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Emily Ballou is an Australian-American poet, novelist and screenwriter. Her award-winning poetry collection The Darwin Poems, a verse portrait of Charles Darwin, was published by University of Western Australia Press in 2009.[1] It was written as part of an Australia Council for the Arts residency at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre in County Monaghan, Ireland.[2]

She wrote the "Anouk" and "Aisha" episodes of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's multi-award-winning, internationally acclaimed television mini-series The Slap, the original adaptation of Christos Tsiolkas’ novel of the same name, which won the 2012 AWGIE Awards for Television Mini-Series (Adaptation). It was aired in the UK on BBC4 and nominated for a Royal Television Society Award, a BAFTA award and an International Emmy Award.

Ballou has also written episodes of BBC One/FX Taboo, Channel 4/AMC Humans, BBC One's Case Histories (series 2, "Nobody's Darling"), ITV's Scott & Bailey, National Geographic's TV movie American Blackout, co-written with Ewan Morrison, and "Family", directed by Shaun Gladwell in the anthology film The Turning, adapted from Tim Winton's book of short stories and screened in the Berlinale Special Galas section of the 64th Berlin International Film Festival.

She is also the author of the novels Father Lands (Picador, 2002),[3] Aphelion (Picador, 2007) and the picture book One Blue Sock (with illustrations by Stephen Michael King) (Random House, 2007).[2]


Emily Ballou was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She studied Film and English at University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, graduating with a Bachelor in Fine Arts with Honours and completed a Master of Letters in Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney. She subsequently immigrated to Australia.[3] She now lives in Glasgow, Scotland.

Awards and nominationsEdit


  • 2002 – Father Lands, Picador: Pan Macmillan Australia, ISBN 0-330-36384-0, ISBN 978-0-330-36384-6.
  • 2007 – One Blue Sock, Random House Australia, ISBN 1-74166-228-1, ISBN 978-1-74166-228-3.
  • 2007 – Aphelion, Picador: Pan Macmillan Australia, ISBN 0-330-42312-6, ISBN 978-0-330-42312-0.
  • 2009 – The Darwin Poems, University of Western Australia Press, ISBN 1-921401-27-3, ISBN 978-1-921401-27-5.


  • 2008 – "On the Splice", Best Australian Short Stories[7]
  • 2009 – "Here is a Hair from Her Head", Best Australian Short Stories[8]
  • 2010 – "Darwin as Metaphor", Journal 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, Birkbeck: University of London, No. 11, pp. 1–17.[9]
  • 2010 – "The Beach", The Penguin Book of the Ocean[10]


  1. ^ a b c Award-winning book of poetry shortlisted for national award | University News : University News : The University of Western Australia. (2010-06-17). Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  2. ^ a b c Poetry – 2010 – Poetica – Subjects A-Z. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  3. ^ a b Next stop after the comfort zone. (2002-12-21). Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  4. ^ The Sydney Morning Herald Blogs: Entertainment. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  5. ^ Western Australian Premier's Book Awards: State Library of Western Australia Archived 2010-11-29 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  6. ^ Kenneth Slessor Prize for Poetry – NSW Premier's Literary Awards 2011 Archived 2012-03-08 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  7. ^ Falconer, D (ed.) (2008). "On the Splice", Best Australian Short Stories, Black Inc., ISBN 978-1-86395-295-8.
  8. ^ Falconer, D (ed.) (2009). "Here is a Hair From Her Head", Best Australian Short Stories, Black Inc., ISBN 978-1-86395-453-2.
  9. ^ No 11 (2010) Archived 2010-08-22 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2010-11-22.
  10. ^ Bradley, J (ed.) (2010). "The Beach", The Penguin Book of the Ocean, Penguin Australia, ISBN 978-1-926428-16-1

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