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1 y separately published work icon Flipper and Finnegan - The True Story of How Tiny Jumpers Saved Little Penguins Sophie Cunningham , Anil Tortop (illustrator), Crows Nest : Albert Street Books , 2022 24669035 2022 single work picture book children's

'From the bestselling creators of Tippy & Jellybean - The True Story of the Brave Koala who Saved Her Baby From a Bushfire, this affirming and delightful tale is based on a true story of animal rescue and community cooperation.

'Flipper and Finnegan live on a beautiful island.
Every morning they hunt for fish in the clear blue ocean waters.
Every evening they waddle up the beach together with all their friends - it's a penguin parade.

'But one day, when Flipper comes up for air she gets covered in something that is black and smelly and sticky - and Finnegan is nowhere to be seen...

'This is the miraculous true story of how a viral knitting campaign helped save the lives of Phillip Island's Little Penguins.' (Publication summary)

1 6 y separately published work icon This Devastating Fever Sophie Cunningham , Ultimo : Ultimo Press , 2022 24386467 2022 single work novel

'Alice had not expected to spend the first twenty years of the twenty-first century writing about Leonard Woolf. When she stood on Morell Bridge watching fireworks explode from the rooftops of Melbourne at the start of a new millennium, she had only two thoughts. One was: the fireworks are better in Sydney. The other was: was the world’s technology about to crash down around her? The world’s technology did not crash. But there were worse disasters to come: Environmental collapse. The return of fascism. Wars. A sexual reckoning. A plague.

'Uncertain of what to do she picks up an unfinished project and finds herself trapped with the ghosts of writers past. What began as a novel about a member of the Bloomsbury set, colonial administrator, publisher and husband of one the most famous English writers of the twentieth century becomes something else altogether.

'Complex, heartfelt, darkly funny and deeply moving, this is Sophie Cunningham’s most important book to date – a dazzlingly original novel about what it’s like to live through a time that feels like the end of days, and how we can find comfort and answers in the past.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Sitting with Difficult Things Meaningful Action in Contested Times Sophie Cunningham , 2021 single work essay
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 71 2021;
'AS A CHILD in the early 1970s I would sometimes overhear my parents discussing how much commercial television I should be allowed to watch. The shows in question included Get SmartI Dream of Jeannie, Lost in Space and The Brady Bunch. Even though I was only eight years old, I remember being mildly interested in the argument. I understood that what was at stake was a genuine concern for the kind of person I’d grow up to be. But imagine the conversations that started when you were eight years old were still going. The shows being discussed stopped being made decades ago. You’re almost sixty. And the conversation has escalated to an intractable argument.' (Introduction)
1 National Accounts : Meanjin, By Its Editors Jonathan Green , Jim Davidson , Judith Brett , Jenny Lee , Christina Thompson , Stephanie Holt , Ian Britain , Sophie Cunningham , Sally Heath , Zora Sanders , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , Summer vol. 79 no. 4 2020;
1 Murray-Darling Mismanagement : Floods, Water Theft, and Burke and Wills’s Camels Sophie Cunningham , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 30 August 2020;
1 2 y separately published work icon Fire Flood Plague : Australian Writers Respond to 2020 Sophie Cunningham (editor), Melbourne : Vintage Australia , 2020 19897834 2020 anthology essay

'Leading Australian writers respond to the challenges of 2020, to create a vital cultural record of these extraordinary times.

'Writers, scientists, historians, journalists and commentators consider subjects as broad as culture and the arts, working as a doctor, travel, domestic violence, security, immigration, the death of a loved one, geopolitics, distance and zoom to ensure we never forget the experience of this pile-on of a year.

