Heather Rose is the Australian author of seven novels. Heather writes for both adults and children and her books have been shortlisted, long-listed or won awards for literary fiction, crime fiction, fantasy/ sci fi and children’s literature.
Heather is the 2017 recipient of the Stella Prize, the Christina Stead Prize and the Margaret Scott Prize for her latest novel – The Museum of Modern Love.
The Museum of Modern Love – Allen & Unwin, 2016
The River Wife – Allen & Unwin, 2009
The Butterfly Man – University Queensland Press, 2005
White Heart – Transworld, 1999
And as Angelica Banks with Danielle Wood for younger readers:
Finding Serendipity – Allen & Unwin 2013
A Week Without Tuesday – Allen & Unwin 2015
Blueberry Pancakes Forever – Allen & Unwin 2016
A little more detail…
Heather’s first novel White Heart was published in 1999. It was followed by The Butterfly Man in 2005 – a story based on the disappearance of Lord Lucan in 1974. It was long-listed for the IMPAC International Dublin Literary Award, shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award and won the 2006 Davitt Award for the Crime Fiction Novel of the Year written by an Australian woman.
In 2007 Heather received the Eleanor Dark Fellowship and an Arts Tasmania Wilderness Residency for her novel The River Wife. The River Wife was published in 2009.
The series begins with Finding Serendipity (published in Australia, Germany and the USA in 2013/14). The sequel A Week Without Tuesday was published internationally in 2014/ 2015 and was shortlisted for the 2015 Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Fiction. The third and final book in the series – Blueberry Pancakes Forever – was published in Australia in 2016 with Germany and the USA to follow in 2016/17. It was also shortlisted for the 2016 Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Fiction.
Heather’s latest adult novel – The Museum of Modern Love – was published by Allen & Unwin in August 2016. It is inspired by the life and work of the artist Marina Abramovic who appears (with permission) as a character in the book. The Museum of Modern Love won The Stella Prize in 2017 for the best book (either fiction or non-fiction) written by an Australian woman.
The Museum of Modern Love also won the 2017 Christina Stead Prize for fiction in the New South Wales Premier’s Prizes. Heather is the first Tasmanian to win the award since Helen Hodgman in 1989 for her book Broken Words. Other winners include Helen Garner, Peter Carey, David Malouf and Michelle De Krester.
The Museum of Modern Love also won the 2017 Margaret Scott Prize in the Tasmanian Premier’s Prizes for the best book by a Tasmanian author and the People’s Choice Award. It was also shortlisted for the Australian Literary Society medal and the Queensland Premier’s Prizes.
The Museum of Modern Love is currently long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Award to be announced in 2018. It is long-listed alongside some other fabulous Australian novels by Hannah Kent, Emily Maguire, Jane Harper and Anita Heiss.
Heather’s work has appeared in journals and anthologies including Art and Australia, Meanjin and Island magazine.
Heather has also had a significant career in business. She is a Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year and the recipient of two national ABAF awards for her substantial contribution to the arts. She has also won over 25 national and international awards for advertising and marketing.
And for more about the Tuesday McGillycuddy series for younger readers please visit Tuesday’s website
Heather and Angelica Banks are represented in Australia by Gaby Naher, Naher Agency.
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Heather was first published at 16 in the Hobart Mercury when she won the Junior Division of the Tasmanian Short Story competition. At 17 she had a weekly sailing column. Through year 12 and beyond, Heather undertook various jobs including making cocktails, picking carnations and working at Social Security.
At nineteen Heather left Tasmania and spent several years travelling through Asia and Europe where she worked variously as a goatherd, youth hostel manager, silver service waitress, kitchen hand, olive and grape picker and companion. She returned to Australia and settled in Melbourne becoming an advertising Copywriter. She later became Creative Group Head of Australia’s second largest advertising agency, Mattingly & Partners, creating major national campaigns for some of Australia’s best-known brands.
In 1996 Heather returned to Tasmania with her family and began her first novel, White Heart. White Heart was published in 1999 by Transworld under the Anchor imprint. It received generous reviews both in Australia and the United States and was instantly a local success becoming a Tasmanian bestseller.
In 2004 Heather completed The Butterfly Man about the disappearance of Lord Lucan from England in 1974. It was published in November 2005 by University of Queensland Press. The Butterfly Man went on to be shortlisted for the Nita B Kibble Award, long-listed for the IMPAC award and won the Davitt Award in 2006. It was chosen for the Books Alive program in 2007. It is an audiobook through Bolinda Audio.
