Bio

inga simpson_23Inga is the author of UNDERSTORY, WHERE THE TREES WERE, NEST, and MR WIGG.

Her first work of nature writing, UNDERSTORY: a life with trees, is out now.

WHERE THE TREES WERE was shortlisted for an Indie Book Award, and longlisted for the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award, the Australian Book Industry Awards, and the Green Carnation Prize.

NEST (2014) 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.

Inga’s first novel, MR WIGG (2013), was published following her participation in the 2011 QWC/Hachette Manuscript Development Program. It was shortlisted for the Indie Debut Book Award.

She is also the winner of the (final) Eric Rolls Nature Essay Prize.

Inga has PhDs in creative writing and English literature. Her work 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.

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.

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

5 Responses 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

  2. Eilla says:

    Hi Inga, I just finished reading Mr Wigg and it was rejuvenating and a complete joy. As I finished the last page I didn’t want it to end. Thank you so much. Keep up the good work.

  3. inga says:

    Thanks, Eilla!

  4. Mary says:

    Eagerly awaiting Understory as I’ve adored all of your books Inga.

  5. inga says:

    Thanks, Mary!

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