'Including original pieces from Lenore Taylor, Nyadol Nuon, Christos Tsiolkas, Melissa Lucashenko, Billy Griffiths, Jess Hill, Kim Scott, Brenda Walker, Jane Rawson, Omar Sakr, Richard McGregor, Jennifer Mills, Gabrielle Chan, John Birmingham, Tim Flannery, Rebecca Giggs, Kate Cole-Adams, George Megalogenis, James Bradley, Alison Croggan, Melanie Cheng, Kirsten Tranter, Tom Griffiths, Joelle Gergis and Delia Falconer.' (Publication summary)

1 If You Choose to Stay, We May Not Be Able to Save You Sophie Cunningham , 2020 single work essay
— Appears in: Meanjin , June vol. 79 no. 2 2020; (p. 18-25)
'Towards the end of last year, a friend and I sent each other emails full of the thoughts you try not to give voice to. If we were going to be preppers, where would we choose to live? If we bought a block of land in the country, where would we buy? Personally, I’ve always been keen on East Gippsland. The conversation continued. Should we be more concerned about rising sea levels, drought or bushfire? Were we planning on growing vegetables? Keeping chooks? My friend worried about what to say to their children. How bad could it be, we wondered. Bad, we decided. When it happens, my friend added, it’s going to happen quickly.' (Introduction)
1 2 y separately published work icon Tippy and Jellybean Tippy and Jellybean : The True Story of a Brave Koala Who Saved Her Baby from a Bushfire Sophie Cunningham , Anil Tortop (illustrator), Crows Nest : Albert Street Books , 2020 19525336 2020 single work picture book children's

'Tippy and her baby Jellybean live in a beautiful eucalyptus forest.

'One day, they wake up and sniff the air. It's smokey, hot and windy.

'Kangaroos and wallabies are bounding. Lizards and snakes are slithering. Wombats are heading to their burrows.The cockatoos take off in an enormous flock.

'Tippy can't hop. Or run. Or fly. Instead she shelters her baby in the only way she can…

'This is the uplifting story of a mother koala who saved her baby from a bushfire, and the dedicated vets who look after them until they are healed and ready to go home.' (Publication summary)

1 'The Thing I Mostly Am' : The Many Treks of Robyn Davidson Sophie Cunningham , 2020 single work review
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , June-July no. 422 2020; (p. 18)

— Review of Richard Cooke on Robyn Davidson Richard Cooke , 2020 single work essay

'The women that Robyn Davidson had a powerful effect on, Richard Cooke tells us, include author Anna Krien, adventurer Esther Nunn, and his wife. ‘I watched as the power of this book and its author, their energy and weight, worked an entrainment across cultures and generations,’ writes Cooke. In some ways his essay charts his struggle with that power. How not to fall into the trap that others who have tackled Davidson have fallen into? ‘I lagged decades of writers and pilgrims, interlopers and fans. Reading interviews to try to chicane through the questions already asked was pointless. They most often sought answers about the same thing – her first book, now published forty years ago.’' (Introduction)

1 The Birthing Tree Sophie Cunningham , 2019 single work column
— Appears in: The Monthly , July no. 157 2019; (p. 56-57)

 'The article offers information on the Birthing Tree, one of the 260 sacred trees under threat from the building of the highway's Section 2b. It states that it remains common practice to offset vegetation lost by planting new vegetation. It mentions that the state government says it is "committed to working with Aboriginal Victorians towards Australia's first treaty" but its actions indicate that it is more committed to working with Aboriginal Victorians who don't get in the way.'  (Publication abstract)

1 How to Draw a Tree: A Matter of Perspective Sophie Cunningham , 2019 single work autobiography
— Appears in: Griffith Review , January no. 63 2019; (p. 162-268)

'Depending on your definitions, this particular essay has taken three months to write and the book of essays that it's a part of has taken - again, depending on your definitions - five years. Saplings grow far more quickly than my manuscript has. The production timeline of your average physical book is easily long enough for an entire ecosystem to be destroyed. This should make me write faster, but in fact the opposite has happened.' (Publication abstract)


1 5 y separately published work icon City of Trees : Essays on Life, Death and the Need for a Forest Sophie Cunningham , Melbourne : Text Publishing , 2019 15403808 2019 selected work essay autobiography travel

'How do we take in the beauty of our planet while processing the losses? What trees can survive in the city? Which animals can survive in the wild? How do any of us—humans, animals, trees—find a forest we can call home?

