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Louise Allan - Writer



Louise’s début novel, The Sisters’ Song, was published by Allen and Unwin in January 2018. In 2014, she was awarded a Varuna Residential Fellowship to continue working on it, and in the same year, the book was shortlisted for the City of Fremantle—TAG Hungerford Award.

This novel 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 it took six years and countless drafts until publication. (You can read more about the ups and downs of the 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.

Louise is represented by Lyn Tranter of Australian Literary Management.


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