Anna Funder on Ubud Writers & Readers Festival 2012
|Born||1966 (age 52–53)|
|Education||BA (Hons) LLB (Hons) MA, DCA (Creative Writing)|
Funder went to primary school in Melbourne and Paris; she attended Star of the Sea College and graduated as Dux in 1983. She studied at the University of Melbourne and the Freie Universität of Berlin, and holds a BA (Hons) and LLB (Hons). She also has an MA from the University of Melbourne and a Doctor of Creative Arts from the University of Technology Sydney. Funder worked for the Australian Government as an international lawyer in human rights, constitutional law and treaty negotiation, before turning to writing full-time in the late 1990s.
Anna Funder's writing has received numerous accolades and awards. Her essays, feature articles and columns have appeared in numerous publications, such as the Guardian, the Sunday Times, the Sydney Morning Herald, Best Australian Essays and The Monthly. She has toured as a public speaker, and is a former DAAD (Berlin), Australia Council, NSW Writing and Rockefeller Foundation Fellow.
Funder's Stasiland tells stories of people who heroically resisted the communist dictatorship of East Germany, and of people who worked for its secret police, the Stasi. Stasiland has been published in twenty countries and translated into a seventeen languages; it is on school and university reading lists around the world.
Stasiland won the 2004 Samuel Johnson Prize and was also the finalist for the Age Book of the Year Awards, Guardian First Book Award, Queensland Premier's Literary Award, Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation in Writing), Index Freedom of Expression Awards and the W.H. Heinemann Award.
All That I AmEdit
Funder's 2012 novel All That I Am tells the previously untold story of four German-Jewish anti-Hitler activists forced to flee to London. There, they continued the dangerous and illegal work of smuggling documents out of Goering’s office, and giving them to Winston Churchill (a backbencher at the time) to try to alert the world to Hitler’s plans for war. But the Gestapo was – even this early – active in London. In 1935 two of them, both women, were found dead from poison in mysterious circumstances in a locked room in Bloomsbury. The coroner's inquest into the deaths was a whitewash. Funder’s novel reimagines courage, desire and resistance, and what happened in that room. The book has been hailed as ‘Superb’ (The Spectator), ‘strong and impressively humane' (The Times Literary Supplement), ‘a beautiful ensemble novel of Graham Green’esque proportions’ (Weekendavisen (Denmark)) and ‘an essential novel’ by Column McCann.
All That I Am has been published in twenty countries and spent over one and a half years on the bestseller list, appearing several times at number one. The novel was BBC Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime in the UK, and The Times (London) Book of the Month for May 2012.
All That I Am won Australia's most prestigious literary award, the Miles Franklin Prize, 2012 as well as:
- Western Australian Premier's Book Awards — 2011 Fiction Award and People's Choice Award
- Barbara Jefferis Award
- The Indie Book of the Year
- The Indie Best Debut Fiction
- Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Literary Fiction Book of the year 2012
- Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award.
All That I Am was also a finalist for the:
Human rights activitiesEdit
Anna Funder trained as an international and human rights lawyer, interests which she continues to pursue in her professional and public life as a writer. She frequently speaks in public on issues ranging from free speech and privacy to the rights of both citizens and non-citizens (refugees). Her main interests are in balancing the rights and freedoms of individuals with our collective responsibilities to each other, the transparency of both government and corporations, and the role of courage and compassion in civil society.
Funder is an Ambassador for the Norwegian-based International Cities of Refuge Network (ICORN). ICORN is a global network of cities offering safe havens for persecuted writers. She is a member of the Advisory Panel of the Australian Privacy Foundation.
Funder is a Board Member of the University of Melbourne Foundation, and an Honorary Fellow of the University of Technology Sydney.