'In these moving, thought-provoking essays Sophie Cunningham considers the meaning of trees and our love of them. She chronicles the deaths of both her fathers, and the survival of P-22, a mountain lion in Griffith Park, Los Angeles; contemplates the loneliness of Ranee, the first elephant in Australia; celebrates the iconic eucalyptus and explores its international status as an invasive species.

'City of Trees is a powerful collection of nature, travel and memoir writing set in the context of global climate change. It meanders through, circles around and sometimes faces head on the most pressing issues of the day. It never loses sight of the trees.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

1 Making Waves : Stella Turns Six Sophie Cunningham , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Kill Your Darlings [Online] , February 2018;

'From humble beginnings, the Stella Prize has grown to be a major force in championing Australian women writers. Six years on, one of the prize’s co-founders reflects on prize culture and the successes, challenges and future of the Stella initiative.' 

1 Odd Fish : Frank Moorhouse’s Cold Light Sophie Cunningham , 2018 single work essay
— Appears in: Sydney Review of Books , March 2018;

'I have returned to Cold Light, the third novel in the Edith Trilogy by Frank Moorhouse, time and time again. One of my reasons for going back to it is, as is often the case with writers, self-interest. I am currently writing a novel about Leonard Woolf and Woolf was, like Edith Campbell Berry, an odd fish. A bureaucrat of sorts, committed to public service. A man who could be both cruel and deeply romantic, and, while not as queer as Edith, he certainly surrounded himself with queer acquaintances, living the life of a Bloomsbury man, a man who was in, to quote a phrase oft-used by Edith, in a Bloomsbury Marriage. In the current draft of my novel a fictional character called Bella jots various scenes of a novel she is writing down on 3 x 5 inch cards. It was no surprise to me, really, when researching this lecture, that I discovered Frank Moorhouse carries 3 x 5 inch cards everywhere he goes, in a leather custom made wallet.' (Introduction)

1 Beating the Jinx Sophie Cunningham , 2016 single work autobiography
— Appears in: From the Outer : Footy Like You've Never Heard It 2016;
1 1 y separately published work icon Boundaries Sophie Cunningham , Melbourne : City of Melbourne , 2016 10971748 2016 selected work essay art work

'The ground covered was both geographical and historical: the natural features that shape Melbourne's boundaries were created 400 million years ago, the city founded 180 years ago, and the current boundary lines fixed almost twenty years ago.'

(Publication Summary)

1 Remembering Georgia Blain: 'She Was, Frankly, Magnificent' Sophie Cunningham , 2016 single work obituary (for Georgia Blain )
— Appears in: The Guardian Australia , 14 December 2016;
'The best way to pay tribute to the Australian author, who died in the same week as her mother Anne Deveson, is to read her work.'
1 Review Short : Fiona Wright’s Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Sophie Cunningham , 2015 single work review
— Appears in: Cordite Poetry Review , 1 October no. 52.0 2015;

— Review of Small Acts of Disappearance : Essays on Hunger Fiona Wright , 2015 selected work essay
1 Into the Canyon Sophie Cunningham , 2015 single work prose
— Appears in: Better Than Fiction 2 : True Adventures from 30 Great Fiction Writers 2015;
1 'Staying with the Trouble' Sophie Cunningham , 2015 single work essay
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , May no. 371 2015; (p. 24-29) The Best Australian Essays 2015 2015;
'Percy Grainger walked to avoid self-flagellation. David Sedaris walked to placate his Fitbit. Virginia Woolf walked the streets of London, and later the South Downs, endlessly: because she loved it, because she was walking her dogs, because she needed to think clearly. For Henry Thoreau, every walk was a sort of 'crusade'. Sarah Marquis, who walked 16,000 kilometres over three years, sought a return to an essential self: 'You become what nature needs you to be: this wild thing.' Will Self began walking after he gave up heroin, though in his novel Walking to Hollywood (2010) the protagonist walks not to escape addiction but because he fears he has Alzheimer's. This feels familiar. My brother jokes about starting a group called Running Away from Dementia. Sometimes, catching sight of my reflected posture on a walk, I wonder if I am doing the same thing, walking away from fate. If so, could one ever walk fast enough?' (Publication abstract)