Rodney Hall has twice won the Miles Franklin Award and twice been awarded the gold medal of the Australian Literature Society. His libretto and scenario Whispers, music by Andrew Ford, has been performed in every Australian state capital. Among his many productions are Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale and Peri’s Euridice. In the late 1970s he became known as a recorder player and taught at the Canberra School of Music. He played in the orchestra pit in Purcell and Handel operas for the UNSW Opera Company and Young Opera. He was artistic co-director of the Four Winds Festival in Bermagui, NSW. In 2013 he wrote and performed in a multi-media tribute to the painter Ian Fairweather, performed at the Brisbane International Arts Festival. His play A Return to the Brink was produced for the 1999 Melbourne International Festival. He wrote and compiled the texts for the spoken component of the five Twilight Series performances for the Centenary of Federation Festival in Melbourne. His books have been published in the USA, UK and Canada and in translation into German, French, Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Korean, Spanish and Portuguese. A former Chairman of the Australia Council, he is a member of the Order of Australia and was awarded the Commonwealth Medal in 2003.