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Archie Weller (1957 – )

Archie Weller was born in 1957 in Subiaco, Western Australia. He grew up on a farm near Cranbrook, in the Great Southern region of Western Australia, and later attended Guildford Grammar School in Perth as a boarder. He worked in various labouring jobs before writing his first novel, The Day of the Dog (1981). The novel won the Western Australian Week Literary Award for prose fiction, and was later adapted into the film Blackfellas (1993). He has since written a fantasy novel, Land of the Golden Clouds (1998), and published two collections of short stories, Going Home (1986) and The Window Seat (2009). He has also written plays, and works for film and television, including an award-winning script for the short film Confessions of a Headhunter (2000).

Weller has been publishing poetry since the early 1980s, and some of his poems appeared in the anthologies Inside Black Australia: An Anthology of Aboriginal Poetry (1988), and Paperbark: A Collection of Black Australian Writings (1990). His first collection of poems, The Unknown Soldier and Other Poems, was published in 2007.

Poetry Collections
  • The Unknown Soldier and other poems (Bassendean, WA: Access Press, 2007).
Suggested Further Reading
  • Sue Hosking, ‘Archie Weller,’ in Selina Samuels, ed., Australian Writers 1975–2000 (Detroit, USA: Gale Research, 2006), pp. 330-35.
  • Dickon Oxenburgh, ‘Archie Weller: Swanning Around in WA,’ Dialogue no.18 (1994), pp. 13, 16.
  • Patricia Rolfe, ‘Sister Sun, Brother Moon,’ The Bulletin 17 March 1998, p. 70.
  • Archie Weller, ‘Archie Weller: Playwright and Poet,’ in Liz Thompson, ed., Aboriginal Voices: Contemporary Aboriginal Artists, Writers and Performers (Brookvale, NSW: Simon and Schuster Australia, 1990), pp. 34–36, 38.