Sue Woolfe

Sue Woolfe is the best-selling author of four novels: Painted Woman, (Random House) Leaning Towards Infinity (Pan Macmillan), The Secret Cure (UWA) and The Oldest Song in the World (UWA). She has adapted two of these to the stage, where they were performed professionally in major Australian theatres to critical acclaim and sell-out audiences, and on ABC radio. The Australia Council in November awarded her a grant to convert The Secret Cure to an opera.

She has also published many short stories, written textbooks for secondary schools, and made documentary films, and she’s been awarded for her TV scripts for children.

She teaches creativity in writing in Australia and overseas. She has taught regularly at national writers’ festivals, the University of Technology, Sydney, Sydney University (for nine years), a regular writing retreat overseas. She currently teaches ‘Neuroscience and Narratology’ at the National Institute of Dramatic Art. Her revolutionary teaching of creativity featured on the BBC radio show, Between the Ears.

Her fascination with creativity and how the creating mind works led to her collaborate with Kate Grenville in Making Stories: How Ten Australian Novels Were Written, and more recently alone The Mystery of the Cleaning Lady: A Writer Looks at Creativity and Neuroscience (UWA Press).

Image credit: Mary Pomfret

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