Robbi Neal is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts and contributes to the Ballarat Courier. She began writing in 2001 when she was diagnosed with cancer and thought she would die. Her first manuscript, Sunday Best (2004), won the Varuna HarperCollins Award. She has since been awarded Australia Arts Council grants. Neal was an instigator and director of the Victorian Regional Writers' Festival in Buninyong. Currently (2009) she is working as an artistic director at the Lockhart River Arts Centre, in a remote Aboriginal community in far north Queensland.