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Courtney Collins

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Personal Development, Storyteller/Performer

Courtney Collins is the author of The Burial, inspired by the life of a female bushranger. Shortlisted for The Stella Award, The NSW Premiers’ Award and the Dobbie, it is currently being developed as a feature film. Courtney is a regular contributor to ABC Arts online and is at work on her second novel.

Where were you born?

I was born in Scone and grew up in the Hunter Valley, NSW.

What other jobs have you had?

My most recent day job was at the School for Social Entrepreneurs, supporting adults with an idea for a business that has positive social benefits for the community.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Having my first novel published my Jane Palfreyman at Allen & Unwin, being translated into different languages, my novel being optioned for a feature film, a book tour of the United States and receiving blurbs from Elizabeth Gilbert and Patrick deWitt.

What are you passionate about?

Untold stories; representation of minority groups; people who find themselves outside of society; social justice; young women finding a voice; dispelling myths about the creative life; community and communal living; heroines.

Anything else you’d like to share?

As part of my work promoting The Burial I have done a book tour in regional NSW and Victoria, The UK, Paris and most recently through the United States. I’ve also facilitated adult learners for many years and have facilitated panels at the Young Writers’ Festival, The Newcastle Writers’ Festival and the Sydney Writers’ Festival. I have performed my work to a sold out audience at the Sydney Opera House and at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.

Photo by Lisa Madden

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