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Alice Pung Alice Pung i(A98119 works by)
Born: Established: 1981 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
Heritage: Cambodian ; Chinese
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BiographyHistory

Writer and lawyer Alice Pung was born in Footscray, Victoria, and grew up in Braybrook, attending local primary and secondary schools in the Western suburbs of Melbourne. Her parents are Teochew Chinese from Cambodia, who sought refuge in Australia in 1980 after fleeing the Khmer Rouge.

Pung was educated in a number of Melbourne schools, including what was then Christ the King College (now Christ the King Primary school and Caroline Chisholm Catholic College), a Catholic girls' school. A qualified lawyer, she still undertakes work as a legal researcher in the areas of minimum wages and pay equity.

Pung worked extensively with both primary and secondary school students,  as an art instructor, independent school teacher, and student mentor. she has been Writer in Residence and pastoral care adviser at Janet Clarke Hall, the University of Melbourne. In the wake of her young-adult novel Laurinda, she compiled and edited a collection of short stories by Australian secondary-school students influenced the themes of the novel, in My First Lesson.

Pung's work has been widely taught in Australian universites, particularly the memoir Unpolished Gem and the edited collected Growing Up Asian in Australia. Among her awards are the Ethel Turner Prize (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), the Western Australian Premier's Award (non-fiction), and the ABIA Award for Newcomer of the Year. She has also been shortlisted for awards such as the Colin Roderick Award, the 'Nib', the Age Book of the Year Award, the Douglas Stewart Prize for Non-fiction (NSW Premier's Literary Awards), and the Barbara Jefferis Award. Laurinda was longlisted for the Stella Prize, which has never yet been won by a young-adult novel.

In addition to work individually indexed on AustLit, her work has also appeared widely in Australian periodicals, including Meanjin.

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Most Referenced Works

Personal Awards

2022 recipient Order of Australia Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) For service to literature.
2008 recipient Asialink Arts Exchanges Program for residency in China

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon One Hundred Days Carlton : Black Inc. , 2021 20866648 2021 single work novel

'One hundred days. It’s no time at all, she tells me. But she’s not the one waiting.

'In a heady whirlwind of independence, lust and defiance, sixteen-year-old Karuna falls pregnant. Not on purpose, but not entirely by accident, either. Incensed, Karuna’s mother, already over-protective, confines her to their fourteenth-storey housing-commission flat, to keep her safe from the outside world – and make sure she can’t get into any more trouble.

'Stuck inside for endless hours, Karuna battles her mother and herself for a sense of power in her own life, as a new life forms and grows within her. As the due date draws ever closer, the question of who will get to raise the baby – who it will call Mum – festers between them.

'One Hundred Days is a fractured fairytale exploring the fault lines between love and control. At times tense and claustrophobic, it is nevertheless brimming with humour, warmth and character. It is a magnificent new work from one of Australia’s most celebrated writers.' (Publication summary)

2022 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Literary Fiction Book of the Year
2022 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Commercial Fiction Cover designed by Sandy Cull.
y separately published work icon My First Lesson : Stories Inspired by Laurinda Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2016 9665705 2016 anthology life story young adult

'Following the success of Alice Pung’s first YA novel, Laurinda, comes a collection of vivid and surprising stories from young Australians. Inspired by themes of identity and belonging, conflict and bullying, power and fairness, Alice has selected 25 stellar stories from hundreds of entries by Australian secondary school students.' (Source: Publisher's website)

2017 longlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
y separately published work icon Laurinda Melbourne : Black Inc. , 2014 7951220 2014 single work novel young adult (taught in 1 units)

'When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on either side of the main driveway and the enormous sign in iron cursive letters spelling out LAURINDA. No 'Ladies College' after it, of course; the name was meant to speak for itself.

'Laurinda is an exclusive school for girls. At its secret core is the Cabinet, a trio of girls who wield power over their classmates - and some of their teachers.

'Entering this world of wealth and secrets is Lucy Lam, a scholarship girl with sharp eyes and a shaky sense of self. As she watches the Cabinet at work, and is courted by them, Lucy finds herself in a battle for her identity and integrity.

'Funny, feisty and moving, Laurinda explores Lucy's struggle to stay true to herself as she finds her way in a new world of privilege and opportunity.' (Publication summary)

2016 winner New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Ethel Turner Prize for Young People's Literature
2015 shortlisted Inky Awards Gold Inky
2015 joint winner The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Novelist of the Year
2015 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian General Fiction Book of the Year
2015 longlisted The Stella Prize
2015 shortlisted Indie Awards Children's
2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
2015 shortlisted APA Book Design Awards Best Designed Young Adult Book designed by Peter Long.
2017 winner US Author's Circle Young Adult Book of the Year
2017 shortlisted REAL Awards Fiction for Years 7-9
2016 shortlisted Barbara Jefferis Award
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