Kevin Gilbert Books & Biography
Kevin Gilbert descends from English/Irish stock on one side and from the tribes of the Kamilaroi and the Wiradjuri nation on the other. Orphaned at the age of 7, Gilbert's childhood experiences would quickly come to define his understanding of Australian race relations. In 1957 Gilbert was sentenced to life imprisonment for the killing of his wife. Increasingly recognised and acknowledged as a leading Australian literary and political figure, Gilbert was awarded the National Book Council Award in 1978 and the Human Rights Award for Literature in 1988, refusing the latter due to the ongoing injustice and suffering of his people.