Louise Allan - Writer

 Louise’s début novel, The Sisters’ Song, was published by Allen and Unwin 2018 and won the 2018 Tina Kane Emergent Writer Award. Prior to publication, the manuscript was shortlisted for the 2014 City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award and awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship. Louise was the 2019 Scholarship Writer-in-Residence at Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers Centre.

The Sisters’ Song came from a short story Louise wrote in 2010, which she knew had a much longer story attached. In 2012 she picked it up again and, six years and countless drafts later, it was published. (You can read more about Louise’s pathway to publication here.)

Louise grew up in Tasmania, a relatively underpopulated, rugged and cold island off the south-east coast of mainland Australia. She studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania and went on to become a GP, before moving across the country to Perth. She worked in the field of breast cancer until she ceased practising Medicine in 2010 and took up writing.

Louise is married with four children and two dogs. Apart from her family and writing, she enjoys music, photography, walking and nature. You can learn even more about Louise in her first ever blog post.


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