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Emily Maguire

Author, Social Commentator

Emily Maguire is the award-winning author of three novels and two non-fiction books. Her articles and essays on sex, religion, culture and literature have been published widely in Australian and international magazines, journals and newspapers.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Female sexuality, particularly that of teenagers and young women. Feminism and breaking free of expected gender roles. The importance of empathy and human connection.

What have been the highlights of your career?

My first novel, Taming the Beast, was a finalist for the Dylan Thomas Prize, an international award for writers under 30. In 2007 I was awarded the Edna Ryan Award for writing on women’s Issues and in 2010 I was named a Sydney Morning Herald Young Novelist of the Year.

Where have your works been published?

My essays and articles have been published in The Sydney Morning Herald, The Age and The Australian, as well as The Observer and the Guardian in the UK. I’m also a contributor to The Griffith Review, The Monthly, Sunday Life and Cleo and Cosmopolitan magazines.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about women’s rights, the (often unrecognised) wonder of children and teenagers, empowerment through creative writing and the role of reading in creating more empathetic human beings.


[Students] really enjoyed having a professional person from an area they know (journalism). Further, Emily was really friendly and approachable so the students felt comfortable asking questions. The content was well aimed at their interests and needs.

—I. Galea, Strathfield South High School, December 2012

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