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Inga Simpson Inga Simpson i(A101050 works by)
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Inga Simpson was raised in central west NSW, and has lived in Canberra, Brisbane, and the Sunshine Coast hinterland: in 2018, she was based on the far south coast of NSW. Before beginning her writing career, she worked as a professional writer and researcher in government and public service, including for the Commonwealth Ombudsman.

Simpson holds a masters in Australian literature from the University of New South Wales and two PhDs: the first in creative writing from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT, conferred 2008) and the second in English literature from The University of Queensland (conferred 2017). Her creative-writing dissertation explored literary lesbian detective fiction, particularly in Australian writing, and included her detective novel 'Fatal Development'. Her English literature dissertation explored Australian nature writing. She subsequently published her first work of nature writing, Understory, in 2017: it was shortlisted for the Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature.

The manuscript for the thriller Off the Grid was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards (best manuscript by an emerging Queensland writer) in 2009, but Simpson's first novel, Mr Wigg, appeared in 2013. Since then, her novels have attracted nominations for such awards as the Miles Franklin Award, the Stella Prize, and the ALS Gold Medal.

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Understory : A Life with Trees 2017 single work autobiography

'Each chapter of this absorbing memoir explores a particular species of tree, layering description, anecdote, and natural history to tell the story of a scrap of forest in the Sunshine Coast hinterland - how the author came to be there and the ways it has shaped her life.

'In many ways, it's the story of a tree-change, of escaping suburban Brisbane for a cottage on ten acres in search of a quiet life. Of establishing a writers' retreat shortly before the Global Financial Crisis hit, and losing just about everything when it did.

'It is also the story of what the author found there: the literature of nature and her own path as a writer. Understory is about connection to place as a white settler descendant, and the search for a language appropriate to describe that experience. '

2018 longlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Autobiography / Biography / Memoir
2018 shortlisted Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature Award for Non-Fiction
Where the Trees Were 2016 single work novel

''All in?' Kieran pulled me up, and the others followed. We gathered around the bigger tree. No one asked Matty - he just reached up and put his right hand on the trunk with ours.

'Kieran cleared his throat. 'We swear, on these trees, to always be friends. To protect each other - and this place.'

'Finding those carved trees forged a bond between Jay and her four childhood friends and opened their eyes to a wider world. But their attempt to protect the grove ends in disaster, and that one day on the river changes their lives forever.

'Seventeen years later, Jay finally has her chance to make amends. But at what cost? Not every wrong can be put right, but sometimes looking the other way is no longer an option.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2017 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2017 shortlisted Indie Awards Fiction
2016 longlisted International Awards Green Carnation Prize
Nest 2014 single work novel

'A gripping and thought-provoking novel about finding the lost child in all of us.

'Once an artist and teacher, Jen now spends her time watching the birds around her house and tending her lush sub-tropical garden near the small hinterland town where she grew up. The only person she sees regularly is Henry, who comes after school for drawing lessons.

'When a girl in Henry's class goes missing, Jen is pulled back into the depths of her own past. She lost her father and her best friend Michael when she was Henry's age. They also went missing - in the same week. The whole town talked about it then, and now, nearly forty years later, they're talking about it again.

'Everyone is waiting - for the girl to be found and the summer rain to arrive. At last, when the answers do come, like the wet, it is in a drenching, revitalising downpour.' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards The Courier-Mail People's Choice Queensland Book of the Year
2015 shortlisted ASAL Awards ALS Gold Medal
2015 longlisted Miles Franklin Literary Award
2015 longlisted The Stella Prize
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