), plus his own PR/Marketing company. Looking after some of the biggest international & local names in the industry.

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