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Inga is the author of WHERE THE TREES WERE, NEST, MR WIGG  – and coming in June 2017, her first work of non-fiction, UNDERSTORY.

WHERE THE TREES WERE has been shortlisted for the 2017 Indie Book Awards, and longlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards and Green Carnation Prize.

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. It was shortlisted for the 2014 Indie Book Awards,

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, 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 has lived in Canberra, Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast hinterland. She leads writing retreats, workshops and mentorships through Olvar Wood.

Her eco-memoir Understory: a life with trees will be published by Hachette in June 2017.

One Response to Bio

  1. martin says:

    Hi Inga
    Just read Where the Trees Were [got it from library for $1.00 in book sale] one of best buys ever, is [ In 2015, Inga was awarded a QLD Literary Fellowship to research and develop her next novel, Willowman.] going to happen. Just got MR WIGG out
    Keep on writing

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