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Pip Harry

Author, Inspirational Speaker, Journalist

Pip is a multi-award winning author who has been a writer and editor for two decades, working on Australia’s leading national magazines, newspapers and online outlets. Her novels for young adults have been well-received by booksellers, reviewers and award committees and placed in school libraries by Australian Standing Orders, as well as shortlisted for major state awards. She has appeared as a speaker and panellist at many children’s literary events, including the NSW Writers’ Centre Children’s and YA Festival, Whitsunday Voices and Somerset Celebration of Literature. I’ve been published in literary journals and in the UTS Writers’ Anthology.

In 2015 she was one of 10 writers selected to attend the Djerassi Resident Artists Program in Woodside, California, participating in their Young Adult Novel Writing workshop.

As an author, she is interested in writing about real life issues that affect children, young adults and their families. She aims to deal with difficult subject matter in a direct, sensitive and engaging way.

A recent expat to Singapore, she belongs to the Singapore Writers’ Group and has been invited to speak at the National Book Council’s All In Young Writers’ festival this year.

Where were you born?

Melbourne. I also grew up in the USA and Singapore.

What other jobs have you had?

Target check out chick, nanny, rowing and swimming coach, pool lifeguard, sports writer, university lecturer, envelope stuffer, magazine reporter and celebrity interviewer.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Identity and self esteem, growth and personal development, love and relationships, high school survival, grief, rules and authority.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Helping to organise and then coordinate media coverage on 3 Logie awards nights. Making my way up the magazine ladder to become Acting Editor on TV WEEK. Globetrotting as a roving Travel Editor for Woman’s Day Signing a book deal with UQP. Taking a group of homeless writers to the Sydney Writer’s Festival where they read their amazing writing to a capacity crowd.

Where have your works been published?

Australia and NZ

What are you passionate about?

The value and contribution of teenagers in our society. Helping people (particularly the marginalised or damaged) unlock their creative writing skills and enjoy the written word. Australian fiction writing in all its forms. Ocean swimming – throwing myself into the big blue and fighting my way through rips, surf and chop to the finish line!

Haven’t I seen you before?

Why yes! You might know me from such magazines as Good Health, NW, Woman’s Day or TV Week – where I have been a writer, editor and columnist. You might have also seen me standing next to a very famous person on a red carpet.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

A chocolate brownie and a flat white.

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