Declan Fry is a writer, poet, critic and essayist.
Born on Wongatha country in Kalgoorlie, he has written for The Guardian, Saturday Paper, Overland, Australian Book Review, Meanjin, Liminal, Sydney Review of Books, Cordite, Kill Your Darlings and Westerly, among others.
His essay ‘Justice for Elijah or a Spiritual Dialogue with Ziggy Ramo, Dancing’ received the 2021 Peter Blazey Fellowship and he has been shortlisted for the Judith Wright Poetry Prize.
No name for the country
Non-fictionFor the past thirty-odd years, Hideo has worked exclusively in Japanese, publishing several novels and collections of criticism and essays. Why Japanese? is a question he is often asked. It harbours a kind of suspicion: why would a native speaker of the English language, the language of power and prestige and capital ... give it all up in favour of a comparatively minor language, a marked and ethnicised tongue?
The Biyula novels
PoetryWe pause in front of a fallen eucalypt blackened trunk glistening with charcoal grids decode species-information: the time of its seeding and the intensity of the fire which consumed it.
FictionI FIRST MET Sal in the winter of 2019. I was in Sicily. He was sitting at a café. Spoke to me in English. Hey buddy, could you spare thirty cents? New York accent. Maybe habit, addressing people in English. Yeah, I said. What...