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Liam Pieper is a Melbourne-based author and journalist.

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to undertake a unique mentorship with Dr Arshia Sattar a world authority in classical Indian literature at Sangam house in Bangalore, India.

Awards for Works

Swerve Island , no. 143 2015 single work short story
2015 winner Geoff Dean Short Story Prize
The Feel-Good Hit of the Year 2014 single work autobiography

'Liam Pieper was raised by his bohemian parents to believe in freedom and creativity, and that there's nothing wrong with smoking a little marijuana to make life more interesting.

'A fast learner, Liam combined hippie self-actualisation with gen Y entrepreneurialism. By his early teens he had a fledgling drug habit, and a thriving business selling pot around the suburbs of Melbourne from the back of his pushbike. He picked up important life skills, like how to befriend a deranged jujitsu master, how to impress his girlfriend's mother by getting arrested in front of her, and how to negotiate pocket money based on how much he was charging his parents for an ounce.

'But from these highs (chemical, financial and otherwise), Liam's life fell to dramatic lows. The muddled flower child became a petty criminal and an amoral coke monster. After a family tragedy and then his arrest on several counts of possession and trafficking, Liam had to consider: had it been a mistake to adopt the practices of a counterculture without any of its ethics?' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted National Biography Award
2015 shortlisted Ned Kelly Awards for Crime Writing Best True Crime
2014 highly commended
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