Novelist and poet, Tessa Lunney, is the guest speaker at Friends of Kiama Library's September 7 meeting.
In 2018, her debut novel April in Paris, 1921 was published by Harper Collins Australia and Pegasus Books USA.
It's 1921, and after two years at home in Australia, Katherine King Button has had enough. Her rich parents have ordered her to get married, but after serving as a nurse during the horrors of the Great War, she has vowed never to take orders again. She flees her parents and the prison of their expectations for the place of friendship and freedom: Paris.
Lunney writes Katherine's adventures in the style of a Phrynne Fisher crime fiction romp.
In 2016, Lunney won the prestigious Griffith University Josephine Ulrick Prize for Literature for Chess and Dragonflies and the A Room Of Her Own Foundation Orlando Prize for Fiction for her story Those Ebola Burners Them.
She was also the recipient of a Varuna Fellowship.
In 2014, she was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart grant for literature. Her poetry, short fiction, and reviews have been published in Best Australian Poems 2014, Southerly, Cordite, Griffith Review, and the Australian Book Review, among others. Tessa Lunney lives in Sydney.