Anne Bartlett is a South Australian writer. She spent her childhood in the Murray Mallee and the Adelaide Hills, where she now lives, on the border between suburbia and orchards, and where koalas climb a tree in her front yard.
She is best known for her novel Knitting, published in 2005 by Houghton Mifflin and Penguin Australia, and in 2006 by Penguin UK. It also available as a Bolinda audio book. Knitting was longlisted for the Miles Franklin Award 2006.
Anne’s children’s book on Aboriginal history and culture, The Aboriginal Peoples of Australia, was published in Singapore (Times Editions) and USA (Lerner) as part of a First People’s Series in 2001. It has been on the Premier’s Reading Lists of SA, Victoria and NSW, and the Minister’s Reading List, ACT.
In 1999 she began work on commissions from State Aboriginal Affairs, recording the life stories of three Aboriginal elders. The Chairman (2004, Australian Scholarly Publishing) is the story of Ngarrindjeri elder, the late Garnett Wilson, former member of the National Aboriginal Conference, and former long-standing chair of the Aboriginal Lands Trust.
Anne is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Adelaide, where she wrote Knitting as the creative component of a PhD in Creative Writing.