Howard Goldenberg

Howard Goldenberg burst onto the literary scene in 1955, with the publication in the Friday Junior Age of his contributions. Scenting greatness, numerous school and university magazines followed the Junior Age (Howard was usually the editor). In the years 1972-76, Howard co-authored three children. The three have since added to the Goldenberg oeuvre. Howard has practised medicine since 1970 and in the past two decades has worked as an outback GP, and as a District Medical Officer, based in Alice Springs. Time in the outback allowed the gestation and creation of his five books of which the latest is Carrots and Jaffas, a novel of mothers deprived of their children. Set in contemporary Melbourne and in the South Australian outback, the book weaves stories of stolen whitefella children with those of blackfellas. Consistent with this theme, all five of Howard’s books were achieved at the cost of the deprivation of his family of his time and attention. Mentored by distinguished senior colleagues in Martin Flanagan, Helen Garner and Robert Hillman, Howard has published innumerable blogs as well as many stories and articles in publications from synagogue newsletters, to broadsheet newspapers, Griffith Review, Wet Ink, and Meanjin.