Public appearances and named lecturesEdit
Funder's essays, articles and columns have appeared in many publications, including The Guardian, The Sydney Morning Herald, and Ny Tid, and have been selected for Best Australian Essays. Her feature "Secret History", which appeared in the Guardian and in the GoodWeekend, about the files from the Nazi death camps held in obscurity by German authorities, won the 2007 ASA Maunder Award for Journalism.
Funder has delivered numerous named lectures, including the:
Awards and honoursEdit
Full list of awards:
- DAAD Fellowship
- Samuel Johnson Prize, 2004
- ASA Maunder Prize, 2007
- Rockefeller Foundation Fellowship, 2008
- Australia Council Fellowship
- NSW Writing Fellow, 2010
- In 2011 she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s ‘100 People of Influence’ in Australia 
- West Australian Premier's Prize, 2011
- West Australian Premier's People's Choice Award, 2011
- BBC Book of the Week and Book at Bedtime in the UK, 2011
- The Miles Franklin Prize, 2012
- Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) Book of the Year, 2012
- ABIA Literary Fiction Book of the Year, 2012
- Nielsen BookData Bookseller's Choice Award, 2012
- Barbara Jefferis Prize, 2012
- The Indie Book of the Year, 2012
- The Indie Best Debut Fiction, 2012
- The Times (London) Book of the Month for May 2012
- In 2012 she was appointed to the Literature Board of the Australia Council
- Anna was the winner of InStyle Magazine's Woman of Style Award for Arts & Culture 2013
Full list of nominations:
- The Age Book of the Year Awards
- The Guardian First Book Award
- Queensland Premier's Literary Award
- Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Innovation in Writing)
- Index Freedom of Expression Awards
- W.H. Heinemann Award
- IMPAC Award
- Commonwealth Book Prize
- The Prime Minister's Literary Award
- ALS Gold Medal
- Adelaide Festival Fiction Prize
- Victorian Premiers Literary Award
- The Australian Society of Authors Asher Literary Award
- "Dux of the College". Starmelb.catholic.edu.au. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
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- "Results for: anna funder". The Monthly. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Literature assessment meeting report - December 2011". Australia Council for the Arts. December 2011. Archived from the original on 17 May 2013. Retrieved 13 August 2013.
- "Meet the Panellists of Critical Mass - 4.00pm - 4.30pm Sundays on ABC TV". Abc.net.au. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Free Agent". The Monthly. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Anna Funder". Annafunder.com. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- 2012 Barbara Jefferis Award
- "ICORN international cities of refuge network". Icorn.org. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Anna Funder on courage (p2): Sydney PEN 3 Voices Project". YouTube. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Secret history". the Guardian. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "HAMSTERS WITH PLASMAS" (PDF). Libertyvictoria.org. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Watch Anna Funder on courage: Sydney PEN 3 Voices Project - SlowTV Episodes - How To Videos - Blip". Blip.tv. 18 November 2008. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Dymphna Clark Lecture By Anna Funder · Events at The University of Melbourne". Events.unimelb.edu.au. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Sydney's Top 100 Most Influential People - The Sydney Magazine". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "InStyle Magazine - Women of Style - Women Of Style Winners 2013". instylemag.com.au. Archived from the original on 4 November 2014. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
- "Stasiland by Anna Funder", Guardian Unlimited, Thursday 6 November 2003.
- "Debut author wins Johnson prize", BBC News, Tuesday, 15 June 2004
- ABC Critical Mass biography: Anna Funder ABC Critical Mass, 2003
- Life Behind the Wall Now and Then Lancette Journal, review by Alidë Kohlhaas April 2004
- Byrnes, Sholto; Tonkin, Boyd (18 June 2004). "Anna Funder: Inside the real Room 101". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2 February 2008.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Anna Funder.|
- Official website
- Miles Franklin Literary Award - Website - (2012 Winner)
- Video: Anna Funder lecture on 'Courage' Sydney PEN 3 Voices Project, November 2008, on SlowTV
- Podcast of Anna Funder discussing "On East Germany" at the Shanghai International Literary Festival