In 2009 The River Wife was published by Allen & Unwin. The River Wife, set in the Tasmanian highlands, was inspired by Heather’s love of Lake St Clair. It is a myth in the tradition of magical realism borne of many days spent wandering the Lake St Clair region though four seasons. The unpublished manuscript earned Heather the international Eleanor Dark Fellowship giving her a month at Varuna, The Writer’s House, in the Blue Mountains and a month in Scotland with the Unesco City of Literature, to develop the novel.
In 2005 Heather began a novel based on the work of performance artist Marina Abramovic. This would prove to be a novel about endurance both in content and creation. Heather was the inaugural Writer in Residence at MONA in Hobart in 2012/13 while completing the novel. In 2016 The Museum of Modern Love was published by Allen & Unwin.
In 2010 Heather partnered with Danielle Wood to create a children’s series for primary age readers. The first in the acclaimed series – Finding Serendipity – was published in Australia in 2013. It was quickly picked up by publishers Magellan in Germany and Henry Holt in the USA in a three book deal. Book two is A Week Without Tuesday published internationally in 2014/15 and the third book is Blueberry Pancakes Forever published internationally in 2016/17.
Sometimes when one writer talks to another, fascinating insights occur. Heather has interviewed a wide range of high profile authors in conjunction with Fullers Bookshop and the Tasmanian Writers Centre including:
Elizabeth Gilbert – international best-selling author of Eat, Pray Love, The Signature of All Things, and Big Magic…
DBC Pierre – Booker Prize winner of Vernon God Little, Ludmilla’s Broken English, Breakfast with the Borgias …
Geraldine Brooks – Pulitzer Prize winner and author of Caleb’s Crossing, People of the Book, Year of Wonders, The Secret Chord …
Don Watson – prize-winning Australian author of Keating – Recollections of a Bleeding Heart, The Bush …
Katherine Scholes – bestselling author of The Rain Queen, The Perfect Wife, Lioness, The Hunter’s Wife…
Tracy Chevalier – bestselling author of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, Remarkable Creatures, The Last Runaway…
Christos Tsiolkas – prize winning Australian author of The Slap, Loaded, Barracuda…
Julia Gillard – Australia’s first female Prime Minister and author of My Story.
Charlotte Wood – prize-winning Australian author of Pieces of a Girl, Animal People, The Natural Way of Things…
Heather has had a significant career in business spending ten years as a copywriter and later becoming Creative Group Head in Australia’s second largest advertising agency – Mattingly & Partners in Melbourne.
In 1999, after returning to Tasmania with her young family, Heather co-founded advertising agency Coo’ee Tasmania and built it into the state’s most highly awarded agency responsible for the leading community and social education campaigns.
In 2004 Heather won the Telstra Tasmanian Business Woman of the Year reflecting the extraordinary growth and success of Coo’ee Tasmania under her leadership as Managing Director.
In 2007, Coo’ee Tasmania transformed into Australia’s first green communications agency – Green Team Australia Pty. Ltd. partnered with Green Team USA in New York. Heather became Chairman and Managing Director. Green Team Australia specialised in health, education and community engagement for national and international clients. The business won more than 25 international creative awards and had offices in Melbourne, Sydney and Hobart. A love affair with New York began and continues.
Heather was appointed Chairman of the Festival of Voices from 2008 – 2011 building it from a fledgling festival into Tasmania’s premier winter event attracting thousands of people from interstate and overseas. She was awarded two national Australian Business Arts Foundation awards (now Creative Partnerships Australia) in 2010 and 2011 for the success of the Festival and her personal philanthropy.
In 2013 Heather was appointed as an inaugural Director of the Macquarie Point Development Corporation, overseeing Tasmania’s most exciting development precinct.
In 2013 Heather co-created the luxury accommodation business Library House in Hobart, featuring Heather’s extensive collection of books. It was named as one of Virgin’s Top 5 new getaways in Australia in 2014 and winning the Stayz Indulgence Accommodation for Tasmania in the same year.
In 2015 Library House was sold and continues to be a favourite Tasmanian tourism and luxury accommodation destination.
With her three children largely grown, Heather is now currently (slowly) undertaking a Bachelor of Fine Arts at UTAS. She lives on the shores of the River Derwent where she writes, paints, admires clouds, ocean swims, grows things, and makes the occasional cake for family and loved ones.