Leon Carmen i(9 works by)
Also writes as: Wanda Koolmatrie
Born: Established: 1949 Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Leon Carmen grew up in Torrens Park, Adelaide, and was educated at Unley High School. His father died when he was fourteen years old. He was a member of Red Angel Panic, an early South Australian rock band, and has worked as a public servant, a taxi-driver and a fruit-picker. He moved to Sydney in 1995.

With the help of his literary agent, John Bayley, Carmen wrote an 'autobiography' of a fictitious character, 'Wanda Koolmatrie'. This novel won the Nita May Dobbie Award for a first novel by a woman writer, before being exposed as a hoax in 1997.

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