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Inga is the author of WHERE THE TREES WERE, NEST, and MR WIGG.

NEST was shortlisted for the Courier Mail People’s Choice Award, the ALS Gold Medal, and longlisted for the 2015 Miles Franklin Literary Award and the Stella Prize.

In 2015, Inga was awarded a QLD Literary Fellowship to research and develop her next novel, Willowman.

Inga’s first novel, MR WIGG, was published following her participation in the 2011 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program.

Inga is also the winner of the (final) Eric Rolls Nature Writing Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2009 Queensland Premier’s Award for best emerging author.

Inga has a PhD in Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology. Her short fiction and nonfiction has been published in Review of Australian Fiction, Griffith Review, Clues, Writing Queensland, and the Dictionary of Literary Biography.

Her first career was as a professional writer and researcher, including for federal Parliament and the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

She has recently completed a second PhD in English Literature, through the University of Queensland, which explores the history of Australian nature writing and its value today as an environmental strategy.

Inga grew up near Grenfell in central west NSW, and now lives among trees in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. She leads writing retreats, workshops and mentorships through Olvar Wood.

Her nature writing memoir will be published by Hachette in June 2017.