C S Burrough

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C S Burrough

C. S. Burrough (born 11 August 1959) is a British-born Australian author.[1][2]

Early life[edit]

His earliest memoir, Keeping the Family Name, details an idyllic Blackpool infancy, local showbiz stardom and juvenile lead roles in repertory theatre, abruptly ending in the mid-1970s, when he came out.[1]


After his full-time Performing Arts education concluded in 1975, Burrough moved to London and established a West End theatre wardrobe career, which led to extensive touring, nationally and internationally. He settled in Australia in the 1980s.[3]

Burrough's early writing gained him recognition as an LGBT writer, with inclusion in Allen & Unwin's A Guide to Gay and Lesbian Writing in Australia (1996), written by Micheal Hurley.[4]

His first published fiction appeared when he was aged 30, with theatrical lesbian love story Box and Cotton, in Australian Short Stories International Issue (1989).[5]Edited by Bruce Pascoe, that issue included stories by Gerson Poyk and Lily Brett, and illustration by David Rankin. This placed Burrough in an authorial category including Helen Garner, Gillian Mears and Tim Winton.

Notable works[edit]

Burrough's story Just up the Road, about Sydney's early gay bar the Rex Hotel's Bottoms Up Bar, appeared in OutRage 1995 Gay and Lesbian Short Story Anthology (1994).[6] That edition included writing by Rob Cover.

His memoir Keeping the Family Name (1995) followed and was well reviewed in the Star Observer and OutRage Magazine,[7][8][9]reaching number three on the Star Observer's bestseller list by August that year.[10]

From 1996-98 Burrough wrote the regular fortnightly column Keeping up Appearances for Sydney gay newspaper Capital Q Weekly.[11]

His novel Not Grunting, Squealing was serialised weekly over six months in SX News.

His short story Parlour appeared in the Christopher Isherwood inspired anthology I Am A Camera (2009).[12]

Burrough's body of work later expanded beyond gay literature and into historical fiction.[13]

His saga Or Forever Be Damned (2014) spans eight decades, following the lives and families of two women who escape the slums of northern England's Cottonopolis in the Great Slump.[14][15]

His story From a Diary was included in the US Soul Vomit: Domestic Violence Aftermath (2015).[16]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Burrough, C. S (1995). Keeping the family name. Sydney: P.L.W.H.A. New South Wales. ISBN 978-0-646-23927-9. OCLC 1057960173. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  2. Press, Silky Oak. "C.S. Burrough | Silky Oak Press". Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  3. "C.S. Burrough". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  4. Press, Silky Oak. "C.S. Burrough | Silky Oak Press". Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  5. Australian short stories. No 27. Victoria: Pasco. 1989. OCLC 809071338. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  6. Carr, Adam (1994). Outrage 1995: gay & lesbian short story anthology. Fitzroy, Vic.: Designer Publications. ISBN 978-0-646-21777-2. OCLC 973621026. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  7. "Outrage: a magazine for lesbians and gay men". Outrage : A Magazine for Lesbians and Gay Men. 1983. ISSN 0811-2169. OCLC 220406720.
  8. "Trove". trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  9. "Trove". trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  10. "Trove". trove.nla.gov.au. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  11. Austlit. "About AustLit - Availability and Access | AustLit". www.austlit.edu.au. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  12. MacNeill, Ian; Rehn, Ash; Bartlett, John; May, James; Burrough, Colin; Boh, Shannon; Conners, Jarred; Cross, Peter; Summers, Wayne (2009). I am a camera. Australia: Www.gay e-books.com.au. OCLC 434841502. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  13. Burrough, Colin. "Historical Novel Society". Unknown parameter |url-status= ignored (help)
  14. Burrough, C. S (2014). Or forever be damned. ISBN 978-1-5008-6725-6. OCLC 896890074. Search this book on Amazon.com Logo.png
  15. Goldsworthy, Kerryn (2015-02-13). "Fiction: short reviews". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 2021-08-22.
  16. "Soul Vomit". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2021-08-22.

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