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Kathryn Heyman Kathryn Heyman i(A27484 works by)
Born: Established: 1965 ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Kathryn Heyman grew up in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales. After completing her Higher School Certificate she moved to Sydney to study arts and social work and subsequently shifted to Queensland, where she worked in theatre and attended the University of Southern Queensland's Drama School. She was a deckhand on a fishing boat in the Timor Sea, a writer and singer of radio jingles, and a waitress before becoming playwright-in-residence for the State Theatre of Western Australia, poet-in-residence for the 1992 Northern Territory Poetry Festival and writer-in-residence for the national Movement Theatre Forum of 1992.

Heyman adapted Paul Jennings's Unreal stories into a play which has had a number of Australian productions. Her play, That's the Way to Do It, for the Edinburgh Fringe Festival received a critic's nomination for the Festival Awards. She took her one-woman poetry play, Dancing on the Word, to the Edinburgh Fringe in 1993 and won the Hallam Poetry Prize the following year for the main poetry sequence in her collection, The Ideal Portrait Company. After moving to Scotland in 1995, Heyman has taught creative writing and drama at Sheffield Hallam University and enrolled in a Masters programme at that university.

Her first novel, The Breaking, was shortlisted for the Stakis Award for the Scottish Writer of the Year, and also listed for the Orange Prize. Heyman has received numerous awards and fellowships, including a Wingate Scholarship, an Arts Council of England Writer's Award, and several Scottish Arts Council Writing Fellowships. She was the Royal Literary Fund Fellow in Australia in 2003 and previously at Westminster Institute of Education, Oxford, for 2000-2001.

Heyman has published five novels since her debut novel appeared in 1997: Keep Your Hands on the Wheel, The Accomplice, Captain Starlight's Apprentice, Floodline, and Storm and Grace. The Accomplice was shortlisted for the Western Australian Premier's Awards, and Captain Starlight's Apprentice for the Kibble Literary Award. Heyman also publishes occasional short stories and less occasional prose pieces, including autobiographical essays and travel writing.

Heyman has conducted numerous creative writing workshops for indigenous Australian community groups in Western Australia, New South Wales and the Northern Territory, and has also formally mentored unpublished Indigenous writers.

Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2020 recipient Australia Council Grants, Awards and Fellowships Individuals and groups ($30,000)
2017 winner Cultural Fund Fellowships Author Fellowship

for 'Words to Live By'

2014 recipient Creative Industries Career Fund to attend workshops for established midlist writers led by Jill Dawson, at Black House, in Ely England.

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Storm and Grace Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2017 9508214 2017 single work novel thriller

'World-famous free-diver Storm Hisray hits Grace Cain like a bolt from the blue. Instantly smitten, she abandons her life in the city to follow him to his idyllic Pacific island. There he teaches Grace the ways of the deep, and she learns to sink to unimaginable depths on one single breath. As their world narrows to the two of them, she learns, too, the dazzling pleasures of her body - but Storm hides as many secrets as the sea.

'Storm begins training Grace to be his new star, and life is blissful until a female diver is featured on the cover of Sports Weekly as 'The Mermaid of the Deep'. Storm starts pushing Grace further and further beyond her limits - both in and out of the water. As her resistance grows, Storm's temper takes a frightening turn and Grace fears she is in deeper - and more dangerous - water than she has ever imagined possible. With a secret of her own, Grace's fears grow to haunt her, even as she prepares for one last, desperate descent. Deeper than anyone has ever been before, this will be the death-defying moment which will make both of their careers. But is death ready to be defied?

'And now, a year after Grace's record, surrounded by the world's media, Storm prepares for the most important dive of his life. Narrated by a chorus of mesmerising sirens, Storm and Grace explores the dazzling thrill of the deep, and its dangers.' (Publication summary)

2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Debut
2018 longlisted Davitt Award Best Adult Crime Novel
y separately published work icon Captain Starlight's Apprentice London : Headline Review , 2006 Z1279798 2006 single work novel

'The story of two women living very different, heroic lives in two very different Australias.

'Jess, circus-raised, is a stunt-rider who can outride any man. In the early days of film she finds her calling, playing wild outlaw women who answer to no one. However, when her Chinese circus-owner husband is killed she is left pregnant and vulnerable and, after suffering the cruellest betrayal of all, she finds herself closer to the outlaw's life than she had ever imagined.

'Rose goes to Australia from England in the 1950s, in search of a new life. But neither the new country nor motherhood is what she had expected and, very quickly, she finds herself estranged from those she loves, incarcerated and terrified. Yet Rose is strong, and she will manage not only to save herself, but also to shed new light on Jess's story in a moving and deeply satisfying way.' (Publisher's blurb)

2007 shortlisted Kibble Literary Awards Nita Kibble Literary Award
y separately published work icon The Accomplice London : Headline Review , 2003 Z1027769 2003 single work novel historical fiction romance

'This is the story of one of the most shocking events of the seventeenth century: the wreck of a Dutch ship, the Batavia, off the west coast of Australia, and the extraordinary events that befell its stranded survivors. It is also the story of Judith Bastiaansz, sailing with her family to a new life, who is caught up in something well beyond her experience: first infatuation and then, perhaps, something far more dangerous. Combining a gripping narrative with vivid historical detail, this is a beautiful, terrifying, deeply moving novel of love and anarchy.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2003 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Fiction
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