sue woolfe


BREAKING NEWS!! Sue Woolfe’s first two novels have had the honour of being put on the coveted Australian Literary Heritage List as key works in Australia’s literary heritage:www.untapped.org.au


Sue Woolfe is the author of five mainstream-published works of fiction, including the acclaimed best-selling, internationally translated Leaning Towards Infinity, which won Australia’s distinguished prize, the Christina Stead Award, for the year it was published, as well as the Asia Pacific Region section of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was shortlisted for the Tip Tree prize in the US. It was short-listed for almost every major Australian prize. It was translated into French, Italian, and Dutch, and in 1999 was named by US/Australian novelist Jack Dann as one of the most important books of the century. Her first novel, Painted Woman was also nominated for the Commonwealth Prize, and was runner-up in the Australian Bicentennial Award in the year of publication. It was republished several times, including in France in 2007 where it was published in translation. She has adapted both novels for ABC radio, for the professional stage, and Leaning Towards Infinity has been optioned for a film in the US. Both are now available from Untapped as print and as ebooks.Her third novel, The Secret Cure, (publisher UWA) is currently being adapted for an opera, with one of its songs by composer Wendy Suiter already acclaimed. Her fourth novel, The Oldest Song in the World was published 2012 by Harper Collins in Australia and New Zealand, and is now available as an ebook. Her latest book is a collection of short stories published by Simon and Schuster, Do You Love Me or What?

Until recently Sue Woolfe taught Creative Writing at Sydney University, but after doing a Doctorate at UTS in creativity and neuroscience, she now teaches what neuroscience knows about creativity to playwrights at NIDA in NSW and to composers in The School of Music, ANU. She has co-authored, to acclaim, Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written (Allen and Unwin 1991) and as solo author: The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: a Novelist looks at Neuroscience and Creativity (UWA 2007), and numerous scholarly papers, as well as a commissioned course on academia.edu: https://www.academia.edu/courses/G1Jex6

A popular preview of this course is available on You tube: go to You Tube, Sue Woolfe


And most nights, she dances Tango, Argentinian style.