About Simon Cleary

Simon Cleary was born on the rim of the Great Dividing Range in Toowoomba, Queensland. He attended university in Brisbane.  Simon has lived in Sydney and Melbourne and travelled widely in Europe, Africa and North America. He lives in Brisbane.

The Comfort of Figs was published in 2008 after the manuscript was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards.

Closer to Stone came out in 2012.  It is informed by Simon’s experiences in North Africa at the commencement of the Algerian civil war in the early 1990s.  Closer to Stone won the Queensland Literary Awards People’s Choice Award in 2012.


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