is a leading West Australian fiction writer. He also offers manuscript assessment, editing and mentoring services for writers, through Wordwork Manuscripts.
Chris McLeod,
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Chris has published three novels, Man of Water, River of Snake and City of Skies, and two collections of short fiction, Homing and The Crying Room. His work is published by Fremantle Press. His writing has received a very positive critical response, and has been recognised in a number of awards, including the 1997 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award (The Crying Room was one of nine Australian books nominated) and the WA Premier's Literary Awards in 1991, 1996, 1998 and 2005 (Homing, The Crying Room, River of Snake and Man of Water were shortlisted). Other successes include winning the Donald Stuart Award (Fellowship of Australian Writers) and the Randolph Stow Award.

Chris was born in 1950 in Perth, Western Australia, and grew up in the Western Australian country town of Katanning. In 1971 he completed qualifications in psychology at the University of Western Australia. As well as practising as a psychologist, Chris has worked in journalism, social work and teaching. Since the mid 1990s he has been self-employed, principally as a writer, teacher of writing and editor. Chris was fiction editor of the leading Australian and international literary magazine, Westerly, between 1997 and 1999. He has taught creative writing at the University of Western Australia and has been involved as a mentor in a number of mentoring programs for emerging writers (1998-2004). He has written many freelance articles and reviews (book, theatre and film), particularly for The West Australian newspaper.

Chris has a PhD in English/creative writing (Murdoch University, 2002) and an MA in creative writing (University of Western Australia, 1997).

Chris McLeod's most recent publication is the novel, Man of Water.
"An exceptional achievement, Man of Water is one of the finest Australian novels of the new millenium." Brett D'Arcy.

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