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Louise Allan - Writer



My first novel, ‘The Sisters’ Song‘, will be published by Allen and Unwin in January 2018.

This novel came from a short story I wrote in 2010, which I knew had a much longer story attached. In 2012, I picked it up again, and it grew, and kept growing, and after five years and countless drafts, it has become the novel it is.

In 2014, I was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship, and in the same year, my novel was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award.

The story is set in rural Tasmania, beginning in the 1920s and finishing in the 1990s. It centres around two sisters: Ida, who dearly wants a family, and Nora, who dreams of singing on a stage, but neither sister achieves her dream.

The novel is about motherhood, womanhood, and sisterhood. It’s also about unrealised dreams, music, children and family.

As I’ve been blogging since 2013, I’ve recorded many of the ups-and-downs of the pathway to publication. You can read them all here.




I grew up in Tasmania, a relatively underpopulated, rugged, and cold island off the south-east coast of mainland Australia. After school, I studied Medicine at the University of Tasmania and went on to become a GP.

In 2000, my family and I moved across the country to Perth, on the coast of Western Australia, and settled in a warmer, drier, sunnier climate. I moved into the field of breast cancer where I worked until I ceased practising Medicine in 2010 and took up writing.

I’m married with four children and two dogs. Apart from my family and writing, I enjoy music, photography, walking, and nature.

If you’d like to learn more about me, please read my first ever blog post.

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(Published in the anthology, 'Jukebox', OOTA, 2013.)

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