John Romeril

John Henry Romeril AM (born 26 October 1945) is a contemporary Australian playwright.

John Romeril was born and grew up in Melbourne where he attended Monash University.[1] His first plays, I Don't Know Who To Feel Sorry For (1969) and Chicago, Chicago (1970) were written while he was still a student.[2] Since then he has written over forty works including Mrs Thally F (1971), The Floating World (1975) and The Kelly Dance (1984). He has also written for television and the filmscript One Night the Moon was produced in 2001. His work has won the Canada-Australia Literary Award in 1976, the Victorian Government Drama Fellowship in 1988 and the Asialink Playwrighting Competition in 2004. From 2004 to 2006 he received an Australia Council Creative Fellowship from the Literature Board of the Australia Council and was the recipient of the University of New South Wales' Literary Scholarship in 2006-7.[3] In 2008 he was awarded the Patrick White Award.



  • A Nameless Concern (1968)
  • Kitchen Table (1968)
  • The Man from Chicago (1969)
  • Marvellous Melbourne (1970)
  • I Don't Know Who to Feel Sorry For (1973)
  • The Floating World (1975)
  • Barstardy (1982)
  • Jonah (1985)
  • Kelly Dance (1986)
  • Legends (1986)
  • Definitely Not the Last: A rock'n'roll fable (1989)
  • Lost Weekend (1989)
  • Black Cargo (1991)
  • Love Suicides (1997)
  • Miss Tanaka (2001)


Secondary sources

  • John Romeril edited by Gareth Griffiths (Rodopi, 1993)


  1. Romeril, John (a.k.a. Romeril, John Henry) (AustLit) Accessed: 26 February 2007.
  2. John Romeril Archived 2007-08-30 at the Wayback Machine (OzArts Online) Accessed: 26 February 2007.
  3. "Playwright awarded UNSW Literary Fellowship". University of New South Wales. 2 May 2006. Archived from the original on 30 March 2007. Retrieved 16 May 2007.

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