Recognised at Ned Kelly Awards.

Mid North born author Garry Disher was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards.
Mid North born author Garry Disher was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards.

South Australian author Garry Disher has been recognised for his work at the 2018 Ned Kelly Awards.

On Saturday it was announced at the Melbourne Writers’ Festival that Disher had been awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award for his contribution to crime writing.

 Australian Crime Writers' Association chair Rochelle Jackson praised Disher for his work.

“Garry Disher has made an outstanding contribution to Australian crime fiction, using his characters to explore and expose Australian culture,” she said.

“His crime fiction is just one aspect of a long, successful and varied literary career which shows no sign of slowing down.”

Disher grew up on his parents wool and wheat farm near Hallett and attended school at Burra before he relocated to Adelaide Boys’ High School to complete his education.

After graduating, Disher studied a Bachelor of Arts at Adelaide University, a Masters Degree in History at Monash and later won a scholarship to study Creative Writing at Stanford University in California.

Now residing on the Morning Peninsula in Victoria, where he has lived for the past 20 years, Disher still maintains a connection to the Mid North region.

Two of his novels, 2014’s Bitter Wash Road and 1966’s The Sunken Road, are set in the region.

Bitter Wash Road tells the story of whistleblower and Police Constable Paul Hirschhausen and is set in the fictional town of Tiverton.

The town is located 40km away from Redruth, named after the historic Gaol in Burra.

The Sunken Road tells the life of protagonist Anna Tolley who lives in Pandowie, a town which lies at the heart of the Mid North’s wheat and wool country.

Disher has penned over 50 books during his career and his twice one the Ned Kelly Award for Best Novel in the crime writing category, first in 2007 and again in 2010.

He is also a dual winner of the German Crime Prize.