Please bear in mind that this card was being edited to correct spelling errors and other issues when I added it here, and a current version may be different.

This introduction on this page was updated 27/4/19.

Inspired by the Diversity Bingo game card… but diverging from it because I don’t like to label authors by their skin colour or their disability…

… and also acknowledging that I’m mindful of the problem of identity politics and culture wars.  In the Weekend Australian Geordie Williamson reviews Nam Le’s On David Malouf: Writers on Writers (Black Inc, 2019), and argues that:

A true work of art, irrespective of its author, deserves to be granted oxygen and space—it deserves to be engaged with in a realm beyond the Twitter squabbles that would delimit and proscribe our literary engagement. Yes, Le acknowledges, the history of literature is the history of systematic exclusion of stories by those who do not conform to a narrow range of acceptable voices. But, he continues, to damn those legitimately precious works that have survived despite that exclusionary urge is to disrespect art in toto.  Those works are our lever to raise other voices up.

What Le [of Vietnamese heritage] admires about Malouf [of English/Lebanese heritage] is his low-key determination to celebrate all that is worth preserving in the Western tradition.  He writes that “Malouf owns his Occidentalism, in all its contradictions and culpabilities.”  He sides with the older author in accepting that the barbarism on which Western culture is built should not be used to poison those documents that rise above our collective failings.

“Nothing complex is pure,” Le argues.  “Those who crave purity — who would tell us what may be read, and by whom, and who may write what, and how, would sort us into silos of identity, and then, worst of all, vacate the ‘good’ for the ‘correct’ should, by their own argument ad absurdum, have nothing more to do with the written word.”  (‘A Poetic Prose’ by Geordie Williamson, in Review, Weekend Australian, April 27-28, 2019, p.16-17)

I don’t read to anybody’s agenda, but for those interested in the diversity of Australian writing, this page notes the multicultural heritage of the Australian writers that I’ve read and reviewed here on this blog.  I’m using the word ‘heritage’ loosely: it can mean that the author was born in Australia of immigrant parents, or it can mean that they migrated here or came as refugees.  However I’m not going to trace beyond first generations to, for example, Irish forebears who came to Australia in colonial times.

There is obviously potential to get this wrong, and multicultural heritage isn’t always obvious or straightforward.  I welcome corrections if I’ve made mistakes, but I am deliberately confining myself to information that is already in the public domain.

NB Indigenous authors are indexed on the ANZ LitLovers Indigenous Reading List.

The list below was last updated 20/8/19


Dominique Wilson:


Lesley Jørgensen:


Ashley Kalagian Blunt

Marcella Polain (Armenian/Irish)


John Tesarch


Maxine Beneba Clarke

Growing Up African in Australia (Editor)


Ouyang Yu:

Vivian Bi


Marija Peričić

Sofija Stevanovic


Olga Lorenzo:


Maher Abou Elsaoud:


Evelyn Juers:

Manfred Jurgensen:

T.G.H. Strehlow

Glenice Whitting


Christos Tsiolkas


Brian Castro (of Portuguese, Chinese and English parentage):


Inez Baranay:


Silvia Kwon:


Suneeta Peres Da Costa

Aashish Kaul:

Rashida Murphy

Christopher Raja:

Subhash Jaireth:


  • Marcella Polain (see Armenia)


Shokoofeh Azar

Ali Alizadeh


Venero Armanno:

Rosa Cappiello

Enza Gandolfo

Moreno Giovannoni


Michael Mohammed Ahmad:

David Malouf:


S.K. Karakaltsas


Micheline Lee:


Wole Akosile


Azhar Abidi

The Philippines

Merlinda Bobis:


Herz Bergner

Anna Rosner Blay

Pinchas Goldhar

Antoni Jach

Leah Kaminsky:

Serge Liberman

Olga Lorenzo

Morris Lurie

Alex Skovron:

Sara Rena Vidal


Madeleine St John: (St John’s mother was Romanian, but she reinvented herself as pseudo-French once in Australia).


Alla Wolf-Tasker


A S Patric:

Sofija Stefanovich


Simone Lazaroo:

S.L. Lim

South Africa

Shelley Davidow

Sisonke Msimang

South Sudan

Majok Tulba:

Sri Lanka

Michelle de Kretser:

Rajith Savanadasa:

Channa Wickremesekera:


Malla Nunn:


Anglo Swedish

Kristina Olssen


Anna Solding:


Alice Melike Ulgezer:

United Kingdom

Martin Boyd (born in Switzerland, educated in Australia, but identified as Anglo-Australian and spent most of his line in England)

Ada Cambridge (England):

Ernest Favenc

Anna Fienberg

Rodney Hall (England)

Elizabeth Jolley (England):

Robert Lukins (Wales)

Alex Miller (England):

Drusilla Modjeska:

Catherine Helen Spence (Scotland)

Patrick White (England):


Linda Jaivin:

Eleanor Limprecht (born and raised in the US, Germany and Pakistan but now lives in Sydney, Australia)

USSR (Ukraine)

Maria Tumarkin


Hoa Pham:

Nam Le:

Chi Vu:


Elizabeth Kuiper




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